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Wildlife at the Mercy of International Trade Politics

ARLINGTON, Virginia, February 27, 2013 (ENS) – In a rare reversal of diplomatic relations, the U.S. government has aligned with China on a proposal to ban international trade in rare turtles and against Canada on the polar bear trade. Next week, the proposals go before wildlife officials from 178 countries for a vote. […]


Shell Oil Cancels Offshore Alaska Drilling for 2013

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, February 27, 2013 (ENS) – After its troubled attempt to open an oil frontier off Alaska’s north shore last year, Royal Dutch Shell today said it will not drill in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in 2013. Shell intends to “pause” to prepare equipment and resume exploratory drilling “at a later stage.” […]

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Plastics Chemical Bisphenol A May Harm Brain Development

DURHAM, North Carolina, February 25, 2013 (ENS) – Environmental exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastics and resins, may suppress a gene vital to nerve cell function and to the development of the central nervous system, finds new research led by scientists at Duke Medicine. […]

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Environment Ministers Feast on Wasted Food

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 25, 2013 (ENS) – Ministers and high-level officials from 193 countries dined on perfectly good food grown by Kenyan farmers but rejected by UK supermarkets for cosmetic imperfections at UN Environment Programme, UNEP, headquarters in Nairobi. […]

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Sequester Spending Cuts Will Hurt the Environment

WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2013 (ENS) – If Congress does not act this week, automatic federal spending cuts, called the sequester, will go into effect March 1 that will impact the environment. Funding for parks, energy development, travel, clean air and water, fish and wildlife protection, pollution prevention, and disaster readiness will be cut. […]

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BP Escapes Penalty for Oil Recovered in Gulf Spill

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, February 21, 2013 (ENS) – A federal judge has agreed with British oil company BP that the 810,000 barrels of oil the company recovered from its 2010 spill site in the Gulf of Mexico should not be part of the court’s determination of Clean Water Act penalties. […]

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Chemical Tankers Collide in Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON, Texas, February 21, 2013 (ENS) – An oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico was averted by the quick action of crew members aboard one of two inbound chemical tankers that collided on Wednesday, approximately 70 miles south of Galveston, Texas. The early morning collision caused some internal damage to one of the tankers. […]