Land Use

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

  KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time in the 50-year history of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, a chief minister has taken the timber industry to task. Chief Minister Adenan...

 

Massey Coal Executive Indicted for Fatal Mine Explosion

Massey Coal Executive Indicted for Fatal Mine Explosion

  CHARLESTON, West Virginia, November 15, 2014 (ENS) – Don Blankenship, former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards and impeding federal mine safety...

 

IUCN Debuts Green List of Protected Areas at World Parks Congress

IUCN Debuts Green List of Protected Areas at World Parks Congress

  SYDNEY, Australia, November 14, 2014 (ENS) – The IUCN’s Green List of Protected Areas was introduced to the world today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Held once every 10 years by the International Union for the...

 

Brazilian Judge Sides With Tribe Over Land Threatened by Dams

Brazilian Judge Sides With Tribe Over Land Threatened by Dams

  BRASILIA, Brazil, November 6, 2014 (ENS) – In a struggle between a Brazilian indigenous tribe and the federal government over two dams that would flood lands claimed by the tribe, a federal judge has ruled that the government must...

 

Swiss Publisher Defies Malaysian Threats Against ‘Money Logging’

Swiss Publisher Defies Malaysian Threats Against ‘Money Logging’

BASEL, Switzerland, November 3, 2014 (ENS) – Swiss publisher Bergli Books announced today that, as planned, it will publish Lukas Straumann’s book, “Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia,” despite demands...

 

President Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

President Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 21, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama has used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish 540 square miles of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California as a national...

 

New Dam Causing Ripples in Northern Kenya

New Dam Causing Ripples in Northern Kenya

  By Robert Wanjala NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6, 2014 (ENS) – Wario Galelo, 64, raises livestock downstream from the site of a hydroelectric dam which the Kenyan government plans to construct on the Ewaso Ngiro river in the north of...

 

Court Blocks West Virginia Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine

Court Blocks West Virginia Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2014 (ENS) – A long court battle came to an end Tuesday when a federal judge upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of a permit for a large, contentious mountaintop removal coal mine...

 

Rocky Mountain Forests Vanishing as Planet Heats Up

Rocky Mountain Forests Vanishing as Planet Heats Up

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, September 10, 2014 (ENS) – Climate change could kill up to 90 percent of the forests covering the Rocky Mountains, warned  the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists today in a new study based in part...

 

Snow Sales Replace Illegal Logging in Afghan Province

Snow Sales Replace Illegal Logging in Afghan Province

  By Qaisar Khosti KHOST, Afghanistan, September 8, 2014 (ENS) – For hundreds of years, people in Afghanistan have stockpiled winter snows in specially-dug pits so they can use it during the scorching summer months. Now, residents...

 

Global Action Plan to Protect Soil Resources Approved

Global Action Plan to Protect Soil Resources Approved

  ROME, Italy, July 25, 2014 (ENS) – A third of the world’s soils are degraded by erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, urbanization, and chemical pollution, soil experts at a global conference warned today. There, governments...

 

EPA Blocks Giant Alaska Mine to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon

EPA Blocks Giant Alaska Mine to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon

  SEATTLE, Washington, July 18, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed regulations to protect one of the world’s most valuable salmon fisheries, in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the risks posed by a proposed...

 

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

  BLACKSBURG, Virginia, June 12, 2014 (ENS) – The poison ivy itch of summer could become a thing of the past for the millions of people who are allergic to the plant if the findings by Virginia Tech researchers are commercialized. Scientists...

 

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

  By Ahmad Shah KHOST, Afghanistan, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – At least half the once-thriving fruit and nut orchards in Khost in southeast Afghanistan have been destroyed, and the rest have fallen into disuse through neglect, according...

 

Obama Creates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Obama Creates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama has proclaimed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region in south central New Mexico to be a National Monument, extending the protective status across more than 775 square miles. Retired...

 

British Columbia Not Obliged to Protect Endangered Forests

British Columbia Not Obliged to Protect Endangered Forests

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, May 11, 2014 (ENS) – A British Columbia Supreme Court decision undermines government claims that B.C.’s forestry laws are among the strongest in the world, environment groups said Friday,...

 

Underground Options Open for New Hampshire’s New Power Line

Underground Options Open for New Hampshire’s New Power Line

  By Martin Laine CONCORD, New Hampshire, May 5, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Energy has released a list of alternatives under consideration for the controversial Northern Pass transmission line project in New Hampshire. The...

 

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2014 (ENS) – Thousands of Earth Day actions today brought people together to plant trees and preserve forests, create cleaner, greener cities and safeguard wildlife. A life-sized 90-foot-long inflatable...

 

Georgian Eco-Warriors in Battle to Save Tbilisi Park

Georgian Eco-Warriors in Battle to Save Tbilisi Park

  By Yana Israelyan TBILISI, Georgia, April 10, 2014 (ENS) – Activists who have set up a protest camp in a central Tbilisi park say they are fighting to save one of the Georgian capital’s rare green spaces. The city government has...

 

Oil Vote Deadline Looms for Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park

Oil Vote Deadline Looms for Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park

  By Kelly Swing QUITO, Ecuador, April 8, 2014 (ENS) – In 2007, for the meager sum of US$3.6 billion, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa offered the world a chance to buy into a conservation plan, called the Yasuní-ITT Initiative,...