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Conservation 3.0: Will Bioengineered Horn Save Rhinos?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 27, 2016 (ENS) – “Imagine if all the people in the world could fit into one stadium. Sadly, all the wild rhinos in the world can, with room to spare.” So begins the WildAid demand reduction commercial, “Whole World,” starring Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and NBA star Yao Ming. […]

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Legal Ivory Trade Rejected in Heated Debate

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 27, 2016 (ENS) – Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s proposal for approval of future legal trade in ivory was rejected by the majority of governments at the CITES conference, led by outspoken opponents Burkina Faso, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Chad. […]

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CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 25, 2016 (ENS) – “It is a great pleasure to be here in the City of Johannesburg – the vibrant heart of South Africa,” said John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, opening this 12-day trade and wildlife meeting on Saturday. […]

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Prince William: Not Acceptable to Buy and Sell Ivory

LONDON, UK, September 23, 2016 (ENS) – In a live satellite feed from London to invited audiences in Johannesburg and Toyko ahead of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Prince William said “it is no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory.” […]

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U.S. Issues “Proactive” Guidelines for Driverless Cars

WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – “Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announcing the government’s new policy for their safe testing and deployment. […]


Paris Climate Agreement Will Take Effect This Year

NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is set to become law this year after a ceremony at the United Nations in New York today saw 60 countries worth 47.5 percent of global emissions complete their accession to it and 14 others commit to doing so before year’s end. […]


Alabama Pipeline Leak Bypassed, Fuel to Flow Again

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, September 20, 2016 (ENS) – Gasoline is expected to begin flowing again Wednesday through a temporary bypass on a damaged pipeline in Alabama owned by Colonial Pipeline, one of the country’s biggest pipeline companies. The leak forced a pipeline shutdown, skyrocketing fuel prices and gas shortages across the South. […]

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Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Illegal trade in endangered species, including internet commerce, is enormous – by any estimate. Far-reaching decisions on managing the world’s wildlife are about to be made here in Johannesburg, where 182 countries plus the EU will gather Saturday for 12 days of intense negotiations. […]


Bank of America Goes Carbon Neutral

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Bank of America today pledged to go carbon neutral, and to use 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2020. The bank says it will manage facilities that support its 4,700 retail financial centers and 16,000 ATMs for protection of the climate. […]

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UN Forces Rescue Hundreds from DRC National Park

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – Acting on humanitarian grounds at the request of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations mission in the country has “extracted” hundreds of individuals from a national park in the DRC. […]


Australia’s Rules for Giant Adani Coal Mine “Inadequate”

CANBERRA, Australia, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – The Adani Group is moving ahead with its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, despite a new report by conservation groups that finds the conditions the federal government set when it approved the mine are “inadequate and will not protect the environment as claimed.” […]


Brazil Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

BRASILIA, Brazil, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer, today ratified his country’s adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, which sets greenhouse gas emissions targets to stop the global temperature from rising beyond 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. […]


California Sets Strictest GHG Reduction Targets

SACRAMENTO, California, September 9, 2016 (ENS) – Ten years after California adopted the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation, Governor Jerry Brown Thursday strengthened that commitment, signing two bills that require the state to cut emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. […]


VW Explores Making EVs With State-Owned Chinese Firm

WOLFSBURG, Germany, September 9, 2016 (ENS) – Volkswagen and the Chinese corporation Anhui Jianghuai Automobile will explore joint development of electric vehicles in China, the two companies agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. […]

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Sioux Battle Dakota Access Pipeline in Court, on Site

WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2016 (ENS) – A federal judge Tuesday declined to halt construction on a part of the Dakota Access oil pipeline route west of Lake Oahe that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has recently identified as sacred tribal burial ground. The site was bulldozed on the Labor Day weekend by construction crews. […]

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New Census: 30% of Africa’s Savanna Elephants Dead

HONOLULU, Hawaii, September 5, 2016 (ENS) – Wildlife conservationists meeting in Honolulu for the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress are shocked and saddened by the release of the Great Elephant Census showing that numbers of African savanna elephants have declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014. […]