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Belgian Scientists Turn Sawdust Into ‘Green Hydrocarbons’

LEUVEN, Belgium, December 1, 2014 (ENS) – Belgian researchers have found a way to convert ordinary sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, scientists led by a team at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. […]

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Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

KARONGA, Malawi, November 25, 2014 (ENS) – Paladin Africa Ltd, which mines uranium ore in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga has come under fire from a coalition of Malawian civil society groups and chiefs over its proposal to discharge mining sludge into the Sere and North Rukuru rivers. […]

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Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2014 (ENS) – An abnormal warming of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño effect forecast for the coming six months is threatening extreme weather conditions for Pacific island states’ industry and infrastructure, the United Nations warned Friday. […]


AmeriScan: November 19, 2014

Senate Democrats Put a Price on Carbon Pollution … Chevrolet Buys First Prairie Grassland Carbon Offsets … Alaskan Polar Bear Population Down by 40 Percent … Fracking Allowed in Largest Eastern National Forest […]


Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By One Vote

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2014 (ENS) – A measure to force approval of the Keystone tar sands pipeline was defeated in the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 59-41. Sixty votes were needed for passage of the bill. All the Republican Senators and 11 Democrats voted for the bill. A similar measure sailed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives last week. […]

Land Use/Forests

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time in the 50-year history of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, a chief minister has taken the timber industry to task. Chief Minister Adenan Satem Monday gathered the tycoons of the state’s big six logging firms for a meeting, during which he publicly accused them of “corrupt” practices. […]

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Mobile Phone App Could Help Manage Harmful Traffic Noise

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – A new mobile phone application, called 2Loud?, can measure night-time noise exposure inside homes near roadways. EU health officials say that with large-scale community participation, the app could provide valuable data for urban planning. […]


Massey Coal Executive Indicted for Fatal Mine Explosion

CHARLESTON, West Virginia, November 15, 2014 (ENS) – Don Blankenship, former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards and impeding federal mine safety officials prior to an explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine at Montcoal, West Virginia that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010. […]

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Land Use/Forests

IUCN Debuts Green List of Protected Areas at World Parks Congress

SYDNEY, Australia, November 14, 2014 (ENS) – The IUCN’s Green List of Protected Areas was introduced to the world today at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney. Held once every 10 years by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the World Parks Congress gathers thousands of delegates from around the world to strategize on protection of the planet’s vanishing pristine areas. […]


AmeriScan: November 13, 2014

Utah Recycler Abandons Tons of Toxic e-Waste … U.S. Forces Smelly SO2 Emitters Into $50 Million Upgrades … PEER: ‘Cattle Trample Sage-grouse Recovery’ … Green Groups Sue to Save Walruses from Arctic Drilling … Conservation Partners Envision Recovery […]

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Fukushima Radioactive Cesium Found Off California Coast

WOODS HOLE, Massachusetts, November 11, 2014 (ENS) – In California waters for the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of signature radioactive compounds from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off Japan’s Pacific coast. […]

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Billion Euro Eco-Friendly Train Station Opens in Vienna

VIENNA, Austria, November 11, 2014 (ENS) – Vienna’s new environmentally-friendly Central Railway Station will begin receiving international arrivals in December. Austrian transportation planners have designed access to the new station to favor public transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians over automobiles. […]

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Land Use/Forests

Brazilian Judge Sides With Tribe Over Land Threatened by Dams

BRASILIA, Brazil, November 6, 2014 (ENS) – In a struggle between a Brazilian indigenous tribe and the federal government over two dams that would flood lands claimed by the tribe, a federal judge has ruled that the government must immediately publish its report delineating the tribe’s territory that has been withheld for more than a year. […]