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2015 Hottest Year on Record, By Far

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 26, 2016 (ENS) – For the first time on record, global temperatures in 2015 were about 1°Celsius above the pre-industrial era, according to a consolidated analysis from the World Meteorological Organization, WMO. […]

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Sri Lanka Crushes Tonnes of Contraband Ivory

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, January 26, 2016 (ENS) – Today, on International Customs Day, the Sri Lankan government has crushed more than 350 confiscated elephant tusks to destroy the value of ivory on the black market and to demonstrate Sri Lanka’s commitment to combating the illegal wildlife trade. […]


World Economic Forum Addresses Global Problems

DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland, January 21, 2016 (ENS) – Climate change, food waste, sustainable business development, the future of Europe – the World Economic Forum is exploring a wide range of issues at its 2016 annual meeting that opened January 20 under the theme Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […]

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Michigan Governor in Hot Water Over Flint Water Crisis

LANSING, Michigan, January 15, 2016 (ENS) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, Thursday asked President Barack Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster for Genesee County as a result of ongoing emergency water response efforts in the city of Flint. […]


Obama Halts Coal Leases on U.S. Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2016 (ENS) – No new coal leases will be issued on public lands while the Obama Administration conducts a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and evaluate potential reforms, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today. […]

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2016 Honda Civic, Volvo Hybrid SUV Win Top Honors

DETROIT, Michigan, January 12, 2016 (ENS) – More than 50 international automotive journalists have named the Honda Civic and the Volvo XC90 hybrid SUV the official 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. […]


India’s on a Mission to Convert Street Lights to LEDs

MUMBAI, India, January 11, 2016 (ENS) – India’s central government plans to switch all streetlights across the country to energy-efficient LED bulbs by the end of 2018, saving US$6 billion a year, says Piyush Goyal, the Union government’s minister for power, coal, new and renewable energy. […]

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EPA Urged to Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2016 (ENS) – Under a court order, the Environmental Protection Agency last October proposed a ban on all agricultural uses of the Dow AgroSciences insecticide chlorpyrifos. This organophosphate can cause severe neurotoxic symptoms in humans if touched, inhaled, or eaten. […]