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AmeriScan: August 28, 2014

AmeriScan: August 28, 2014

  California Lawmakers Vote ‘Yes’ for One Million Electric Vehicles … ExxonMobil Pipeline Pays $1.4 Million for Louisiana Oil Spill … Small Railroads Get Help to Make Hazmat Hauling Safer … Cross-country Train...

 

California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

  SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up...

 

Enticed by Marie’s Waves, California Surfer Dies

Enticed by Marie’s Waves, California Surfer Dies

  LOS ANGELES, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – High waves generated by Tropical Storm Marie hammering Southern California beaches turned fatal on Tuesday. An unconscious surfer rescued from the turbulent waters near Malibu Pier...

 

Greece Calls for Firefighting Help to Save Ancient City

Greece Calls for Firefighting Help to Save Ancient City

  ATHENS, Greece, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Wildfires devouring forests in the central and southern parts of Greece are being extinguished with the help of the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism. France responded to Greece’s...

 

Analysis: Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines Powered by Sun, Wind

Analysis: Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines Powered by Sun, Wind

  By Andrew Topf LONDON, UK, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable...

 

Icelandic Volcano Shaken by Earthquakes, Airlines on Alert

Icelandic Volcano Shaken by Earthquakes, Airlines on Alert

  REYKJAVIK, Iceland, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Icelandic officials and scientists are warning airlines and travelers of intense seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland’s second highest mountain. Starting in early...

 

Malaysian Police Go For Hybrid Patrol Cars

Malaysian Police Go For Hybrid Patrol Cars

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, August 25, 2014 (ENS) – In October, the Royal Malaysian Police will begin using hybrid patrol cars and electric motorcycles, not only for their headquarters at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, but throughout the...

 

Five Marine Sanctuaries Created in Barbuda Coastal Waters

Five Marine Sanctuaries Created in Barbuda Coastal Waters

  ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, August 25, 2014 (ENS) – The twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has imposed new regulations to establish five marine sanctuaries protecting 33 percent of the waters surrounding...

 

Major Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

Major Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

  SACRAMENTO, California, August 24, 2014 (ENS) – At 3:20 am Sunday, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the small city of American Canyon in California’s wine-growing Napa County, 35 miles northeast of San Francisco. The quake...

 

Air Toxics Cleared for U.S. Urban Dwellers

Air Toxics Cleared for U.S. Urban Dwellers

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2014 (ENS) – The air over U.S. metropolitan areas has improved during the 24 years since Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, finds a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection...

 

AmeriScan: August 22, 2014

AmeriScan: August 22, 2014

  Conservation International’s Climate TV Series Wins Emmy … Leonardo di Caprio Narrates New Climate Film “Carbon” … California’s Record Drought Lifts Earth’s Surface … EPA Sends Renewable...

 

NASA Chooses Four Winning Climate App Designers

NASA Chooses Four Winning Climate App Designers

  MOFFETT FIELD, California, August 22, 2014 (ENS) – Reuben Cummings from Peoria, Illinois is designing a web application to map potential and actual climate-related environmental hazards such as wildfires, flood, and drought across...

 

Dutch King to Attend Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Refinery Opening

Dutch King to Attend Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Refinery Opening

  EMMETSBURG, Iowa, August 21, 2014 (ENS) – His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that he plans to attend the opening of an Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant co-owned by a Dutch company. The POET-DSM Advanced...

 

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

  MANILA, Philippines, August 20, 2014 (ENS) – Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian...

 

AmeriScan: August 19, 2014

AmeriScan: August 19, 2014

  Oregon Rejects Coal Export Terminal … Weather Gives California Firefighters, Evacuees a Break … Malibu Parents, Teachers Plan to Sue Over Toxic Classrooms … USDA Invests New Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water … U.S....

 

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years

  NAIROBI, Kenya, August 19, 2014 (ENS) – Some 100,000 elephants were illegally killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012, finds the first verifiable estimate of the impacts of the ongoing ivory crisis on Africa’s elephant populations. Published...

 

U.S. Completes Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons At Sea

U.S. Completes Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons At Sea

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, August 18, 2014 (ENS) – All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have...

 

Ebola Crisis Worse Than Feared, Health Workers Harassed

Ebola Crisis Worse Than Feared, Health Workers Harassed

  GENEVA, Switzerland, August 18, 2014 (ENS) – The numbers of reported Ebola virus cases and deaths “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis” health workers at Ebola outbreak sites in four West African countries...

 

AmeriScan: August 17, 2014

AmeriScan: August 17, 2014

  Arkansas Train Fire Kills Two, Injures Two Others … U.S. Awards $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicles … Bacon Bike Sizzles on Film … Songbird Habitat Safeguards Benefit Rivers in Nine States … Wolverine Climate...

 

AmeriScan: August 15, 2014

AmeriScan: August 15, 2014

  Hurricane Iselle Affects Voting in Hawaii … California Will Vote on $7.5 Billion Water Bond … FDA: Beware Online Sales of Fraudulent Ebola Medicine … Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals Contaminate Landfill Leachate … Nine...