Gov/Politics

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

  LONDON, UK, April 4, 2014 (ENS) – A comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in England by 2038 was released Thursday by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Paterson’s strategy abandons previous plans to extend...

 

Loss of Crimea Changes Ukraine’s Energy Picture: Robert Bensh

Loss of Crimea Changes Ukraine’s Energy Picture: Robert Bensh

  KIEV, Ukraine, March 21, 2014 – Energy and energy security expert Robert Bensh explains how Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will shape the oil and gas industry in an exclusive interview with James Stafford...

 

Obama Backs Off Expensive, Risky MOX Nuclear Fuel Facility

Obama Backs Off Expensive, Risky MOX Nuclear Fuel Facility

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 withdraws federal funding for a long-delayed project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors. The Mixed...

 

Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2014 (ENS) – President Obama today released a $3.9 trillion budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015 with many green features, including funds for his Climate Action Plan and a new Climate Resiliency Fund. President...

 

State Dept. Review Clears Keystone XL Environmental Contractor

State Dept. Review Clears Keystone XL Environmental Contractor

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2014 (ENS) – The State Department Office of Inspector General has cleared the contractor that prepared the most recent environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline of allegations that the...

 

Obama Warns Canada, Mexico on Climate Impacts of Keystone XL

Obama Warns Canada, Mexico on Climate Impacts of Keystone XL

  TOLUCA, Mexico, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – Without revealing any decision, President Barack Obama Wednesday made his strongest statement to date on the potential environmental impact of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The...

 

Obama, Hollande Cooperate on 2015 Global Climate Change Pact

Obama, Hollande Cooperate on 2015 Global Climate Change Pact

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2014 (ENS) – The leaders of France and the United States today agreed to expand their work to curb climate change in advance of the United Nations climate summit next year in Paris, where the world is...

 

Enviros Criticize Obama’s State of the Union Address

Enviros Criticize Obama’s State of the Union Address

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2014 (ENS) – From the first words of his State of the Union Address tonight, President Barack Obama focused on jobs and economic growth. Even his support for cleaner sources of energy to combat climate...

 

UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change

UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change

  LONDON, UK, January 9, 2014 (ENS) – The River Thames continues to rise in response to recent heavy rainfall, and communities in the south of England should be prepared for further flooding this week from groundwater and rivers,...

 

EPA Senior Official Jailed for 32 Months After Fake Spy Scam

EPA Senior Official Jailed for 32 Months After Fake Spy Scam

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2013 (ENS) – John C. Beale, a former employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he admitted perpetrating multiple frauds under the guise...

 

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

MANILA, Philippines, December 12, 2013 (ENS) – An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices charged with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve...

 

Washington Voters Nix GMO Labels; Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Washington Voters Nix GMO Labels; Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

  OLYMPIA, Washington, November 6, 2013 (ENS) – The ballot measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington State, Initiative 522, was defeated Tuesday by a record spending campaign by America‚Äôs food manufacturing...

 

Obama Creates Interagency Council and Task Force on Climate

Obama Creates Interagency Council and Task Force on Climate

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2013 (ENS) – To prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change already being felt across the country, President Barack Obama today established an interagency Council on Climate Preparedness...

 

Poll: EPA Shutdown Opposed, Speaker Boehner Out of Sync

Poll: EPA Shutdown Opposed, Speaker Boehner Out of Sync

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2013 (ENS) – In a public opinion poll released today, almost two-thirds of Americans said they opposed the near shutdown of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the 16 day-long government shutdown...

 

Supreme Court to Rule on EPA’s Right to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Supreme Court to Rule on EPA’s Right to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 16, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will review an appeals court ruling that unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s right to regulate greenhouse gases emitted...

 

Russian Police Seek Sochi Games Environmental Whistleblower

Russian Police Seek Sochi Games Environmental Whistleblower

  KRASNODAR, Russia, October 10, 2013 (ENS) – Police from Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs today attempted to arrest the coordinator of Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, after tapping his office phone. The environmental...

 

In Iran, Green Is Sometimes Safest

In Iran, Green Is Sometimes Safest

  By Narges Bajoghli NEW YORK, New York, October 9, 2013 (ENS) – This past summer, I sat in a small conference room in central Tehran with a group of activists who were excitedly planning for their next projects. The recent election...

 

U.S. Government Grinds to a Halt, Costing the Country Billions

U.S. Government Grinds to a Halt, Costing the Country Billions

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2013 (ENS) – Due to the shutdown of the U.S. federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations as of October 1, the National Park Service has closed all 401 national parks and suspended operation...

 

UN General Assembly Debates Syria, Post-2015 Development

UN General Assembly Debates Syria, Post-2015 Development

  NEW YORK, New York, September 24, 2013 (ENS) – As he opened the annual United Nations forum for world leaders today, General Assembly President John Ashe appealed for renewed commitments to eradicate poverty, address climate change,...

 

G-20 to Phase Out Super Greenhouse Gas, Fossil Fuel Subsidies

G-20 to Phase Out Super Greenhouse Gas, Fossil Fuel Subsidies

  ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, September 6, 2013 (ENS) – Transcending their disagreements over Syrian chemical weapons, the G-20 leaders managed to reach agreement on confronting climate change in two ways. They will phase down refrigerant...