UNICEF: 300 Million Children Breathe Toxic Air

NEW YORK, New York, October 31, 2016 (ENS) – One in every seven children, 300 million, endure the world’s most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – and many die as a result, finds a new report from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. […]


Open Data Initiative: Taiwan Power Crisis Avoidable

TAIPEI, Taiwan, October 31, 2016 (ENS) – Premier Lin Chuan’s June order to power up the mothballed No. 1 reactor at the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant was prompted by a power shortage that was deliberately engineered by the state-owned Taiwan Power Company, according to former national policy adviser Rex How. […]

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Greenpeace to Samsung: Recover Metals in Recalled Phones

SEOUL, South Korea, October 31, 2016 (ENS) – Samsung Electronics Co., faced with the discovery that the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone could ignite, has recalled 2.5 million of the devices from 10 countries. Greenpeace wants Samsung to retrieve tons of precious metals from the waste phones. […]


141 Water Protectors Arrested at Dakota Pipeline Protest

MANDAN, North Dakota, October 28, 2016 (ENS) – Law enforcement officials in riot gear arrested 141 people at a demonstration on private land against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Law enforcement officials in riot gear arrested 141 people at a demonstration on private land against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. […]

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Fueling U.S. Truck Fleets Is Destroying the Amazon

OAKLAND, California, October 28, 2016 (ENS) – U.S. imports of crude oil from South America’s Amazon rainforest are driving the expansion of oil operations into some of the most pristine regions, devastating unique biodiversity and indigenous peoples, poisoning U.S. refinery communities, and changing the global climate, finds a new report by the nonprofit Amazon Watch. […]


2016 a First: Global CO2 Averages 400 ppm All Year

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 26, 2016 (ENS) – For the first time this year, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is projected to reach the milestone of 400 parts per million on a global average basis for an entire year, according to the World Meteorological Organization. […]

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U.S. Antarctic Program Scientist Dies in Snowmobile Fall

ARLINGTON, Virginia, October 25, 2016 (ENS) – A Scottish glaciologist with the U.S. Antarctic Program was fatally injured Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding fell into a crevasse. Dr. Gordon Hamilton, 50, of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, was working on White Island in the Ross Archipelago when the accident occurred. […]

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Japan’s Whaling in Defiance of World Court Stirs Anger

PORTOROZ, Slovenia, October 24, 2016 (ENS) – As delegates from around the world gather in Portoroz for the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission on Monday, pro-whaling and anti-whaling nations are set to clash yet again over Japan’s so-called “scientific whaling.” […]


Climate Cooperation Binds EU, Eastern European Nations

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 23, 2016 (ENS) – At the first Eastern Partnership formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change, the EU and six partner countries to the east confirmed their joint commitment to cooperation on environmental challenges, climate change and sustainable development. […]


World to Phase Out Potent Climate-Warming Refrigerants

KIGALI, Rwanda, October 17, 2016 (ENS) – Nearly 200 nations have struck a legally binding deal to limit greenhouse gases of high global warming potential used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The accord was reached during talks in the Rwandan capital late Friday, and announced on Saturday. […]


Zika Most Damaging During Rapid Brain Growth

JUPITER, Florida, October 17, 2016 (ENS) – In new research that could help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by the Zika virus, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have pinpointed how the virus attacks the brains of newborns. […]


Africa Seeks 25 Million Climate Smart Farmers by 2025

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 15, 2016 (ENS) – African delegates from more than 45 countries have welcomed progress made by the New Partnership for African Development, NEPAD, Gender Climate Change and Agriculture Programme, established to foster resilience among farmers to the shocks of climate change. […]


EU Blocks Its Own Climate Change Emissions Cuts

GUILDFORD, Surrey, UK, October 14, 2016 E(NS) – The European Union’s own internal policy processes are blocking the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the 28-member bloc, finds new research by an international team from Sweden and the United Kingdom. […]