At Risk

Bone Dry in Summer, California Navigates Winter Floods

SACRAMENTO, California, February 28, 2019 (ENS) – As severe winter storms continue across California, Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an emergency proclamation for five counties: Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma, to help them respond to and recover from flooding, mudslides and damage to critical infrastructure. […]

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Hawaii Gov. Declares Disaster for Vital Oahu Highway

HONOLULU, Hawaii, February 23, 2019 (ENS) – Governor David Ige has suspended many environmental laws in his disaster declaration for the Pali Highway, issued today. He is suspending: the state water code, soil and water conservation, forest reserves, state parks and wildlife reserves, and the entire natural areas reserves system, among others. […]

Land Use/Forests

Oil Palm Loggers Must Stop Cutting Near National Park

MULU, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 21, 2019 (ENS) – Sarawak Deputy State Assembly Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala today gave official notice to the oil palm plantation giant Radiant Lagoon to immediately stop clearing the forests on the fringes of Gunung Mulu National Park on the island of Borneo. […]

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Australia Creates a Rainbow to Celebrate Diversity

CANBERRA, Australia, February 20, 2019 (ENS) – Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has lit up its Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope as a rainbow for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019. Six of the antennas located in remote Western Australia each reflects a color of the rainbow against the Milky Way. […]

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Here Come the RoboBees: Autonomous Flying Microrobots

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 19, 2019 (ENS) – Inspired by the biology of a bee, researchers at the Wyss Institute have developed RoboBees – constructed systems that can do tasks such as pollinating crops, going on search and rescue missions or conducting climate and environmental monitoring. […]

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Sustainable Aviation Takes Off at ICAO Meeting

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, February 15, 2019 (ENS) – Measures to address aviation’s environmental impact globally were agreed at today’s meeting of the 250 experts on the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, CAEP, a part of the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. […]

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Plasticizers Inhibit Fertility in Female Mice

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, February 7, 2019 (ENS) – A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, new research has found. Phthalates are used as plasticizers, substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. […]