UNFCCC: National Climate Plans ‘Down Payment on a New Era’

BONN, Germany, October 30, 2015 (ENS) – Climate change reduction pledges filed by 147 governments with the UN’s climate agency will go a long way towards limiting global warming, but the total does not meet the agreed goal of keeping it below 2 degrees Celsius, the United Nations said today. […]


More American Businesses Act on Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC, October 21, 2015 (ENS) – Alcoa, American Express, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Best Buy, Bloomberg, Cargill, Calpine, Coca-Cola, Dell, Facebook, GE, General Mills, Google… all these companies and many more have made climate pledges. […]


Hurricane-Resistant House Wins Solar Decathlon

IRVINE, California, October 20, 2015 (ENS) – The team from Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, New Jersey – inspired by Hurricane Sandy to design and create a net-zero home resilient to hurricane-force winds and flooding – won top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. […]


World Leaders Urge Global Carbon Pricing

BONN, Germany, October 20, 2015 (ENS) – Global carbon pricing is an idea whose time has come, heads of government said in a joint declaration today, urging their peers to set up carbon markets and tax carbon emissions ahead of climate talks in Paris in December. […]


Climate Pledges Too Weak to Avert Disaster

BONN, Germany, October 19, 2015 (ENS) – World leaders gathering in Paris in December for the 21st annual UN Climate Conference, COP21, are expected to sign a legally-binding international agreement to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. […]

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Smoke From Indonesia’s Illegal Fires Chokes SE Asia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 19, 2015 (ENS) – Fires started illegally to clear land for oil palm and acacia pulp plantations in Indonesia are sending thick smoke over the Southeast Asian region, making breathing painful, closing schools, canceling outdoor events and disrupting air traffic. […]

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Electric Buses + Music = Excitement in Gothenburg

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, October 19, 2015 (ENS) – The ElectriCity project has launched its campaign Silent Bus Sessions, featuring Swedish artists Zara Larsson and Seinabo Sey performing acoustic concerts for unsuspecting passengers on the new electric bus route in Gothenburg. […]


Obama Cancels Arctic Oil Leases After Shell Pull-out

WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2015 (ENS) – “In light of current market conditions and low industry interest,” the U.S. Department of the Interior says it will cancel the two potential Arctic offshore lease sales scheduled under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program that ends in 2017. […]

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Chinese ‘Queen of Ivory’ Arrested in Tanzania

DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania, October 12, 2015 (ENS) – Tanzanian authorities have arrested one of the country’s most notorious alleged ivory traffickers, the so-called “Queen of Ivory.” Yang Feng Glan, 66, is charged with smuggling and trafficking ivory tusks over a 14-year-period. […]

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Beijing Forest Police Bust Wildlife Trafficking Ring

BEIJING, China, October 12, 2015 (ENS) – Beijing Forest Police have arrested 16 suspects in a major wildlife trafficking case code-named May 21. The sting led to the seizure of wildlife products worth about US$4 million, including ivory, rhino horn and bear paws. […]

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Plastic for Dinner

DAVIS, California, October 9, 2015 (ENS) – Roughly one in every four fish sold for human consumption in certain California and Indonesian markets contain plastic fragments or textile fibers in their guts, an international team of scientists has found. […]