Archive for: July, 2013

Chile Warned to Stop Treating Mapuche Natives as Terrorists

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...

 

New EPA Chief Targets Climate Change

New EPA Chief Targets Climate Change

  By Alvin Powell 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...

 

Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future

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...

 

Gulf of Thailand Oil Spill Hits Tourist Island

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...

 

Pope Urges Brazilians to Conserve the Amazon

Pope Urges Brazilians to Conserve the Amazon

  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 30, 2013 (ENS) – Pope Francis on Saturday asked the Catholic bishops of Brazil not to exploit the Amazon rainforest but instead make it “into a garden.” Marking the first overseas trip of...

 

BMW Unveils the Electric i3, a ‘New Type of Megacity Vehicle’

BMW Unveils the Electric i3, a ‘New Type of Megacity Vehicle’

  NEW YORK, New York, July 30, 2013 (ENS) – In a simultaneous launch on three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – BMW Monday revealed its first all-electric series production vehicle, the i3. The three cities...

 

New Species of Dwarf Lemur Found in Madagascar

New Species of Dwarf Lemur Found in Madagascar

  MAINZ, Germany, July 30, 2013 (ENS) – Drenched with rain and working in the dense forests of southern Madagascar, researchers have identified a new species of dwarf lemur previously unknown to science. The island nation of Madagascar...

 

Tropical Storm Nears Hawaii, New Ocean Plan Predicts Worse

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. But the worst is yet to come. The state’s newly updated...

 

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

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...

 

Evidence Withheld in BP Oil Spill Comes to Light

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,...

 

EPA Selects Eight Schools for Toxics Release Inventory Challenge

EPA Selects Eight Schools for Toxics Release Inventory Challenge

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today selected eight academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge, a project that finds innovative ways to increase public...

 

Congolese Ivory Kingpin Imprisoned for Five Years

Congolese Ivory Kingpin Imprisoned for Five Years

  BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo, July 25, 2013 (ENS) – Ghislain Ngondjo, alias “PĂ©pito,” notorious for elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in the Republic of Congo, was sentenced on July 15 to five years in jail...

 

White House Undercuts Coal Power Plant Water Pollution Rule

White House Undercuts Coal Power Plant Water Pollution Rule

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2013 (ENS) – Coal-fired power plants, many operating with expired permits, have become the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States, finds new research released Tuesday by a coalition...

 

Fire Consumes Gulf of Mexico Gas Well

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...

 

Endangered Snow Leopards: Victims of the Cashmere Trade

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...

 

San Antonio Agrees to $1.1 Billion Sewer System Upgrade

San Antonio Agrees to $1.1 Billion Sewer System Upgrade

  SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 23, 2013 (ENS) – To address thousands of raw sewage discharges  in violation of the Clean Water Act, the San Antonio Water System has agreed to a $1.1 billion upgrade to its infrastructure and will pay...

 

Dominican Republic Bulldozes Biodiversity Hotspot

Dominican Republic Bulldozes Biodiversity Hotspot

  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 22, 2013 (ENS) – A biological reserve set aside by the Dominican government just four years ago to protect rare birds and iguanas is now being bulldozed for an agricultural settlement. On...

 

Poachers Kill Two Kenya Wildlife Service Officers

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...

 

Poll: Majority Backs Obama Plan to Limit Carbon Emissions

Poll: Majority Backs Obama Plan to Limit Carbon Emissions

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2013 (ENS) – A majority of American voters polled in a nationwide survey say they support President Barack Obama’s new plan to address climate change and protect public health by cutting the amount...

 

McCarthy Finally Confirmed to Head U.S. EPA

McCarthy Finally Confirmed to Head U.S. EPA

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate voted 59-40 this afternoon to confirm Regina McCarthy as to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after a record 136-day confirmation battle. The Republicans’...

 
 
 
 

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