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Celebrating 40 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

WASHINGTON, DC, December 31, 2013 (ENS) – Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act as a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Today, while 99 percent of listed species have been saved from extinction, the law is under repeated attack by anti-environmental politicians in Congress. […]

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Wild Tigers: the Time to Act Is Now

HOBOKEN, New Jersey, December 31, 2013 (ENS) – Tigers are in trouble. The largest of the world’s cats, a species that’s existed for two million years, is slipping away before our eyes. Few realize that just 3,000 tigers remain in the wild. I just heard unofficial news that 100 tigers were poached in India in 2013. […]

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AmeriScan: Dec. 27, 2013

Michigan OKs Road Testing of Self-Driving Cars … Wisconsin Cheese Brine on Ice … Coca-Cola Pours Funds Into Alternative Fuel Fleet … EPA Gets the Lead Out of Soil at Newark Housing Project … Limited Nutrients Changing Great Lakes Ecosystems … Nature Conservancy Works With Feds on Controlled Burns … Household Dogs Protect Against Asthma in Mice […]

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Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, December 27, 2013 (ENS) – Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide, CO2, underground – and use the greenhouse gas in liquid form as a tool to boost electric power generation 10-fold in geothermal power plants. […]

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Battle Lines Drawn for 2013-2014 Antarctic Whaling Season

CANBERRA, Australia, December 26, 2013 (ENS) – The Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States have issued a joint statement condemning any actions at sea that may cause injury, loss of human life or damage to property or the marine environment during the 2013/14 Southern Ocean whaling season. […]

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New Tapir Species Discovered in the Amazon

BELO HORIZONTE, Minas Gerais, Brazil, December 24, 2013 (ENS) – A new species of tapir, a mammal considered to be endangered or vulnerable, has been identified by scientists in the Amazon rainforest in parts of Brazil and Colombia. It is the smallest of the five known species of living tapir. […]


AmeriScan: Dec. 23, 2013

Secretary Jewell Rejects Road Across Alaska’s Izembek Wildlife Refuge … Former BP Engineer Guilty: Obstruction of Justice … Bee Industry Seeks EPA Rethink of Bee-Killing Pesticide … New York Lawmakers to Hold Ivory Trade Hearing … No Halt to Ogllala Aquifer Unsustainable Water Loss … Heat Kills Sonoran Desert Tortoises […]

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Malaysia’s Indigenous People Intensify Anti-Dam Battle

KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 23, 2013 (ENS) – The strongest wave of indigenous protests since the 1990s is underway in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. On International Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds of people across the state demonstrated against a series of 12 mega-dams planned by the goverment company Sarawak Energy. […]

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Poachers Kill Three of Malawi’s Rare Black Rhinos

LILONGWE, Malawi, December 23, 2013 (ENS) – Wire snares and traps set by poachers have cost the Malawian Department of National Parks and Wildlife three of the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros that were re-introduced 20 years ago after the species was declared extinct in Malawi. […]


Canadian Panel Approves Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, December 20, 2013 (ENS) – The Joint Review Panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project today recommended that the federal government approve the multi-billion dollar pipeline, subject to 209 required conditions. The Government of Canada is expected to make its final decision on the pipeline by July 2014. […]

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Russia Grants Amnesty to Greenpeacers, Gazprom Arctic Oil Flows

MOSCOW, Russia, December 20, 2013 (ENS) – The Russian parliament has formally adopted an amnesty measure that will end legal proceedings against the Greenpeace Arctic 30. The Russian lawmakers Wednesday voted for an amendment that extends a broader amnesty decree to defendants charged with hooliganism, including the Arctic 30. […]


Armenia’s Greens Take On Hydro Schemes

YEREVAN, Armenia, December 19, 2013 (ENS) – Environmentalists in Armenia say a strategy of building multiple hydroelectric stations to harness the country’s rivers is storing up problems for the future. Armenia lacks oil and gas reserves and is trying to develop hydroelectric power as a way of reducing its reliance on fuel imports. […]

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Ten Finalists Named in 2014 Green Car Technology Awards

WASHINGTON, DC, December 18, 2013 (ENS) – Ten technologies that enable improved environmental performance in vehicles have been named as finalists for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award™. This recognition of environmentally-conscious automotive technology will be a feature of the Washington Auto Show in the nation’s capital in January 2014. […]

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One Million Protest Stripping Wolves of Endangered Listing

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2013 (ENS) – The public comment period closed today on a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove federal protections for all gray wolves across the country. Close to one million Americans stated their opposition to the plan – the largest number of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species. […]

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UN: Manage Natural Resources for Post-Conflict Peace

NEW YORK, New York, December 16, 2013 (ENS) – Natural resources, which can fuel and finance armed groups, can also play a major role in bringing about sustainable peace, the United Nations says in a new report urging governments and partners to integrate natural resource management in post-conflict programs. […]

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AmeriScan: Dec. 16, 2013

FDA: Antibacterial Soaps Risky, Plain Soap Just as Good … EPA Will Reduce Inspections, Enforcement Cases … Blumenauer Bill Promotes Greener Trade With USA … Groups Urge Tax Credit for Offshore Wind Power Investment … Texas Refinery Settlement Limits Greenhouse Gases, Toxics … Groups Sue to Protect Whales, Dolphins From Navy Sonar […]

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Environmental Atlas Explores Vulnerable Arab Region

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 13, 2013 (ENS) – Pushed by population growth, water scarcity and climate change, the pace of environmental change in the Arab region is accelerating, finds new research released by the United Nations and the Abu Dhabi government in the form of an atlas. […]