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Deadly Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, December 23, 2018 (ENS) – Hundreds of people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured or missing after a tsunami hit the island nation of Indonesia without warning Sunday following a volcanic eruption and underwater landslides kilometers offshore. […]

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UK Bans Ivory Sales to Save Elephants

LONDON, UK, December 21, 2018 (ENS) – One of the world’s strictest bans on ivory sales became law in the United Kingdom today as the Ivory Bill gained Royal Assent to become the Ivory Act 2018. Since the Bill was introduced on May 23, it has rapidly cleared Parliamentary processes, and is expected to take effect in late 2019. […]


COP24 Approves Paris Climate Agreement Work Program

KATOWICE, Poland, December 17, 2018 (ENS) – The nearly 200 governments gathered in Katowice for the United Nations COP24 climate change conference early Sunday adopted a set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. […]


1,000+ Institutions Divest From Fossil Fuels

KATOWICE, Poland, December 13, 2018 (ENS) – Over 1,000 institutions with managed investments worth US$$8 trillion have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies because they are driving the climate crisis. The announcement from nonprofits campaigning for divestment, comes as the UN’s annual climate conference, COP24 in Katowice draws to a close. […]

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Argentina Protects Wonders of the Patagonian Sea

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, December 13, 2018 (ENS) – Argentina has created two new massive offshore marine parks in the southwest Atlantic that will help protect habitat and feeding grounds for penguins, sea lions, fur seals, sharks, cold-water corals, and many other marine species found nowhere else on Earth. […]

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Aquariums, States Blast Atlantic Coast Seismic Permits

NEW YORK, New York, December 7, 2018 (ENS) – The Trump administration has authorized the use of seismic air guns to locate oil and gas pockets deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policy, and drawing the ire of East Coast elected officials, marine scientists and environmentalists. […]


COP24: Cooler Climate Could Save a Million Lives a Year

KATOWICE, Poland, December 5, 2018 (ENS) – Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone, finds a new World Health Organization report released today at COP24, the ongoing UN climate conference. […]


Billions Pledged for Climate at Poland’s COP24

KATOWICE, Poland, December 4, 2018 (ENS) – Heads of state and government, diplomats and climate scientists, economists and bankers have gathered in Katowice for the UN’s annual climate conference, and this one is anything but routine. Known as COP24, it has a daunting task. […]


UN, 28 Banks Draft Global Responsibility Standards

PARIS, France, November 30, 2018 (ENS) – “The global banking industry is stepping up to the sustainability challenge,” said Satya Tripathi of India, UN assistant secretary-general, UN Environment. “I’m optimistic we’ll see a realignment of business practice – one that embraces the fact that green and socially responsible business is the best business.” […]

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California: After the Fires – Rain and Mud

SACRAMENTO, California, November 30, 2018 (ENS) – After scorching 153,336 acres in California north of Sacramento, the Camp Fire is now 100 percent contained, but not before it claimed 85 lives and injured three firefighters. Several hundred people are still considered missing. […]

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Congo Hands Elephant Poachers Maximum Prison Sentence

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo, November 30, 2018 (ENS) – Four poachers responsible for killing elephants on the edge of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the local district court on November 22, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which conducts conservation work in the area. […]


UN Environment Chief Forced to Resign

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 27, 2018 (ENS) – The head of the United Nations environment agency, Erik Solheim of Norway, has resigned after the British newspaper “The Guardian” revealed excess travel expenses and rule breaking that led some countries to withhold funds from the agency. […]

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UN: Global Emissions Gap Widens Despite Climate Efforts

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 27, 2018 (ENS) – Global carbon dioxide emissions rose again in 2017 after a three year pause, pinpointing the urgent need for countries to deliver on the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, finds a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme. […]


Dire Climate Warnings: Dems Listen, Learn; GOP Denies

WASHINGTON, DC, November 25, 2018 (ENS) – A bombshell of a report from the federal government that finds global warming is creating new risks across the United States, is being shrugged off by the Trump administration and Republicans although it warns of “growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.” […]

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Trump Visits California Fires: 71 Dead, 1,000+ Missing

CHICO, California, November 17, 2018 (ENS) – “We will do everything in our power to support and protect our fellow citizens in harm’s way,” said President Donald Trump today on his way to California to view the devastating effects of wildfires that have so far claimed 71 lives and left more than 1,000 people listed as missing. […]