UN Panel: Environmental Protection Key to Post-2015 Progress

NEW YORK, New York, May 31, 2013 (ENS) – Protecting the environment must be at the core of efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030, finds a high-level panel led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Queen Rania of Jordan. […]

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Feds Must Analyze Oil Spill Dispersant Effects on Wildlife

SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 30, 2013 (ENS) – The federal government must analyze the effects of the California Dispersants Plan to determine whether the chemicals that break up oil spills would harm endangered wildlife, under a legal settlement filed today by federal agencies and conservation groups. […]

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UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

ROME, Italy, May 30, 2013 (ENS) – Jumps in jellyfish populations following overfishing is one reason why fish in the Mediterranean and Black seas are declining, finds a new United Nations report that advocates factoring jellyfish “blooms” into fisheries management strategies. […]

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Senator Boxer Seeks Criminal Probe of San Onofre Nuclear Plant

WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2013 (ENS) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California is asking the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into Southern California Edison’s statements to nuclear regulators about replacing steam generators at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant. […]

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EPA Limits Formaldehyde Exposure From Wood Products

WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2013 (ENS) – Giving expression to a law unanimously passed by Congress in 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical formaldehyde emitted from wood products. […]

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Harmonized Charging Key to Global Electric Mobility

BERLIN, Germany, May 28, 2013 (ENS) – Chancellor Angela Merkel restated her goal of putting one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020 at a two-day conference on electric mobility staged by the federal government that opened Monday in Berlin. […]

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Tesla Repays $465M Loan to New U.S. Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2013 (ENS) – On Wednesday, the day after Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Energy, electric automaker Tesla Motors repaid the entire remaining balance on a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy – nine years sooner than required. […]


Mount Everest Glaciers Shrinking

MILAN, Italy, May 26, 2013 (ENS) – Glaciers in the Mount Everest region of the Himalayas have shrunk by 13 percent in the last 50 years and the snowline has shifted upward, finds a Nepalese scientist conducting research for his PhD studies at the University of Milan. […]

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U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up

WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2013 (ENS) – Two days before thousands across the United States plan to march against Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure allowing states to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients. […]

At Risk

EPA Employees on Furlough for ‘Don’t Fry Day’

WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2013 (ENS) – Most of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 17,700 employees are on furlough today to meet the budget requirements of the sequester, but still the agency is recognizing the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” […]

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Global Scientists, California Governor Call for Climate Action

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, May 23, 2013 (ENS) – Warning that Earth is rapidly approaching a tipping point at which human impacts are causing alarming levels of harm to our planet, California Governor Jerry Brown today joined more than 500 scientists to release a call to action on climate change and other global threats to all humanity. […]

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Land Use/Forests

Australia OKs Mine on World Heritage Quality Cape York

CANBERRA, Australia, May 22, 2013 (ENS) – Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke has approved Rio Tinto Alcan’s new South of Embley bauxite mine on Cape York, the peninsula in northern Queensland that the Australian government intends to propose as a UNESCO World Heritage site. […]