Land Use

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...

 

Largest U.S. National Forest Faces Roadless Rule Repeal

Largest U.S. National Forest Faces Roadless Rule Repeal

  JUNEAU, Alaska, October 29, 2019 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on its plan to exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The 60-day public comment period opens today. Established...

 

Dam Development Is ‘Silencing’ the Mekong River

Dam Development Is ‘Silencing’ the Mekong River

  BANGKOK, Thailand, October 24, 2019 (ENS) – In five days, the Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in northern Laos will formally begin operations. As the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream, this marks a turning...

 

Total Sued Under France’s New Duty of Vigilance Law

Total Sued Under France’s New Duty of Vigilance Law

  PARIS, France, October 23, 2019 (ENS) – Today six environmental groups in France and Uganda, led by Friends of the Earth, are taking the French multinational energy company Total to court for its failure to elaborate and implement...

 

European Union Acts to Safeguard World’s Forests

European Union Acts to Safeguard World’s Forests

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 23, 2019 (ENS) – The European Commission today set out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world’s forests, which host 80 percent of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of...

 

New World Heritage Status for China’s Birds, Iran’s Ancient Forest

New World Heritage Status for China’s Birds, Iran’s Ancient Forest

  BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 13, 2019 (ENS) – The World Heritage Committee inscribed 29 new natural and cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during this year’s session, which took place in Baku from June 30 to July 10...

 

Court Blocks Controversial Oregon Grazing Permits

Court Blocks Controversial Oregon Grazing Permits

  PORTLAND, Oregon, June 4, 2019 (ENS) – A federal judge in Oregon today granted conservation groups’ motion to block livestock from using public lands allotments near the town of Burns in central Oregon during the month of June. The...

 

NGOs Buy Grazing Rights to Protect Argentina’s Species

NGOs Buy Grazing Rights to Protect Argentina’s Species

  NEW YORK, New York, May 30, 2019 (ENS) – The largest protected area in Argentina’s Patagonian steppe, inhabited by wildlife such as the guanaco, the Andean cat, and Andean condor, has now been further secured by conservation...

 

Oil Palm Loggers Must Stop Cutting Near National Park

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...

 

Canadian Arctic Ice Retreat Exposes Ancient Lands

Canadian Arctic Ice Retreat Exposes Ancient Lands

  BOULDER, Colorado, January 25, 2019 (ENS) – Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that have not been ice-free in more than 40,000 years, and the region is experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years,...

 

Trump Ends Ban on Pesticides, GMOs on Wildlife Refuges

Trump Ends Ban on Pesticides, GMOs on Wildlife Refuges

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2018 (ENS) – The Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reversing a 2014 ban on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified crops that trigger greater pesticide...

 

Chevron Defeated in Ecuador’s Constitutional Court

Chevron Defeated in Ecuador’s Constitutional Court

  QUITO, Ecuador, July 31, 2018 (ENS) – In a benchmark pollution case, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court has rejected Chevron’s final appeal of a $9.5 billion pollution judgment that found the company deliberately dumped billions...

 

Indigenous Peoples Own/Manage a Fourth of Earth’s Land

Indigenous Peoples Own/Manage a Fourth of Earth’s Land

  NEW YORK, New York, July 26, 2018 (ENS) – Indigenous peoples have ownership, use or management rights over at least a quarter of the planet’s land surface, and those lands overlap with 40 percent of all land-based protected...

 

Poll: Mountain West Rejects Trump Public Lands Policies

Poll: Mountain West Rejects Trump Public Lands Policies

  DENVER, Colorado, July 18, 2018 (ENS) – A new poll by the Center for Western Priorities shows the growing influence of the Outdoor Voting Bloc in Mountain West swing states. Candidates who listen to these voters will hear strong...

 

Hawaii First U.S. State to Ban Chlorpyrifos

Hawaii First U.S. State to Ban Chlorpyrifos

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, June 25, 2018 (ENS) – Hawaii is making history. Ten days ago the island state became the first to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxin linked to asthma and seizures that damages brain development in children. Governor...

 

Poland Sidesteps Bialowieza Forest Court Ruling

Poland Sidesteps Bialowieza Forest Court Ruling

  WARSAW, Poland, June 24, 2018 (ENS) – Bialowieza Forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, is a vast extent of primary forest in the watershed of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, covering an area of 141,885 hectares (548 square...

 

Tanzania Opens Pristine Reserve for Logging, Hydropower

Tanzania Opens Pristine Reserve for Logging, Hydropower

  By Adam Cruise DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania, May 16, 2018 (ENS) – Tanzania is proposing large-scale logging in the middle of the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic wildlife areas in Africa. Tender...

 

New Parks: Peru, Ecuador Safeguard Pristine Rainforest

New Parks: Peru, Ecuador Safeguard Pristine Rainforest

  LIMA, Peru, February 22, 2018 (ENS) – Peru and Ecuador each marked the start of the year 2018 by creating national parks to protect undeveloped parts of the Amazon rainforest as yet unspoiled by illegal logging and mining. Peru’s...

 

Cambodian Conservationists Killed Fighting Illegal Loggers

Cambodian Conservationists Killed Fighting Illegal Loggers

  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, February 1, 2018 (ENS) – Three Cambodian forest protectors connected with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society were killed by military officers Tuesday in a wildlife sanctuary while patrolling the...

 
 
 
 

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