Archive for: December, 2012

11 Billion-Dollar Weather, Climate Disasters Hit U.S. in 2012

11 Billion-Dollar Weather, Climate Disasters Hit U.S. in 2012

  ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, December 31, 2012 (ENS) – In 2012, the United States experienced 11 extreme weather and climate events that cost more than $1 billion in losses, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s...

 

Rainforest Action Network Leader Rebecca Tarbotton Dies at 39

Rainforest Action Network Leader Rebecca Tarbotton Dies at 39

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 28, 2012 (ENS) – Rainforest Action Network and its members are mourning the sudden loss of Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton, who died Wednesday on a beach in Mexico north of Puerto Vallarta...

 

China’s Corals Fall Victim to ‘Wicked Environmental Problems’

China’s Corals Fall Victim to ‘Wicked Environmental Problems’

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, December 28, 2012 (ENS) – China’s coral reefs have declined by 80 percent in the past three decades, destroyed by the consequences of economic development, finds a new international scientific...

 

Feds Fund Honolulu’s Rail Transit But Burials Complicate Route

Feds Fund Honolulu’s Rail Transit But Burials Complicate Route

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, December 28, 2012 (ENS) – The federal government has signed an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu to build Hawaii’s first rail transit system, but the downtown part of the route...

 

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Resigns

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Resigns

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 27, 2012 (ENS) – Lisa Jackson, who has headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during President Obama’s first term in office, is leaving the Cabinet after four years in which she regulated...

 

California’s 1st Ultra-Clean Car: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

California’s 1st Ultra-Clean Car: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

  SACRAMENTO, California, December 27, 2012 (ENS) – The California Air Resources Board has approved Honda’s first plug-in hybrid as the first car that meets the state’s newest and most stringent smog-emission standard. The...

 

Genetically Engineered Salmon Closer to U.S. Approval

Genetically Engineered Salmon Closer to U.S. Approval

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 26, 2012 (ENS) – Genetically engineered salmon are likely to appear on American dinner plates for the first time in the near future, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s finding that they...

 

Cholera Spreads in Cuba After Hurricane Sandy

Cholera Spreads in Cuba After Hurricane Sandy

HAVANA, Cuba, December 26, 2012 (ENS) – A rise in cholera cases in the Cuban capital Havana is being traced back to parts of the country hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, the worst natural disaster to strike Cuba in half a century. The Cuban...

 

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

  By Jonathan Porritt, Co-Founder, Forum for the Future ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 26, 2012 (ENS) – I am seriously delighted at this photo. That’s me and Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany standing by one of the 258,048 mirrors...

 

Obama Proposes to Expand Two California Marine Sanctuaries

Obama Proposes to Expand Two California Marine Sanctuaries

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2012 (ENS) – The size of two national marine sanctuaries off the coast of north-central California could be doubled if the expansion proposed today by the Obama Administration is approved. After eight...

 

EU Environment Committee Moves to Muffle Vehicle Noise

EU Environment Committee Moves to Muffle Vehicle Noise

  STRASBOURG, France, December 20, 2012 (ENS) – Vehicle noise limits must be lowered to protect the health of EU citizens, said Environment Committee MEPs, who approved a legislative update on Tuesday by 30 votes to 27, with two abstentions. In...

 

New Lethal Bird Flu Strain Emerges in Indonesian Ducks

New Lethal Bird Flu Strain Emerges in Indonesian Ducks

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, December 18, 2012 (ENS) – Indonesia has identified the bird flu virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of ducks over the past few weeks as a virulent type which is new to the country. More than 300,000 ducks...

 

Wind Developers, Eco Groups Reach Whale Protection Pact

Wind Developers, Eco Groups Reach Whale Protection Pact

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – In an unprecedented collaboration, offshore wind developers have agreed to voluntary measures that will protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, while expediting responsible offshore...

 

Canada Leaves Kyoto Protocol, Lets China Buy Into Oil Sands

Canada Leaves Kyoto Protocol, Lets China Buy Into Oil Sands

  OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol took legal effect on Saturday, December 15. Canada is the only nation out of more than 180 to legally exit the treaty that governs...

 

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

  BERNE, Switzerland, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic...

 

Leaked UN Report Predicts ‘Irreversible’ Climate Change

Leaked UN Report Predicts ‘Irreversible’ Climate Change

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – A leaked early draft of the UN’s latest climate change study shows human activities to be responsible for climate warming that will take centuries to reverse, even if greenhouse gas...

 

World’s Largest Companies Embracing Clean Energy

World’s Largest Companies Embracing Clean Energy

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – A majority of the world’s largest companies are not waiting for governments to mandate renewable energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions, they are taking it upon themselves to act first....

 

EPA Sets Stricter Clean Air Standard for Soot

EPA Sets Stricter Clean Air Standard for Soot

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 14, 2012 (ENS) – Under a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5), including soot. The...

 

Passions Run High at Cherry Point Coal Terminal Hearing

Passions Run High at Cherry Point Coal Terminal Hearing

  SEATTLE, Washington, December 13, 2012 (ENS) – Citizens concerned about coal’s contribution to global warming and the potential impact to the Puget Sound ecosystem spoke out Thursday against a giant terminal that would ship...

 

Petition: Plastic in NW Hawaiian Islands Needs Superfund Cleanup

Petition: Plastic in NW Hawaiian Islands Needs Superfund Cleanup

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 12, 2012 (ENS) – Appalled by the amount of plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean, the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the federal government to designate the Northwestern...

 
 
 
 

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