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AmeriScan: October 2, 2014

AmeriScan: October 2, 2014

  Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban Upheld … Judge Rejects Pebble Mine Lawsuit Against EPA … Oregon Denies Nickel Mining Permit to Protect Smith River … East Coast Gets $3.6 Billion to ‘Harden’ Transit Post-Sandy...

 

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

  SACRAMENTO, California, October 2, 2014 (ENS) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Hawaii has had a de facto statewide ban for nearly two...

 

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...

 

Ebola Strikes United States

Ebola Strikes United States

  DALLAS, Texas, October 1, 2014 (ENS) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first Ebola case in the United States in a person who returned to Texas by plane after visiting the West African country of...

 

Obama, Modi Join Forces to Defeat Climate Change

Obama, Modi Join Forces to Defeat Climate Change

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 30, 2014 (ENS) – India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first state visit to the White House, today agreed to  partner with President Barack Obama in building an effective response to the...

 

Japanese Volcano Erupts, Kills Dozens, Rescue Halted

Japanese Volcano Erupts, Kills Dozens, Rescue Halted

  TOKYO, Japan, September 29, 2014 (ENS) – At least 31 people may have lost their lives as the sudden eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan Saturday took climbers by surprise, trapping them near the summit. The volcano, Japan’s...

 

Germany Offers Perks for Electric Car Drivers

Germany Offers Perks for Electric Car Drivers

  BERLIN, Germany, September 29, 2014 (ENS) – The German government has approved a new law on electromobility, including incentives for EV drivers such as parking privileges, use of bus lanes and special transit access. But environmentalists...

 

Malawi Court Convicts Chinese Ivory Trafficker

Malawi Court Convicts Chinese Ivory Trafficker

  By Charles Mkoka LILONGWE, Malawi, September 29, 2014 (ENS) – A Malawi judge Friday convicted Chinese business national Axin Shang, 25, of ivory trafficking and fined him the maximum allowed by law, MK1 million (US$2,440). In default,...

 

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2014 (ENS) – In the remote reaches of the Pacific Ocean, President Barack Obama Thursday created the world’s most extensive marine reserve by expanding a National Monument established in the waning...

 

AmeriScan: September 24, 2014

AmeriScan: September 24, 2014

  ‘Illegal’ Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Alarms Minnesota … Feds Plan Great Lakes Resoration … Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Expands … Chinook Salmon Running Strong in Pacific Northwest …...

 

Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

  BOZEMAN, Montana, September 24, 2014 (ENS) – Native groups from the United States and Canada Monday signed a treaty to establish intertribal alliances to restore the American buffalo on Tribal and First Nations Reserves or co-managed...

 

Climate Activist Bill McKibben Wins Right Livelihood Award

Climate Activist Bill McKibben Wins Right Livelihood Award

  STOCKHOLM, Sweden, September 24, 2014 (ENS) – Bill McKibben, founder of the international climate action group 350.org, will be one of five recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, when they are presented at the...

 

UN Climate Summit Delivers Commitments to Action

UN Climate Summit Delivers Commitments to Action

  NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2014 (ENS) – New actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by government, business, finance and civil society leaders at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New...

 

Bonn to Istanbul to New York: World Mayors Unite to Save Climate

Bonn to Istanbul to New York: World Mayors Unite to Save Climate

  NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2014 (ENS) – To combat climate change, a global Compact of Mayors from cities across the world was launched today at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit today at UN Headquarters. Cities...

 

EU Funds Sustainable Energy: First in Africa, Next, the World

EU Funds Sustainable Energy: First in Africa, Next, the World

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 22, 2014 (ENS) – European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will tomorrow co-sign joint declarations in New York to reinforce energy cooperation with five African countries: Cabo Verde, Côte...

 

World Bank Backs Carbon Pricing, Convenes Leadership Coalition

World Bank Backs Carbon Pricing, Convenes Leadership Coalition

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2014 (ENS) – China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, is planning to put a price on carbon emissions to control climate change – along with many others. China joins a list of 73...

 

Global Mass Transit Could Save US$100 Trillion By 2050

Global Mass Transit Could Save US$100 Trillion By 2050

  DAVIS, California, September 22, 2014 (ENS) – More than US$100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, finds a new report...

 

310,000 Join Historic March for Climate Action

310,000 Join Historic March for Climate Action

  NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2014 (ENS) – The People’s Climate March Sunday drew an estimated 310,000 people to fill New York City streets with calls to world leaders for meaningful, immediate action to stop raising Earth’s...

 

Japan Defies Whaling Commission, Vows to Resume Antarctic Hunt

Japan Defies Whaling Commission, Vows to Resume Antarctic Hunt

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia, September 18, 2014 (ENS) – The International Whaling Commission voted Thursday against Japan’s plans to resume “scientific” whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan said it would go ahead...

 

2014 European Mobility Week Opens: Our Streets, Our Choice

2014 European Mobility Week Opens: Our Streets, Our Choice

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 18, 2014 (ENS) – Over 2,000 European towns and cities are participating in the 13th annual European Mobility Week, a week-long series of events from September 16-22 coordinated by a consortium backed...