AmeriScan: August 17, 2014

Arkansas Train Fire Kills Two, Injures Two Others … U.S. Awards $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicles … Bacon Bike Sizzles on Film … Songbird Habitat Safeguards Benefit Rivers in Nine States … Wolverine Climate Protection Proposal Withdrawn … Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunter Pleads Guilty … San Diego Refuge Complex Wins $1 Million Contest […]

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AmeriScan: August 15, 2014

Hurricane Iselle Affects Voting in Hawaii … California Will Vote on $7.5 Billion Water Bond … FDA: Beware Online Sales of Fraudulent Ebola Medicine … Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals Contaminate Landfill Leachate … Nine Cities to Reduce Sewage Discharge to San Francisco Bay … Michigan’s Largest Solar Array Going Up at Ford Headquarters … Court Rules California Gas Power Plant Permit Illegal […]

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China Must Lift Trade Restrictions on Rare Earth Elements

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 13, 2014 (ENS) – In a decision that affects automakers around the world, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, has ruled that China’s export duties and quotas on rare earth elements are not justified for reasons of environmental protection or conservation policy. […]

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Stray Dogs Spread Rabies Menace in Afghanistan

By Qaisar Khosti, KHOST, Afghanistan, August 13, 2014 (ENS) – Sari, a resident of Motun in the Khost province of southeast Afghanistan, wept as he described how he could do nothing but wait for his son to die. Nearly a month ago, the boy was bitten by a stray dog on his way home from school. […]

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Canada Donates Experimental Vaccine to Fight Ebola

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, August 12, 2014 (ENS) – Canada will donate at least 800 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization, WHO, to fight the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Tuesday. […]

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McCartney-Inscribed Martin Guitar Auctioned for Elephants

ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 12, 2014 (ENS) – To mark World Elephant Day, August 12, The Nature Conservancy will auction a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney and provided by Martin Guitar, founding sponsor of conservation group’s #SaveElephants initiative. […]


Greenpeace Ship Freed by Russia Sails Into Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, August 10, 2014 (ENS) – The Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise sailed back into Dutch territorial waters Saturday after over 300 days in Russian custody. It had been nearly a year, to the day, since the ship left the Norwegian port of Kirkenes on a mission to call world attention to the dangers of Arctic oil development. […]

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Mine Tailings Spill Devastates British Columbia Lakes

QUESNEL, British Columbia, Canada, August 8, 2014 (ENS) – A tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in south-central British Columbia Monday has released 10 million cubic meters of contaminated effluent into two lakes and local rivers and creeks, the largest tailings spill in the last 40 years. […]


AmeriScan: August 6, 2014

Hawaii Braces for Twin Hurricanes … New Jersey Criminalizes Sales of Ivory, Rhino Horn … Okinawa Dugongs Bring U.S. Military Airstrip Into Court … Migratory Songbirds Fly to Expanded Reserve in Ecuador … Five Pesticides to Be Assessed for Wildlife Impacts … Inaction on Bundy Stand-Off May Spur More Violence … Wild Horses: Overpopulated or Just Unwanted? […]


Massive Peoples’ Climate March Planned for UN Opening

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2014 (ENS) – Hundreds of thousands of activists plan to head for New York City on September 21 to take part in the People’s Climate March ahead of the UN Climate Summit. They hope it will turn into the largest climate protection rally in history. […]


$100 Million for Global Resilience at U.S.-Africa Summit

WASHINGTON, DC, August 5, 2014 (ENS) – U.S.-Africa cooperation on climate, wildlife trafficking and food security are center stage in Washington this week as President Barack Obama, the first U.S. President with African heritage, hosts nearly 50 African leaders at the White House. […]

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Tesla, Panasonic to Build ‘Gigafactory’ for Electric Car Batteries

PALO ALTO, California, August 4, 2014 (ENS) – Electric car batteries are about to get cheaper and more abundant. Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors signed an agreement Thursday detailing their cooperation to construct and operate the Gigafactory, a $5 billion, large-scale lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the United States. […]

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Toxic Algae Contaminates Toledo’s Water

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 3, 2014 (ENS) – More than 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio’s fourth largest city, are without water following the detection of the toxin Microcystin in the public water system, caused by an algal bloom in the area. […]


Massachusetts Landowners Block Pipeline Surveyors

By Martin Laine, BOSTON, Massachusetts, August 3, 2014 (ENS) – The proposed extension of a natural gas pipeline that would run the length of Massachusetts is meeting stiff resistance from a broad coalition of residents, local governments, conservation and environmental organizations, and legislators. […]