Archive for: August, 2012

Conservationists Howl as Feds Drop Wyoming Wolves From Endangered List

Conservationists Howl as Feds Drop Wyoming Wolves From Endangered List

WASHINGTON, DC, August 31, 2012 (ENS) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today declared the Wyoming population of gray wolves to be recovered and removed federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. As of September 30, wolves...

 

Philippine Quake Generates Pacific Tsunami Warning

Philippine Quake Generates Pacific Tsunami Warning

  MANILA, Philippines, August 31, 2012 (ENS) – A large earthquake jolted a sea area east of the Philippines on Friday and a tsunami warning was issued for the Pacific region. After a small, local tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning...

 

Shell to Start Arctic Drill Preparations, Lawsuit Filed

Shell to Start Arctic Drill Preparations, Lawsuit Filed

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2012 (ENS) – The Obama Administration today gave Shell approval to prepare for oil drilling in environmentally fragile Chukchi Sea off Alaska although a critical oil spill containment vessel has not been...

 

Europe, Australia to Link Carbon Emissions Trading Systems

Europe, Australia to Link Carbon Emissions Trading Systems

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 30, 2012 (ENS) – The Australian government and the European Commission intend to link Australia’s newly established greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme and the European Union Emissions Trading System...

 

Cold Hands, Determined Hearts

Cold Hands, Determined Hearts

By Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International ONBOARD THE ARCTIC SUNRISE, August 28, 2012 (ENS) – When I spoke to my friends and family this weekend I was unanimously scolded. After Friday’s 15-hour occupation of Gazprom’s...

 

Russia’s First Electric Car Debuts in Moscow

Russia’s First Electric Car Debuts in Moscow

  MOSCOW, Russia, August 30, 2012 (ENS) – Russia’s largest automaker AvtoVAZ unveiled its first electric car for journalists at the Moscow Auto Show on Wednesday. AvtoVAZ said in a statement that the El Lada is “a first...

 

Quarter of World’s Freshwater Used to Grow Wasted Food

Quarter of World’s Freshwater Used to Grow Wasted Food

  STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 29, 2012 (ENS) – “More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over one billion tons of food that nobody eats,” Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International...

 

New Caledonia to Safeguard Vast Pacific Ocean Area

New Caledonia to Safeguard Vast Pacific Ocean Area

  RARATONGA, Cook Islands, August 29, 2012 (ENS) – The French Pacific Ocean territory of New Caledonia has pledged to create a vast marine protected area in its exclusive economic zone. The protected area will cover 1.4 million square...

 

Hurricane Isaac Hammers New Orleans

Hurricane Isaac Hammers New Orleans

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, August 28, 2012 (ENS) – Strengthening into a hurricane just after noon on Tuesday, Isaac made landfall in far southeastern Louisiana in Plaquemines Parish at 6:45 pm local time. The hurricane struck nearly...

 

Obama Sets 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards

Obama Sets 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2012 (ENS) – The Obama Administration today finalized national fuel economy standards that will require model year 2025 cars and light-duty trucks to get the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon. When...

 

Jet Fuel Spill Near Chicago Closes Canal, Highway

Jet Fuel Spill Near Chicago Closes Canal, Highway

CHICAGO, Illinois, August 28, 2012 (ENS) – A jet fuel pipeline that ruptured Monday near Chicago has forced closure of Route 83 and part of the Calumet Sag Channel until Thursday. The burst pipeline spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons...

 

Arctic Sea Ice Cover Lowest on Record, Melt Continues

Arctic Sea Ice Cover Lowest on Record, Melt Continues

BOULDER, Colorado, August 28, 2012 (ENS) – Arctic sea ice cover has melted to its lowest extent in the 33-year satellite record, breaking the previous record low observed in 2007. With two to three weeks left in the melt season, scientists...

 

Sinclair Oil to Pay $14 Million for Wyoming Air Pollution

Sinclair Oil to Pay $14 Million for Wyoming Air Pollution

WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 (ENS) – The U.S. government alleges that Sinclair Oil Corp. violated air pollution limits established in a 2008 consent decree at refineries in Casper and Sinclair, Wyoming, releasing excessive amounts of...

 

Illinois Governor Vetos Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

Illinois Governor Vetos Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, August 27, 2012 (ENS) – Illinois cities and towns can still pass ordinances to ban single-use plastic bags now that Governor Pat Quinn Sunday vetoed the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act, SB 3442. Illinois...

 

Greenpeace Battles Gazprom Over Russia’s Arctic Drill Rig

Greenpeace Battles Gazprom Over Russia’s Arctic Drill Rig

  MOSCOW, Russia, August 27, 2012 (ENS) – Two days after voluntarily ending its occupation of the first permanent oil rig in the offshore Russian Arctic, Greenpeace International has mounted another action to stop Gazprom from drilling...

 

Republican National Convention Spared Direct Hurricane Hit

Republican National Convention Spared Direct Hurricane Hit

  TAMPA, Florida, August 27, 2012 (ENS) – Tropical Storm Isaac has turned northwestward over the Gulf of Mexico, heading for the central Gulf states and striking only a glancing blow at Tampa on Florida’s west coast, where the...

 

Tropical Storm Isaac Delays Republican National Convention

Tropical Storm Isaac Delays Republican National Convention

  TAMPA, Florida, August 26, 2012 (ENS) – The Republican National Convention, scheduled to open Monday in Tampa, will be postponed by at least a day and a half, as Tropical Storm Isaac blows into the Gulf of Mexico heading for Florida’s...

 

America’s Oil City Relies on Electric Car-Sharing

America’s Oil City Relies on Electric Car-Sharing

  HOUSTON, Texas, August 24, 2012 (ENS) – The Zipcar car sharing network has crafted a new partnership with the City of Houston for a municipal electric vehicle fleet-sharing program that is the first of its kind in the country. Under...

 

Malawi Fears Hunger as Lake Chilwa Dries

Malawi Fears Hunger as Lake Chilwa Dries

  By Charles Mkoka ZOMBA, Malawi, August 24, 2012 (ENS) – Malawi’s Lake Chilwa could dry up completely in 2013 or 2014, scientists warn. The prediction has created fears of hunger and economic ruin among the more than one million...

 

Greenpeace Occupies Gazprom Oil Rig in Russian Arctic

Greenpeace Occupies Gazprom Oil Rig in Russian Arctic

  MOSCOW, Russia, August 24, 2012 (ENS) – A team of six Greenpeace International activists, led by Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, boarded Gazprom’s ‘Prirazlomnaya’ Arctic oil platform early this morning to demand that...

 
 
 
 

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