Europe Adopts Greener Agricultural Policy

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 26, 2013 (ENS) – Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy will be reformed so that specific environmental practices will be a condition of payments to EU Member States from central government coffers under an agreement reached today by the European Parliament, the EU Council of Ministers and the European Commission. […]


Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Highlights and Reactions

WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2013 (ENS) – “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society,” declared President Barack Obama today at Georgetown University, taking aim at climate change deniers as he laid out his National Climate Action Plan. “As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.” […]

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President Obama’s Climate Change Speech: Full Text

WASHINGTON, DC, Georgetown University, June 25, 2013 – I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new national climate action plan, and I’m here to enlist your generation’s help in keeping the United States of America a leader – a global leader – in the fight against climate change.


U.S. and India Build Climate, Clean Energy Cooperation

NEW DELHI, India, June 24, 2013 (ENS) – India and the United States will jointly combat global climate change, collaborate on energy security and support the development of low-carbon economies to fuel job growth in both countries, government officials said today in New Delhi. […]

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Alternative Fuels Star at Clean Transport Expo

WASHINGTON, DC, June 24, 2013 (ENS) – Electric cars and trucks and expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be a special focus of attention at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, which opened today at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington. […]


U.S. Supreme Court to Review Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, June 24, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today indicated it will review an appeals court rejection of the U.S. EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which sets limits for emissions from coal-fired power plants that move across state lines, polluting the air of downwind states. […]

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Wet Weekend in Flooded Alberta; 100,000 Displaced

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, June 23, 2013 (ENS) – Three days after record-breaking floodwaters from the Bow and Elbow rivers displaced more than 100,000 people in Calgary, the mayor on Sunday lifted mandatory evacuation notices for a large part of the city. […]

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Racing the Monsoon, India Rescues Thousands but 550 Die

DEHRADUN, India, June 21, 2013 (ENS) – “On a war footing” India has mobilized military and civilian emergency personnel to rescue tens of thousands of people stranded outdoors in mountainous forests due to unseasonably early monsoon rains, flash floods and landslides. […]

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Poll: Americans Shop With Climate on Their Minds

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, June 21, 2013 (ENS) – Half of all Americans consider environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to buy a product at least occasionally, according to a new nationally representative survey on attitudes toward climate change. […]

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Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke Damages Human Cells

BERKELEY, California, June 21, 2013 (ENS) – For the first time, scientists have documented that thirdhand smoke – the noxious residue that clings to virtually all surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out – causes genetic damage in human cells. […]

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Students Win U.S. EPA Grants for Environmental Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2013 (ENS) – Better biodiesel, better household cleaners, building materials made with a 3D printer – these are a few of the innovations that have received this year’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Award for their solutions to some tough public health and environmental challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. […]

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Syria’s World Heritage Sites Placed on ‘Danger’ List

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, June 20, 2013 (ENS) – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to place the six World Heritage sites of the Syrian Arab Republic on the List of World Heritage in Danger to draw attention to the risks posed by the conflict raging in the country. […]

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China to Phase Out Electric Vehicle Subsidies

SHANGHAI, China, June 20, 2013 (ENS) – The government of China plans to phase out direct financial incentives the purchase of electric vehicles in favor of supporting research and development by its major automakers, says a senior minister. […]


G8 Leaders Pledge Global Climate Deal by 2015

LOUGH ERNE, Northern Ireland, June 19, 2013 (ENS) – Declarations of cooperation on climate change, extractive industries, nuclear safety and chemical weapons in Syria and marked this week’s meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. […]