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World Water Week: Water Scarcity Becoming Urgent

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 28, 2019 (ENS) – When World Water Week opened in Stockholm Monday, speakers at the annual event addressing global water issues called for an immediate and drastic shift in how freshwater is shared and managed. The world’s water shortage is increasingly acute, all speakers warned and, despite some progress, humanity appears to lack the motivational power to deal with this crucial issue. […]

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CITES Bans Sale of Wild Baby African Elephants to Zoos

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2019 (ENS) – Wildlife conservationists are celebrating a cliff-hanger of a win for elephants at the triennial Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, in Geneva where delegates Tuesday voted to limit the controversial trade of wild-caught baby African elephants from Zimbabwe and Botswana to zoos. […]


Trump Disrupts France’s Effort to Green the G7 Summit

BIARRITZ, France, August 26, 2019 (ENS) – The seven industrialized countries that make up the Group of Seven (G7) – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – had an ambitious environmental agenda mapped out before their meeting August 24-26 in Biarritz, a  beach resort town on France’s Basque coast. […]

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Fires Destroy Amazon Rainforest at Record Pace

BRASILIA, Brazil, August 23, 2019 (ENS) – South America’s Amazon rainforest is burning in many places, blazing away so fiercely that the fires are visible from space. Smoke from the fires, mostly burning in southern Brazil, has reached Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, more than 1,700 miles away. […]

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Governments Protect Giraffes at CITES Meeting

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 23, 2019 (ENS) – Giraffes will now be protected against trade in their body parts for the first time. Delegates from 183 countries to the tri-annual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species decided to add giraffes to an endangered species list, voting to regulate the trade in products made from giraffes… […]

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Newark Drinking Water Emergency: Lead Filters Failing

NEWARK, New Jersey, August 20, 2019 (ENS) – Filters intended to remove lead in the city of Newark’s tap water are not working as expected in at least two homes, Mayor Ras Baraka has announced in the latest turn of events in a Newark water crisis that has lasted nearly three years. […]

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CITES to Update Wildlife Trade Rules for 550 Species

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 13, 2019 (ENS) – The 183 countries that are Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, will adopt decisions and resolutions to expand and strengthen the global wildlife trade regime at CITES’ upcoming triennial World Wildlife Conference. […]

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Trump Rolls Back Endangered Species Act Protections

WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2019 (ENS) – In an attack on imperiled wildlife, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service today released the final changes to three proposed rules of the Endangered Species Act, ESA. […]

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New Brazilian Monkey Already At Risk of Habitat Loss

MANAUS, Brazil, August 9, 2019 (ENS) – A new species of marmoset has been discovered in the southwest of Brazil’s Pará state in an area of the Amazon that has suffered extensive illegal logging and agricultural conversion. The destruction is happening, the researchers say, “even within federal conservation units and protected indigenous lands.” […]


Climate Change Undercutting World Food Security

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 8, 2019 (ENS) – Climate change is pressuring all four pillars of the world’s food security: availability (yield and production), access (prices and ability to obtain food), utilization (nutrition and cooking), and stability (disruptions to availability), finds a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. […]

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Krypton Reveals Ancient Aquifer Under the Negev Desert

BEERSHEBA, Israel, August 5, 2019 (ENS) – The Negev Desert, which covers half of Israel’s landmass, is so dry that parts of it get less than three inches of water a year; so dry it is called hyperarid. Yet today, there is still water in an aquifer beneath the Negev Desert. […]