Land Use

Haaland Confirmed as First Indigenous Secretary of the Interior

Haaland Confirmed as First Indigenous Secretary of the Interior

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2021 (ENS) – History was made today as the U.S. Senate voted 51-40 to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee Congresswoman Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. After she is sworn in, Haaland...

 

Changing Climate Top Threat to Natural World Heritage

Changing Climate Top Threat to Natural World Heritage

  GLAND, Switzerland, February 17, 2021 (ENS) – Climate change is now the biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites with their incomparable landscapes, rare ecological processes, critical habitat and exceptional biodiversity,...

 

Biden Lifts Emergency on U.S.-Mexico Border, Stops Wall

Biden Lifts Emergency on U.S.-Mexico Border, Stops Wall

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2021 (ENS) – A national emergency no longer exists at the U.S. southern border with Mexico; it has been terminated after nearly two years. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation that...

 

Paradise Closing: Oil Drilling Begins in Okavango Delta

Paradise Closing: Oil Drilling Begins in Okavango Delta

  WINDHOEK, Namibia, February 1, 2021 (ENS) – The fate of one of Africa’s most valuable ecosystems will depend on results from wells being drilled deep into the bedrock beneath the Kalahari Desert of northern Namibia and Botswana...

 

Trump Auctions Off Arctic Refuge Land to Oil Companies

Trump Auctions Off Arctic Refuge Land to Oil Companies

  ANCHORAGE, Alaska, January 14, 2020 (ENS) – The Trump administration has begun to auction off roughly one-third of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. It is no coincidence that this lease sale was announced...

 

World’s Best Wild Salmon Run Protected From Huge Mine

World’s Best Wild Salmon Run Protected From Huge Mine

  ANCHORAGE, Alaska, November 29, 2020 (ENS) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to the proposed Pebble Mine, a giant copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska that would threaten the world’s largest, most valuable...

 

Trump Opens Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to Logging

Trump Opens Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to Logging

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 28, 2020 (ENS) – President Donald Trump’s administration has finalized plans to reverse roadless protections for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska that have been in place for nearly 20 years. On...

 

Trump Again Assaults Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Trump Again Assaults Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

  JUNEAU, Alaska, September 14, 2020 (ENS) – The Trump administration has announced plans for another timber sale that would destroy more than 5,100 acres of critical old-growth habitat in the Tongass National Forest in southeast...

 

Trump Opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas

Trump Opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 17, 2020 (ENS) – The Trump administration completed plans Monday to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, a move that will permit natural resource exploitation in the core of one...

 

Trump Sued to Stop Assault on Bedrock Environmental Law

Trump Sued to Stop Assault on Bedrock Environmental Law

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 29, 2020 (ENS) – A nationwide coalition of more than 20 nonprofit organizations from the environmental justice, outdoor recreation, and conservation communities filed a lawsuit today challenging the...

 

Lawsuit Tests Trump’s Grab of $7.2B for Border Wall

Lawsuit Tests Trump’s Grab of $7.2B for Border Wall

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 12, 2020 (ENS) – Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration for taking $7.2 billion from the Department of Defense for border wall construction from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande Valley without...

 

Montana Court Vacates 278 BLM Oil and Gas Leases

Montana Court Vacates 278 BLM Oil and Gas Leases

  GREAT FALLS, Montana, May 5, 2020 (ENS) – Montana landowners, farmers, and conservation groups have won a victory in their effort to protect local groundwater and the climate. A federal judge has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management,...

 

Palm Oil Industry Funds Radar to Detect Deforestation

Palm Oil Industry Funds Radar to Detect Deforestation

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2020 (ENS) – Ten of the world’s largest palm oil producers and buyers are collaborating to support and fund the development of a new, publicly-available, radar-based forest monitoring system known as...

 

Trump Erodes Eco-Protections as Americans Die of Virus

Trump Erodes Eco-Protections as Americans Die of Virus

  DENVER, Colorado, April 7, 2020 (ENS) – As America fought the new coronavirus over the past 30 days, President Donald Trump’s Interior Department rushed through dozens of attacks on the environment, finds a new analysis by the...

 

Amazon’s 2019 Burned Area Trends Parallel Past 18 Years

Amazon’s 2019 Burned Area Trends Parallel Past 18 Years

  ALCALA de HENARES, Spain, March 6, 2020 (ENS) – Thousands of fires broke out in the Amazon last year, sparking international media alarm. But a detailed analysis, using data from the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative,...

 

Unprecedented Locust Swarms Invade East Africa

Unprecedented Locust Swarms Invade East Africa

  ROME, Italy, March 4, 2020 (ENS) – The East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, top United Nations relief officials are warning, urgently advising...

 

EU Invests €100 million in a Climate-neutral Europe

EU Invests €100 million in a Climate-neutral Europe

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 19, 2020 (ENS) – The European Commission will invest €101 million for new projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment...

 

Canada Gas Pipeline Protests Yield Rail Shutdown, Arrests

Canada Gas Pipeline Protests Yield Rail Shutdown, Arrests

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, February 14, 2020 (ENS) – Forty indigenous land and water protectors and non-indigenous activists were arrested in British Columbia and across Canada on Monday, while they were protesting a multibillion-dollar...

 

Australia’s Victoria State Protects Old-Growth Forests

Australia’s Victoria State Protects Old-Growth Forests

  MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia, November 18, 2019 (ENS) – Logging in the remaining old-growth forests of the Australian state of Victoria will cease immediately, protecting around 90,000 hectares, with logging in all native forests...

 

Fixation on Nitrogen

Fixation on Nitrogen

  PRINCETON, New Jersey, November 11, 2019 (ENS) – Scientists at three North American universities have discovered one of nature’s “backup methods” for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients. Research published...

 
 
 
 

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