Land Use/Forests

EPA Acts to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishery From Mining

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today began a process under the Clean Water Act to identify options that would protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine. […]

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AmeriScan: Feb. 26, 2014

U.S. Prosecutes Importers of Toys Containing Lead, Phthalates … Poll: West Virginia Voters Want Politicians to Protect Air, Water … New Coal Data Browser Digs Into U.S. Coal Sector … San Diego Port Installs Shore Power for Cargo Ships … Petition to Save Monarch Butterfly Targets Weed Killer […]

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Duke Raked Over the Coals for 35 Million Gallon Ash Spill

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, February 26, 2014 (ENS) – An estimated 35 million gallons of arsenic-contaminated water and ash has spilled into the Dan River since February 2, when a stormwater pipe broke beneath an unlined coal ash storage pond at Duke Energy’s retired power plant in Eden, near the North Carolina-Virginia border. […]


U.S. EPA Honors Corporations for Cutting Greenhouse Gases

SAN DIEGO, California, February 25, 2014 (ENS) – Corporations as different as aerospace giant Boeing, Caesars Entertainment with its hotels and casinos, the networking equipment company Cisco Systems, Fruit of the Loom underwear, the Hartford Financial Services Group, telecommunications company Sprint and Mack Trucks were honored today for their leadership in protecting the climate. […]

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Night Battle Erupts in Southern Ocean Whale War

MELBOURNE, Australia, February 25, 2014 (ENS) – What has become an annual battle between the Japanese whaling fleet and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society over the taking of whales by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary erupted again on Sunday night. […]

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Asian Elephants Console Other Elephants in Distress

BANGKOK, Thailand, February 24, 2014 (ENS) – Asian elephants reassure other elephants in distress with physical touches and vocalizations, finds a study that provides the first evidence of consolation in elephants. “Humans are unique in many ways, but not in as many ways as we once thought,” said lead author Joshua Plotnik. […]

Land Use/Forests

First Global Forest Protection Platform Opens Online

WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2014 (ENS) – Global Forest Watch, a new, free online monitoring and alert system for forest management, was launched Thursday by more than 40 organizations, including the World Resources Institute, Google and the UN Environment Programme. […]


Nebraska Judge Voids Governor’s Right to Set Keystone XL Route

LINCOLN, Nebraska, February 21, 2014 (ENS) – A Nebraska judge on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a state law that had allowed Governor Dave Heineman to approve the route the Keystone XL pipeline would take through Nebraska on its way from the Alberta tar sands across the Canada-U.S. border to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. […]


Obama Warns Canada, Mexico on Climate Impacts of Keystone XL

TOLUCA, Mexico, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – Without revealing any decision, President Barack Obama Wednesday made his strongest statement to date on the potential environmental impact of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The cross-border pipeline proposed by TransCanada would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to Texas refineries. […]


California Lawmakers Offer $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

SACRAMENTO, California, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – With California suffering its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, state elected officials Wednesday announced new legislation that would provide $687.4 million to help communities deal with the devastating dry conditions and fund increases to local water supplies. […]

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India’s Gujarat State Acts to Forestall Terrorist Oil Spills

GANDHINAGAR, Gujarat, India, February 19, 2014 (ENS) – The government of Gujarat, a state on India’s northwest coast, has decided to create a special 690-man force to secure its key non-major ports against terrorist oil spills. Gujarat’s ports are located on the Arabian Sea, and Pakistan borders the state to the north. […]

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Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps to the extraction of oil and gas, minerals and precious metals, and the dwindling supply of land-based materials creates incentives for deep sea industrialization. […]