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. […]

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Federal Judge Bans Fracking Off California Coast

LOS ANGELES, California, November 12, 2018 (ENS) – Conservation and Native American groups have won their fracking lawsuit against the Trump administration. A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to stop issuing permits for offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast. […]


Judge Blocks Trump’s Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

GREAT FALLS, Montana, November 9, 2018 (ENS) – A federal judge in Montana Thursday overturned the Trump Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and issued an injunction stopping all construction of the pipeline that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in the United States. […]

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Raging California Fires Force Thousands to Evacuate

SACRAMENTO, California, November 9, 2018 (ENS) – California fire officials ordered the evacuation of large parts of the seaside city of Malibu this morning as a racing wildfire jumped the U.S. 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and headed toward the community famous for its celebrity homes, some of the world’s most expensive real estate. […]


Record Opposition Spending Doomed Eco-Ballot Measures

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2018 (ENS) – Alaska voters have left the world’s largest salmon run unprotected from mining runoff into Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble gold, copper and molybdenum mine. The measure failed by a large margin Tuesday night, after a deluge of opposition spending by oil and mining interests. […]


Healthcare, Economy, Not Climate, Top U.S. Voters’ Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2018 (ENS) – Healthcare, the economy and immigration top the list of issues that voters consider important to their vote for Congress this year, according to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll. Climate change is low on the list, but ranks higher than in the last midterm election. […]