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U.S. Judge Halts Grizzly Bear Hunting for Two Weeks

MISSOULA, Montana, August 31, 2018 (ENS) – A federal judge Thursday granted a temporary restraining order stopping Wyoming and Idaho’s planned grizzly hunt that was set to start September 1. The order grants the bears a reprieve while the judge decides whether the federal government should reinstate federal protections for the bears. […]

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Dangerous Hurricane Lane Smashes Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 23, 2018 (ENS) – Hurricane Lane is swirling across the Pacific Ocean as a major Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles an hour. The National Weather Service is predicting dangerous storm conditions for all islands, with heavy rain, flash flooding, high surf and strong winds. […]

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L.A. Transit to Screen Riders for Weapons, Explosives

LOS ANGELES, California, August 22, 2018 (ENS) – Body scanners to detect weapons and explosives that could cause a mass-casualty event will be the new normal on the Los Angeles subway system shortly, as L.A. becomes the first U.S. mass transit system to install the devices. […]


Trump Hands States Control Over Coal-Fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, August 21, 2018 (ENS) – Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency today proposed a new rule to govern greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants across the country. Instead of one national standard, each state will be allowed to set its own emission standards for coal-fueled power plants. […]

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South Africa Licenses Leopard Hunting

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 17, 2018 (ENS) – South Africa has opened hunting season on leopards after two years of grace. The Department of Environmental Affairs has given permission to shoot two leopards in KwaZulu Natal and five in the Limpopo Province. The leopards must be males of seven years or older. […]


EU Countries Seek to Escape Air Pollution Limits

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 15, 2018 (ENS) – After exceeding their legal national air pollution limits, 11 EU Member States have asked the European Commission to raise their emission ceilings. Green groups say this process, known as an inventory adjustment, undermines the law because targets can be raised after they have been missed. […]


Mosquito ‘Danger Days’ Multiply as Climate Warms

PRINCETON, New Jersey, August 14, 2018 (ENS) – Sicknesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks found in the United States during this time, according to the latest “Vital Signs” report by the Centers for Disease Control. […]

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Water Scarcity Solutions on Tap

WASHINGTON, DC, August 13, 2018 (ENS) – “We have a water crisis, which is based on increasing population, urbanization and climate disruption. And there’s unsustainable use of our water,” said Argonne National Laboratory researcher Seth Darling. “Part of addressing this is through policy solutions, but we also need new, more energy-efficient and cost-effective technologies.” […]

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California Ablaze Despite Firefighters’ Best Efforts

SACRAMENTO, California, August 11, 2018 (ENS) – California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties due to the effects of the River, Ranch and Steele fires, which have destroyed homes, causing thousands of residents to flee, and threatened critical infrastructure. […]

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Fires Sweep Europe: Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 6, 2018 (ENS) – With Europe in the grip of a heatwave and with little rain to ease the drought, sunburned ground and dry vegetation are succumbing to fire. Fires have now broken out as far north as the Arctic Circle, in Sweden. Officials fear that the record temperatures and drought are linked to climate change. […]

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Trump Ends Ban on Pesticides, GMOs on Wildlife Refuges

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2018 (ENS) – The Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reversing a 2014 ban on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified crops that trigger greater pesticide use across the national wildlife refuge system. […]

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California’s Carr Fire Claims Seventh Life

REDDING, California, August 5, 2018 (ENS) – The Carr Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in California history, has claimed another life – bringing the death toll since July 23 to seven. A Pacific Gas and Electric crew member was doing restoration work in Shasta County Saturday afternoon when the fatal accident occurred. […]

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Trump Would Freeze U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2018 (ENS) – The Trump administration proposed Thursday to freeze national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. Opponents, including 19 states’ attorneys general, have already filed a lawsuit to block the proposal. […]