AmeriScan: Jan. 20, 2014

West Virgina Chemical Spill Prompts New State, Federal Laws … TransCanada’s Keystone Gulf Coast Pipeline Set to Open … California Governor Suspends State’s Environmental Law … Enviros Lose Legal Bid to Halt Birmingham’s Northern Beltline … Zero-Emission Buses Funded for Service Across USA […]

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Land Use/Forests

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 17, 2014 (ENS) – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, and drinking water supplies at risk in many California communities, Governor Jerry Brown today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to prepare for these drought conditions. […]

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European Parliament Votes for Wildlife Crime Crackdown

STRASBOURG, France, January 16, 2014 (ENS) – The European Parliament took action against elephant, rhino and tiger poaching Wednesday by passing a resolution on wildlife trafficking that calls for moratoria on ivory trade and other measures against wildlife crime across the European Union. […]

Land Use/Forests

EPA: Bristol Bay Mine Threatens World’s Largest Salmon Fishery

SEATTLE, Washington, January 15, 2014 (ENS) – Proposed large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed would pose risks to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and Alaska Native cultures dependent on salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concludes in its final Bristol Bay Assessment released today. […]

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Giant Trench Detected Beneath West Antarctica

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK, January 15, 2014 (ENS) – A massive ancient subglacial trough, deeper than the Grand Canyon in the United States, has been discovered far beneath the ice of West Antarctica. A team of UK experts charted the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands, a mountain range buried beneath several kilometers of ice […]

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AmeriScan: Jan. 14, 2014

Court Upholds Multi-Billion Dollar BP Settlement … Boxer Spearheads Senate Climate Action Task Force … New York State Prepares for Future Superstorms … RGGI States Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants … Poll: Latino Voters Reject West Coast Coal Exports to China […]

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The Green and the Powerful at Detroit’s Big Auto Show

DETROIT, Michigan, January 14, 2014 (ENS) – The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened in Detroit’s Cobo Center Monday for the first of two press days. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx opened the exhibit, calling it “a real honor to help kick off the North American International Auto Show this morning in the auto capital of the world, Detroit.” […]

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Thousands of Ivory Pieces Illegally for Sale in Myanmar

CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 13, 2014 (ENS) – More than 3,300 ivory pieces and nearly 50 raw ivory elephant tusks were found openly for sale in the Myanmar (Burmese) town of Mong La on the Chinese border, according to undercover investigators from the Cambridge-based wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and Oxford Brookes University. […]

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Syrians Facing Coldest Winter Yet

DAMASCUS, Syria, January 13, 2014 (ENS) – Fuel shortages are adding to the hardships caused by conflict and freezing temperatures across Syria. Forty-five-year-old Abu Khaled’s three sons stand in a long line on a cold December day in front of a petrol station in Qudsaya outside Damascus, hoping their combined efforts might get them enough diesel for heating. […]

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Land Use/Forests

Palm Oil Company Fined Millions for Burning Sumatran Forest

MEULABOH DISTRICT, Aceh, Indonesia,‎ January 12, 2014 (ENS) – An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans live together in the wild. […]

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Large Carnivores Disappearing From the Earth

CORVALLIS, Oregon, January 10, 2014 (ENS) – The decline of large predators such as lions, leopards, wolves, otters, and bears is changing landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic, finds a new study from scientists in the United States, Australia, Italy and Sweden. […]

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AmeriScan: Jan. 10, 2014

West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Pollutes Drinking Water … Texas Court Demands TransCanada Respond to Eminent Domain Appeal … Fossil-Filled Lands Added to Petrified Forest National Park … Court Allows Motorized Vehicles in Custer National Forest … Colorado Outfitter Charged With Illegal Capture, Maiming of Big Cats … Red Tides Kill Hundreds of Florida’s Endangered Manatees … EPA Selects State Capitals for Green Design Aid […]


UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change

LONDON, UK, January 9, 2014 (ENS) – The River Thames continues to rise in response to recent heavy rainfall, and the south of England should be prepared for further flooding this week from groundwater and rivers, warns the UK Environment Agency. Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday told Parliament he now believes climate change is to blame. […]

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Obama Administration Extends International Space Station to 2024

WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2014 (ENS) – The Obama Administration has approved extension of International Space Station operations to at least 2024 from its current deadline of 2020. The announcement comes as more than 30 heads of space agencies from around the world gathered in Washington for an unprecedented summit on the future of space exploration. […]


Enviros Sue Canada Over Species at Risk of Enbridge Pipeline

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, January 8, 2014 (ENS) – Five environmental groups are taking the Government of Canada to court today claiming that it has failed to meet its legal responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tanker route. […]


AmeriScan: Jan. 7, 2014

Icy Cold a Bird Killer … EPA Proposes Strict Air Standards for New Woodstoves … Renewable Energy Tax Credits Expire … Public Comments Invited on 2,4-D Tolerant Corn, Soybeans … Army Corps Recommends Barrier Between Great Lakes, Mississippi … Court Allows Railroad Coal Dust Lawsuit to Proceed … EPA Justified in Texas Fracking Drinking Water Controversy […]