Four in Every 10 Americans Are Breathing Dirty Air

WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2015 (ENS) – The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2015” report, released today during Air Quality Awareness Week, shows that over four in every 10 Americans live in counties where levels of these pollutants make the air unhealthy to breathe. […]

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Nepal Quake Kills 4,400+, Aftershocks Scare Survivors

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 27, 2015 (ENS) – The death toll has reached 4,438 following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal and surrounding countries Saturday, while more than 8,000 others are injured. The death toll could rise as rescuers reach remote villages cut off by landslides. […]

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EU Invests Millions to ‘Make Chernobyl Safe Again’

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 27, 2015 (ENS) – The European Commission said today it will contribute an additional €70 million to complete the return to a safe environment at the site of the catastrophic explosion and meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant 29 years ago. […]

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South Africa Releases First Lion Management Plan

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 26, 2015 (ENS) – South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has released for public comment its first-ever Biodiversity Management Plan for lions. There are currently 2,300 wild lions in national parks and 800 “managed wild” lions in smaller reserves. […]

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Human-Caused Earthquake Hazards Jump in Eight States

RESTON, Virginia, April 26, 2015 (ENS) – The number of earthquakes triggered by human activities has soared since 2009 in the central and eastern United States. New research by the U.S. Geological Survey links the increase to industrial operations that dispose of wastewater or other fluids by injecting it into deep wells. […]

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Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupts Without Warning

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 25, 2015 (ENS) – The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time since 1972. Blown in a north-easterly direction, ash from Calbuco traveled as far as southern Brazil on Saturday, prompting some airlines to cancel flights, stranding thousands at airports. […]


Earth Day Inspires Actions Across the USA

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2105 (ENS) – On its 45th anniversary, Earth Day 2015 has gone mainstream. Across the United States people from all walks of life engaged in enthusiastic actions to protect the planet and voiced dire warnings about the consequences if we fail. […]


U.S. Builds Climate Resilience of Lands, Waters

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2015 (ENS) – U.S. government agencies have entered into four collaborative landscape partnerships – in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – to help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change. […]


Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 20, 2015 (ENS) – The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries. […]

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Valuable But Toxic: World’s E-waste Goes to Waste

TOKYO, Japan, April 20, 2015 (ENS) – The United States and China produce the most e-waste overall – 32 percent of the world’s total. But the top per capita e-waste producers are the wealthy nations of northern and western Europe, the top five being Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. […]


Oil Trains Ordered to Go Slow in Urban Areas

WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2015 (ENS) – Responding to the unprecedented number of recent fiery oil train derailments, the U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued an Emergency Order requiring trains carrying large amounts of Class 3 flammable liquid through highly populated areas to go no faster than 40 miles per hour. […]


Countries, Oil Companies Will Stop Routine Gas Flaring

WASHINGTON, DC, April 17, 2015 (ENS) – For the first time, chief executives of major oil companies joined today with senior government officials from oil-producing countries in an agreement to end the practice of routine gas flaring at oil production sites by 2030 at the latest. […]