Land Use

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,...

 

Rio Tinto Withdraws From Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Rio Tinto Withdraws From Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

  LONDON, UK, April 7, 2014 (ENS) – The British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto will give its shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd., owner of the Pebble Project, to Alaskan charitable foundations, ending its involvement in the...

 

U.S. Indicts Six for Bribery Over Titanium Mining in India

U.S. Indicts Six for Bribery Over Titanium Mining in India

  CHICAGO, Illinois, April 3, 204 (ENS) – Alleged bribes of Indian officials to secure licenses to mine titanium minerals in India have led to charges of racketeering conspiracy brought by the U.S. Government against six foreign nationals,...

 

Warm Praise for Afghan Reconstruction Project

Warm Praise for Afghan Reconstruction Project

  By Ahmad Shah KHOST, Afghanistan, March 17, 2014 (ENS) – Residents of Khost province in southeast Afghanistan say a nationwide development initiative is making a real difference to their daily lives, calming tribal tensions and...

 

EPA Acts to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishery From Mining

EPA Acts to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishery From Mining

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today began a process under the Clean Water Act to identify options that would protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay,...

 

First Global Forest Protection Platform Opens Online

First Global Forest Protection Platform Opens Online

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2014 (ENS) – Global Forest Watch, a new, free online monitoring and alert system for forest management, was launched Thursday by more than 40 organizations, including the World Resources Institute, Google...

 

Obama Signs $1 Trillion Farm Bill Into Law

Obama Signs $1 Trillion Farm Bill Into Law

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Today, President Barack Obama signed into law the nearly $1 trillion farm bill, H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014, which extends, expands, or modifies federal agriculture and nutrition...

 

UN to Help Iraq With Environmental Restoration

UN to Help Iraq With Environmental Restoration

  BAGHDAD, Iraq, January 26, 2014 (ENS) – To restore Iraq’s deteriorating environment, the Government of Iraq has signed a landmark cooperation agreement with the UN Environment Programme to speed environmental recovery and support...

 

Crops Eating Into World’s Natural Land Base

Crops Eating Into World’s Natural Land Base

  DAVOS, Switzerland, January 24, 2014 (ENS) – Lands covering an area the size of Brazil could be degraded by 2050 if conversion of natural lands to crop lands continues, warns a report by the UN Environment Programme, presented at...

 

Kenya Burns Indigenous People Out of Ancestral Lands

Kenya Burns Indigenous People Out of Ancestral Lands

  NAIROBI, Kenya, January 22, 2014 (ENS) – The Kenyan government has sent Kenya Forest Service guards, with police support, to Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills to forcibly and illegally evict thousands of Sengwer indigenous...

 

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 17, 2014 (ENS) – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, and drinking water supplies at risk in many California communities, Governor Jerry Brown today...

 

EPA: Bristol Bay Mine Threatens World’s Largest Salmon Fishery

EPA: Bristol Bay Mine Threatens World’s Largest Salmon Fishery

  SEATTLE, Washington, January 15, 2014 (ENS) – Proposed large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed would pose risks to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and Alaska Native cultures dependent on salmon,...

 

Palm Oil Company Fined Millions for Burning Sumatran Forest

Palm Oil Company Fined Millions for Burning Sumatran Forest

  By Annette Gartland MEULABOH DISTRICT, Aceh, Indonesia,‎ January 12, 2014 (ENS) – An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies...

 

Malaysia’s Indigenous People Intensify Anti-Dam Battle

Malaysia’s Indigenous People Intensify Anti-Dam Battle

  KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 23, 2013 (ENS) – The strongest wave of indigenous protests since the 1990s is underway in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. On International Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds...

 

Georgian Forests Face Burning Issue

Georgian Forests Face Burning Issue

  By Tea Topuria TBILISI, Georgia, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – Experts are warning that rural Georgians’ heavy reliance on burning wood for fuel is having a devastating effect on forests across the country. The environmental impact...

 

Small Illicit Gold Mines Devour Peru’s Amazon Rainforest

Small Illicit Gold Mines Devour Peru’s Amazon Rainforest

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 28, 2013 (ENS) – The area covered by gold mining in the biologically rich Madre De Dios region in the Peruvian Amazon has quadrupled in the years from 1999 to 2012, finds new research published online today. For...

 

Malaysia to Increase Palm Oil Component of Biodiesel

Malaysia to Increase Palm Oil Component of Biodiesel

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, October 28, 2013 (ENS) – Malaysia is about to require a higher concentration of palm oil in its biodiesel fuel blend, government and industry and  sources said last week. The new B7 biofuel blend would increase...

 

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...