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Round-The-World Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii

Round-The-World Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, July 3, 2015 (ENS) – The world’s first attempt to circumnavigate the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power has completed the longest, most difficult leg of its journey. Landing in...

 

Jamaica’s 1st World Heritage Site: Historic Mountains

Jamaica’s 1st World Heritage Site: Historic Mountains

  BONN, Germany, July 3, 2015 (ENS) – Jamaica’s rugged Blue and John Crow Mountains, where thick forests once sheltered fleeing slaves, today became the Caribbean island nation’s first World Heritage site. Extensions of South...

 

5,000 Evacuated in Tennessee Toxic Train Derailment

5,000 Evacuated in Tennessee Toxic Train Derailment

  MARYVILLE, Tennessee, July 2, 2015 (ENS) – Not three weeks after CSX rail was named to Newsweek’s Green Rankings for environmental efficiency and sustainable business practices, a CSX train car derailed and caught fire in...

 

Anti-Poverty Activist Awarded $250,000 World Food Prize

Anti-Poverty Activist Awarded $250,000 World Food Prize

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2015 (ENS) – Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been awarded the 2015 World Food Prize, given in recognition of those whose achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. Calling the...

 

BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster

BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2015 (ENS) – British oil giant BP has reached agreements with the United States, five States and many local governments totaling $18.7 billion to settle all civil claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon...

 

United to Fly on Jet Biofuel Sourced From Trash

United to Fly on Jet Biofuel Sourced From Trash

  CHICAGO, Illinois, July 1, 2015 (ENS) – United Airlines has invested $30 million in alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, a company that turns municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel. The deal “represents...

 

New York State First to Ban Fracking

New York State First to Ban Fracking

  ALBANY, New York, June 30, 2015 (ENS) – A statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was made official across New York State on Monday, nearly a year after communities won the right to ban oil and gas development...

 

Taiwan’s Overseas Nuclear Reprocessing Plan Stalled

Taiwan’s Overseas Nuclear Reprocessing Plan Stalled

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 28, 2015 (ENS) – Taiwan Power Company, the state-owned utility that operates Taiwan’s three nuclear power plants, proposed a pilot project late last year to send 1,200 spent fuel bundles...

 

IUCN: Iberian Lynx Recovering, Lions Losing Ground

IUCN: Iberian Lynx Recovering, Lions Losing Ground

  GLAND, Switzerland, June 24, 2015 (ENS) – The Iberian Lynx and the Guadalupe Fur Seal are recovering, but the Lion, the African Golden Cat and the New Zealand Sea Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, finds the latest...

 

Lithium-ion Batteries Reinvented: Semisolid, Foldable

Lithium-ion Batteries Reinvented: Semisolid, Foldable

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 24, 2015 (ENS) – An innovative approach to manufacturing lithium-ion batteries promises to halve the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while boosting their performance and...

 

Risk Analysis: Global Climate Action Would Benefit USA

Risk Analysis: Global Climate Action Would Benefit USA

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2015 (ENS) – Global action on climate change would avoid 12,000 deaths a year from extreme temperatures in 49 U.S. cities, compared to a future with no cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, finds a new peer-reviewed...

 

Corporations Demand Higher Palm Oil Standards

Corporations Demand Higher Palm Oil Standards

BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 23, 2015 (ENS) – Institutional investors representing over $5 trillion in assets have joined some of the world’s most recognizable consumer brands, such as PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble, to demand higher...

 

U.S. Heavy Trucks Must Burn Less Fuel, Cut CO2 Emissions

U.S. Heavy Trucks Must Burn Less Fuel, Cut CO2 Emissions

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2015 (ENS) – The Obama Administration is proposing standards for heavy and medium-duty trucks and buses that are expected to improve fuel efficiency by one-third and cut carbon emissions to fight climate...

 

Times Square Ivory Crush Strikes a Blow for Elephants

Times Square Ivory Crush Strikes a Blow for Elephants

  NEW YORK, New York, June 20, 2015 (ENS) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Friday joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and other leaders to destroy more than one ton of confiscated elephant ivory in...

 

Pope Francis: Protect the Climate as a ‘Common Good’

Pope Francis: Protect the Climate as a ‘Common Good’

  VATICAN CITY, June 18, 2015 (ENS) – “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all,” declares Pope Francis in his first major teaching on the environment, an encyclical letter released today. Pope...

 

139 Arrested in Historic Wildlife Crime Operation

139 Arrested in Historic Wildlife Crime Operation

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, June 18, 2015 (ENS) – The largest-ever coordinated international law enforcement operation against illegal trade in endangered species has resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including:...

 

‘Don’t Nuke the Climate,’ Groups Warn Paris Negotiators

‘Don’t Nuke the Climate,’ Groups Warn Paris Negotiators

  PARIS, France, June 17, 2015 (ENS) – Clean energy groups from around the world Tuesday launched an anti-nuclear petition to world leaders in support of a “nuclear-free, carbon-free path” at the United Nations climate...

 

Frog Survivors Emerge From Battle With Killer Fungus

Frog Survivors Emerge From Battle With Killer Fungus

  CANBERRA, Australia, June 15, 2015 (ENS) – Against all odds, some Australian native frog species are surviving the lethal chytrid fungus, while others are losing their lives to it, new research shows. The whistling tree frog is...

 

Nuclear Fuel Bank to Be Established in Kazakhstan

Nuclear Fuel Bank to Be Established in Kazakhstan

  VIENNA, Austria, June 13, 2015 (ENS) – International Atomic Energy Agency officials have approved an agreement with Kazakhstan to establish a reserve bank of low enriched uranium, LEU, in that Central Asian country. LEU is used...

 

Eurasian Songbird Being Eaten Into Extinction

Eurasian Songbird Being Eaten Into Extinction

  CAMBRIDGE, UK, June 10, 2015 (ENS) – A songbird once abundant from Finland to Japan, the Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola, has all but disappeared from Eastern Europe, Russia, large parts of Western and Central Siberia,...

 
 
 
 

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