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U.S. EPA: Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sets Record High

WASHINGTON, DC, December 13, 2013 (ENS) – Technologies like gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions are responsible for a big improvement in the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States last year, the U.S. EPA says in a new report. […]

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Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

MANILA, Philippines, December 12, 2013 (ENS) – An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices charged with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s natural capital. […]

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AmeriScan: Dec. 11, 2013

Wyden Bill Marries Oregon Timber Harvest and Conservation … 90 Groups Seek Federal Curbs on Methane Emissions … Fracking’s Hidden Climate Impacts Exposed … EPA Adds Nine Hazwaste Sites to Superfund List … Four of Every 10 U.S. Households Could Switch to Electric Vehicles […]

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EU Bans Fish Discards Under New Common Fisheries Policy

STRASBOURG, France, December 10, 2013 (ENS) – A ban on the wasteful practice of discarding perfectly edible fish is part of an historic deal to reform the Common Fisheries Policy agreed today by the EU Parliament. The new Common Fisheries Policy will become law on January 1, 2014. […]

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AmeriScan: Dec. 6, 2013

Feds Must Use 20 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020 … Ship Speeds Permanently Slowed for Rare Whales … Interior Offers 30 Year Eagle ‘Take’ Permit to Developers … New York Antiques Dealer Jailed for Wildlife Crimes … General Motors, U.S. Army Open Fuel Cell Testing Lab … Court Protects Tahoe National Forest From Off-Roaders […]

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Invited NGOs Kicked Out of Polar Bear Meeting

MOSCOW, Russia, December 6, 2013 (ENS) – A crucial meeting of the five polar bear range states closed today in Moscow but not before government delegates ousted journalists and representatives of nonprofit groups who had been invited to provide input to the meeting. About 20 people were barred. […]

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Sahara Desert’s Large Mammals Slipping Into Extinction

NEW YORK, New York, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – The African lion has vanished from the Sahara desert, while cheetahs and gazelles are nearly gone, in what scientists are calling “a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations” finds a study published today in the journal “Diversity and Distributions.” […]

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Land Use/Forests

Georgian Forests Face Burning Issue

TBILISI, Georgia, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – Experts are warning that rural Georgians’ heavy reliance on burning wood for fuel is having a devastating effect on forests across the country. The environmental impact includes landslides on deforested slopes that damage thousands of homes. […]

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AmeriScan: Dec. 4, 2013

Ten Pilot Whales Dead on Everglades Beach, 41 Others Trapped … Petition Targets Secretive Wildlife-Killing Agency … Forest Service Prepares to Fly Fire-Fighting Drones … NASA Missions to Mars, Saturn, Mercury, Pluto Intact … Federal Agencies’ New Plan Fosters Water Quality Trading … Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With No Major Storms […]


India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

By Lester R. Brown
WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 (ENS) – India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States, due to the adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation. But the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest comes from wells that are starting to go dry. […]