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Canada, U.S. Warn of Eight Chemicals in Great Lakes

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2016 – Canada and the United States have identified eight substances in the water of the Great Lakes as chemicals of mutual concern under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These chemicals are potentially harmful to human health or the environment or both. […]

coral and seaweed

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, May 31, 2016 (ENS) – One-third of the corals in the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef are bleached out and dying due to climate change, according to Australian researchers who just finished months of intensive aerial and underwater surveys. […]

At Risk

World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

PARIS, France, May 26, 2016 (ENS) – Climate change is quickly becoming one of the most challenging risks for World Heritage sites and the tourists who want to visit them, finds the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,” released today by UNESCO, UNEP, and the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. […]

Land Use/Forests

Chinese Oil Search Shuts Ecolodge at Amazon Headwaters

QUITO, Ecuador, May 25, 2016 (ENS) – Seismic explorations planned by Chinese oil company Sinopec at the headwaters of the Amazon in the remote jungles of Ecuador have led the Ecuadorian eco-tourism company, Tropic, to close the internationally recognized and award-winning Huaorani Ecolodge. […]

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Stars Back New UN Effort to End Illegal Wildlife Trade

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25, 2016 (ENS) – The United Nations, backed by celebrities from throughout the world, today launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife. The killing is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their heritage and profiting criminal networks. […]


Transport Emissions Must Peak Soon to Hit Paris Targets

BONN, Germany, May 19, 2016 (ENS) – International shipping and aviation will have to cap their greenhouse gas emissions soon for the world to meet the ambitious goals in the Paris Climate Agreement, participants at a side event at the Bonn climate change conference heard today. […]

At Risk

Raging Alberta Wildfires Block Oil Sands Production

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, May 17, 2016 (ENS) – Five new wildfires started in northern Alberta over the past 24 hours, and now a total of 17 wildfires are burning, with four blazing out of control. Fire conditions remain extreme in Alberta, where the Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control. […]

Refugio oil

Texas Pipeline Indicted for California Beach Oil Spill

SANTA BARBARA, California, May 17, 2016 (ENS) – Plains All-American Pipeline has been indicted by a grand jury on 46 criminal charges related to a May 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County. A Plains All-American Pipeline employee was also indicted on three criminal charges. […]

Air pollution

Poorest Cities Have the Most Polluted Air

Only cleaner transport, more efficient energy production and improved waste management can move the world’s poorest cities to reduce their air pollution – currently up to 10 times higher than levels approved by the World Health Organization, the world’s top health agency said in a new report released today. […]


Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked to Higher Autism Risk

BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 6, 2016 (ENS) – The use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays among children, finds new research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore. […]


Governments, Firms, Grassroots All Act for Climate Health

WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2016 (ENS) – The historic Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations on April 22 has given rise to this week’s Climate Action 2016 Summit, where global leaders from government, business and civil society are meeting for two days to showcase actions underway to make the agreement a success. […]


Changing Faces at the United Nations

NEW YORK, New York, May 4, 2016 (ENS) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as the new executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, and Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa Cantellano as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, […]