UN Climate Action Summit Yields Rich Funding Promises

NEW YORK, New York, September 24, 2019 (ENS) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned world leaders not to come to his landmark Climate Action Summit with beautiful speeches alone, but to present plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050. So what was promised at Monday’s event at UN Headquarters in New York? […]


Pledges of Climate Healing Resound at Climate Week NYC

NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2019 (ENS) – “California is significantly outperforming the United States of America in GDP growth over a five-year period – not despite our environmental strategies, but because of our environmental strategies,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told the opening day audience at Climate Week NYC. […]


Leaders at UN Climate Action Summit Hear Brutal Truths

NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2019 (ENS) – Speaking at the opening of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, was blunt in her criticism of world leaders, telling them that they are still “not mature enough to tell it like it is.” […]

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Winning Global Youth Contest Videos Star Eco-Solutions

NEW YORK, New York, September 22, 2019 (ENS) – Young people from Portugal, Brazil, and the United States have won the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition by telling inspiring stories of local climate action that can be scaled up and replicated around the world. The winners were announced Saturday at the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Climate Summit in New York. […]


Millions March in Youth-Led Global Climate Strike

NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2019 (ENS) – At least four million people went on climate strike in 140 countries across the world, shattering previous records for turnout numbers, in an all-out effort to demonstrate their alarm at increasing global warming and to convince elected officials and world leaders that swift climate action is needed now. […]


More Women, Children Surviving Perils of Childbirth

NEW YORK, New York, September 19, 2019 (ENS) – Around the world, more women and their children are surviving today than ever before, according to new child and maternal mortality estimates released today by United Nations groups led by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, WHO. […]

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Dems Resist Trump’s ‘Reckless’ LNG Rail Tank Car Plan

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2019 (ENS) – Two Democratic Congressmen have introduced legislation requiring a comprehensive review of the transport of liquified natural gas, LNG, by rail tank car. On April 10, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing his Transportation Secretary to authorize the movement of LNG in rail tank cars within 13 months. […]


Utilities Ask Court to Reinstate Obama’s Clean Power Plan

NEW YORK, New York, September 16, 2019 (ENS) – A coalition of public and private electric utilities have filed a petition in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. […]


U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Deal Could Unravel

WASHINGTON, DC, September 16, 2019 (ENS) – Before Congress took its six-week August recess, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to every U.S. senator and representative urging swift approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, this year. The letter was signed by 600 national, state and local trade groups, but labor and environmental interests have major problems with the deal. […]

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UN Chief: Climate Change Amplified Hurricane Dorian

NASSAU, Bahamas, September 15, 2019 (ENS) – Category 5 Hurricane Dorian was “Category Hell,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he visited the Bahamas, “but it was not powered by a devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense and more frequent, and they are powered by climate change.” […]


Health Care’s Big Global Climate Footprint

LONDON, UK, September 13, 2019 (ENS) – If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, according to a new report by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup, which provides engineering, design, and project management for the built environment. […]


Youth Maps Hopeful Path to Climate Action

NEW YORK, New York, September 10, 2019 (ENS) – Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of the new book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,” arrived in New York on August 28 after two weeks crossing the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral racing sailboat to take part in the UN Secretary General’s annual Climate Action Summit September 23. […]

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California Becomes First State to Outlaw Fur Trapping

SACRAMENTO, California, September 5, 2019 (ENS) – In a victory for wildlife, California has become the first U.S. state to outlaw fur trapping. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday. It prohibits trapping native animals such as bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes, beavers, badgers and mink, on both private and public lands. […]

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Dorian Strongest Storm Ever to Threaten U.S. East Coast

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, September 1, 2019 (ENS) – Florida, South Carolina and Georgia are preparing for powerful Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that is bearing down on the Atlantic coast. Dorian is a slow-moving storm with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 140 miles from its center, heavy rain and the potential for storm surge and flooding. […]