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Testing of Ebola Vaccine on Humans Begins

BETHESDA, Maryland, August 29, 2014 (ENS) – Fast-tracked human testing of a vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will begin next week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The early-stage trial will test a vaccine co-developed by NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline on 20 healthy adults. […]

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WHO’s Ebola Response Plan Admits Virus Could Infect 20,000

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The World Health Organization today issued an overarching plan to guide and coordinate the international response to the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa that now threatens to spread. The WHO acknowledges that the number of Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency. […]


AmeriScan: August 28, 2014

California Lawmakers Vote ‘Yes’ for One Million Electric Vehicles … ExxonMobil Pipeline Pays $1.4 Million for Louisiana Oil Spill … Small Railroads Get Help to Make Hazmat Hauling Safer … Cross-country Train Headed for Peoples’ Climate March … Conservationists to Sue Feds Over Wolverine Protection … New Jersey Restores Coastal Marshes With New Method … 20 Corals Listed as Threatened […]

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California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up for a vote before the legislature adjourns on August 31. […]

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Enticed by Marie’s Waves, California Surfer Dies

LOS ANGELES, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – High waves generated by Tropical Storm Marie hammering Southern California beaches turned fatal on Tuesday. An unconscious surfer rescued from the turbulent waters near Malibu Pier was later pronounced dead after Los Angeles County lifeguards tried but failed to save his life. […]

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Greece Calls for Firefighting Help to Save Ancient City

ATHENS, Greece, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Wildfires devouring forests in the central and southern parts of Greece are being extinguished with the help of the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism. France responded to Greece’s request for assistance in a matter of hours. […]

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Analysis: Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines Powered by Sun, Wind

By Andrew Topf – LONDON, UK, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint. […]

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Icelandic Volcano Shaken by Earthquakes, Airlines on Alert

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, August 26, 2014 (ENS) – Icelandic officials and scientists are warning airlines and travelers of intense seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland’s second highest mountain. Starting in early June, the seismic activity there has been continually increasing. […]

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Malaysian Police Go For Hybrid Patrol Cars

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, August 25, 2014 (ENS) – In October, the Royal Malaysian Police will begin using hybrid patrol cars and electric motorcycles, not only for their headquarters at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, but throughout the country. The shift is expected to save up to 35 percent on gas. […]

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Major Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

SACRAMENTO, California, August 24, 2014 (ENS) – At 3:20 am Sunday, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the small community of American Canyon in California’s wine-growing Napa County, causing power outages and damaging roads, homes and businesses. No fatalities were reported. […]

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Air Toxics Cleared for U.S. Urban Dwellers

WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2014 (ENS) – The air over U.S. metropolitan areas has improved during the 24 years since Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, finds a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. […]

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AmeriScan: August 22, 2014

Conservation International’s Climate TV Series Wins Emmy … Leonardo di Caprio Narrates New Climate Film “Carbon” … California’s Record Drought Lifts Earth’s Surface … EPA Sends Renewable Fuels Rule to White House … Judge Blocks Montana Logging Roads in Grizzly Habitat … Grizzly Bears Can Use Tools […]

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NASA Chooses Four Winning Climate App Designers

MOFFETT FIELD, California, August 22, 2014 (ENS) – Reuben Cummings from Peoria, Illinois is designing a web application to map potential and actual climate-related environmental hazards such as wildfires, flood, and drought across the United States. […]

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Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

MANILA, Philippines, August 20, 2014 (ENS) – Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report. […]

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AmeriScan: August 19, 2014

Oregon Rejects Coal Export Terminal … Weather Gives California Firefighters, Evacuees a Break … Malibu Parents, Teachers Plan to Sue Over Toxic Classrooms … USDA Invests New Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water … U.S. New Energy Capacity All Renewables in July … Whales Suffer Military Noise in Hawaiian Waters […]

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U.S. Completes Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons At Sea

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, August 18, 2014 (ENS) – All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralization technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. […]

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Ebola Crisis Worse Than Feared, Health Workers Harassed

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 18, 2014 (ENS) – The numbers of reported Ebola virus cases and deaths “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis” health workers at Ebola outbreak sites in four West African countries have told the United Nations World Health Organization, WHO. […]