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California Holds First Greenhouse Gas Allowance Auction

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 14, 2012 (ENS) – The California Air Resources Board today held the state’s first cap-and-trade greenhouse gas allowance auction in a sharply divided political environment. While environmentalists applauded the effort to limit climate change, the state’s largest business organization filed a lawsuit against it […]

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‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 14, 2012 (ENS) – The “superbug” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants, scientists have found in the first study to investigate U.S. wastewater as an environmental reservoir of the bacteria. […]

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UNDP: Doha Talks Could Help Avert Climate Disaster

STANFORD, California, November 13, 2012 (ENS) – “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States and the Caribbean in recent weeks reminds us how destructive extreme and volatile weather can be. The costs of inaction are increasingly clear to all,” said Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program. […]

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Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

KAMPALA, Uganda, November 12, 2012 (ENS) – The High Court of Uganda has determined that “the rampant and uncontrolled use of polythene bags” poses a danger to the environment and “violates the rights of citizens of Uganda to a clean and healthy environment.” […]

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Land Use/Forests

U.S. Voters Approve Conservation Ballot Measures Worth Billions

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 12, 2012 (ENS) – Across the United States on November 6, voters of all political stripes gave overwhelming approval to tax themselves and spend money for new parks in their communities, according the nonprofit The Trust for Public Land, which has tracked these ballot measures. […]

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Secretary Clinton Declares War on Wildlife Traffickers

WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2012 (ENS) – The U.S. government is taking aim at wildlife trafficking in a new, more focused manner by placing it high on the foreign policy and security agenda. Increasingly run by well-funded, heavily armed criminal syndicates, wildlife trafficking “has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday. […]

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Hyundai, Kia Overstated Fuel Economy Claims

WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2012 (ENS) – South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia exaggerated the fuel economy estimates for the majority of their 2012 and 2013 vehicles offered for sale in the United States and must re-label the vehicles and reimburse owners. […]


Space Sensor to Track Air Pollution Across North America

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2012 (ENS) – The first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime is in the works.The sensor will be placed aboard a commercial satellite to make observations of the atmosphere’s lowest and densest layer. […]

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American Towns Fight Back Against Fracking

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2012 (ENS) – Roughly $30 million in campaign contributions have flowed from the oil and gas industry to congressional candidates and political action committees in 2012 to stall regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Now many towns have swung into action to pass fracking bans to protect their citizens. […]