Land Use/Forests

Chile Warned to Stop Treating Mapuche Natives as Terrorists

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 31, 2013 (ENS) – To avoid “widespread disorder and violence,” the Chilean government must stop applying an anti-terrorism law against its Mapuche indigenous people, who are fighting to recover their ancestral lands, warns a United Nations human rights and counter-terrorism expert. […]


New EPA Chief Targets Climate Change

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 31, 2013 (ENS) – Newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday pledged action on climate change during the Obama administration’s remaining years, saying the concern is as much economic as it is environmental. […]

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Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 31, 2013 (ENS) – While a compact city may be more efficient for gasoline-powered vehicles, a sprawling city is more efficient when electric vehicles are the means of transport and solar electricity is the main energy source, according to new research by an international team of scientists. […]

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Gulf of Thailand Oil Spill Hits Tourist Island

BANGKOK, Thailand, July 30, 2013 (ENS) – Crude oil that leaked from a pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand on the weekend has reached a Thai tourist resort, pipeline operator PTT Global Chemical Pcl said Monday. The company is part of state-controlled PTT Pcl, Thailand’s biggest energy firm. […]

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Tropical Storm Nears Hawaii, New Ocean Plan Predicts Worse

HONOLULU, Hawaii, July 29, 2013 (ENS) – Tropical Storm Flossie is bringing heavy rains, strong winds and big waves to the main Hawaiian Islands today through Tuesday. The state’s newly updated Ocean Resources Management Plan projects much larger storm surges and higher wind velocities for Hawaii as the planet warms. […]

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Drivers in U.S. National Parks Turn Wildlife Into Road-Kill

WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2013 (ENS) – Wild animals in national parks are dying by the hundreds under the wheels of visitors’ cars, according to road-kill records from Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton national parks released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. […]

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Evidence Withheld in BP Oil Spill Comes to Light

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 26, 2013 (ENS) – Two companies involved in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history, have attempted to withhold evidence from investigating authorities, but one must now produce the documents sought, and the other is being penalized for destroying a separate set of evidentiary facts. […]

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Congolese Ivory Kingpin Imprisoned for Five Years

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo, July 25, 2013 (ENS) – Ghislain Ngondjo, alias “Pépito,” notorious for elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in the Republic of Congo, was sentenced on July 15 to five years in jail by the Congolese Supreme Court. […]

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Fire Consumes Gulf of Mexico Gas Well

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 24, 2013 (ENS) – A gas well fire in the Gulf of Mexico that started Tuesday night after the operator failed to keep control of the well is still burning out of control, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials and the companies involved. […]

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Endangered Snow Leopards: Victims of the Cashmere Trade

NEW YORK, New York, July 24, 2013 (ENS) – The vast highlands and open spaces of China, Tibet and Mongolia – once roamed by snow leopards, wild camels and yaks, Tibetan gazelles, wild sheep and goats – are increasingly dominated by domestic goats that produce hair for the lucrative cashmere trade. […]

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Poachers Kill Two Kenya Wildlife Service Officers

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19, 2013 (ENS) – Two Kenya Wildlife Service officers were killed in two separate gunfights with suspected poachers Thursday while responding to a poaching incident within the Kipini Wildlife and Botanical Conservancy in Tana River County. […]