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Paris Climate Pact Affirmed in UN Earth Day Ceremony

NEW YORK, New York, April 22, 2016 (ENS) – As global leaders sign the Paris Agreement on climate change today at UN Headquarters, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction says they must go beyond their existing commitments if the world is to avoid future catastrophic weather events. […]

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Six Grassroots Leaders Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 18, 2016 (ENS) – “If we seek to achieve environmental justice we must first empower citizen participation and protect our natural resources,” said Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner for Islands and Island Nations. […]

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Earthquake Hits Ecuador, Kills More Than 272

QUITO, Ecuador, April 17, 2016 (ENS) – The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Saturday night off the west coast of northern Ecuador has killed at least 272 people, a death toll that will “certainly rise,” according to President Rafael Correa. […]


CO2 Emissions Down as EU Drivers Buy Cleaner Cars

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 14, 2016 (ENS) – New cars sold in the European Union are increasingly more fuel-efficient and beat the official CO2 emissions target handily, concludes the European Environment Agency (EEA) in a new report published today. […]

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Ortho Bans Neonics, Bees Do Their Happy Dance

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, April 12, 2016 (ENS) – Insect control giant Ortho today said the company would immediately begin phasing out neonicotinoid-based pesticides for outdoor use because they are deadly to valuable pollinators such as bees. […]

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Wild Tiger Numbers Up: First Time in 100 Years

NEW DELHI, India, April 11, 2016 (ENS) – The number of tigers living in the wild has increased to 3,890 animals, the first uptick in the global wild tiger population in 100 years, World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum announced today. […]

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U.S. Working Group Fights Toxic Algae

WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2016 (ENS) – In-depth scientific research and broad-based communications are both needed to get control of harmful algal blooms and low-oxygen conditions called hypoxia in U.S. waters, advises a new report to Congress. […]

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Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms

WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2016 (ENS) – Freshwater polluted by harmful algal blooms costs the United States at least $64 million a year. Now four federal agencies are collaborating on a $3.6 million research project to transform satellite data into information in formats that managers can use. […]

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U.S. Tightens Rules for Captive Tiger Trade

WASHINGTON, DC, April 8, 2016 (ENS) – To strengthen tiger protection, the U.S. government has finalized a rule declaring that captive tigers of unknown genetic background or crosses between different subspecies, known as “generic” tigers, are no longer exempt from permitting requirements. […]

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Heat Stress Killing Corals on Great Barrier Reef

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, April 6, 2016 (ENS) – The most pristine section of the world largest coral reef is experiencing the worst mass bleaching event in history, scientists have determined during aerial and in-water surveys of the Great Barrier Reef. […]

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India Continues Diesel Ban, Aims for 100% EVs by 2030

NEW DELHI, India, April 1, 2016 (ENS) – India’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the ban on the registration of vehicles powered by large diesel engines in the National Capital Region will continue until further notice. The government wants every car on India’s roads to be an electric vehicle by 2030. […]