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Energy

Earth Hour Evolves Into the Biggest Hour for Earth

SINGAPORE, March 21, 2024 (ENS) – Across the world, people by the millions will be turning off their lights – going dark for one hour on Saturday, March 23, starting at 8:30 in the evening local time – to give the planet a rest. It’s Earth Hour, a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, that has attracted more participants year by year since the first Earth Hour in March 2007. […]

Rogun Dam construction
Latest News

River Protectors Warn Banks as to Central Asia’s Biggest Dam

OAKLAND, California, March 15, 2024 (ENS) – Monday was the 27th International Day of Action for Rivers, a day when all across the world rivers were cleaned, dams were protested, webinars and classes were taught, adventures were had, and ecosystems were protected by people across six continents with at least one thing in common – a shared love for the world’s rivers. […]

slow food feast
Food

Slow Food Movement Grows Where Women’s Rights Are Strong

BRA, Italy, March 8, 2024 (ENS) – “Inspire Inclusion” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. Celebrated annually on March 8, which this year falls on Friday, organizers are exploring the connection between nutritious, healthy food and the work of women in the growing, harvesting, cooking, and serving of that food. […]

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Gov/Politics

Biden’s State of the Union Climate Points Short But Crucial

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2024 (ENS) – President Joe Biden entered the House of Representatives Thursday night to deliver the final State of the Union address for this term with a brilliant smile and a long list of accomplishments to promote. The environment was barely there, mentioned just twice, but Biden’s two comments were strong. […]

Rafael Mezzenga
Latest News

Modern Alchemist Profitably Extracts Gold From E-Waste

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 6, 2024 (ENS) – Transforming base materials into gold was one of the unachieved aims of ancient alchemists. But now Professor Raffaele Mezzenga from the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the research university ETH Zurich has discovered how to recover gold from the base materials in discarded electronics using a byproduct of cheesemaking. […]

UK ship Rubymar
At Risk

UK Ship Sunk By Houthis Leaking Oil, Could Spill Fertilizer

ADEN, Yemen, March 2, 2024 (ENS) – The UK-owned cargo ship Rubymar, attacked by Houthi militants in mid-February, finally sank in the Red Sea Friday night off the coast of Yemen in rough, stormy seas. The internationally recognized government of this small, war-wracked country warned Saturday that an “environmental catastrophe” could result if the ship’s cargo of fertilizer is lost into the sea. […]

UN Environment Assembly
Air/Climate

UN Leader: ‘Our Climate is Imploding, Humanity Is to Blame’

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 1, 2024 (ENS) – On the final day of the sixth session of the UN Environment Assembly, UNEA-6, there was a supercharged mood on the UNEP campus, only hours after delegates left the venue feeling deflated after work on draft resolutions was not finalized as scheduled earlier in the week. […]

oily beach Tobago
At Risk

Tobago Oil Spill Spreads Across Southeastern Caribbean Sea

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, February 16, 2024 (ENS) – At least two vessels were involved in an incident that is spilling gobs of black crude oil across a widening area of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of South America. Emanating from a capsized barge off Tobago’s southwest coast, the oil has fouled some of the pristine beaches that attract so many tourists to the tropical island, the country’s Coast Guard has confirmed. […]

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Health

First Drug to Treat Severe Frostbite Approved in U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2024 (ENS) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug – an injection to treat severe frostbite in adults that reduces the risk of finger or toe, nose or ear amputation. The iloprost injection, marketed under the brand name Aurlumyn, is a vasodilator, a drug that opens blood vessels and prevents blood clotting. […]

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Latest News

Inaugural World Lidar Day Honors Remote Sensing Technology

DENVER, Colorado, February 14, 2024 (ENS) – It’s Geo Week in Denver, where one of the world’s largest geospatial conferences is underway. As part of the gathering, on February 12, a group of Lidar enthusiasts celebrated the first World Lidar Day, marking this date as an annual celebration of the expanding world enabled by Light Detection and Ranging, LIDAR. […]

capsized ship Tobago
At Risk

Capsized Ship Spills Oil Onto Tobago’s Secluded Beaches

SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, February 12, 2024 (ENS) – An abandoned vessel that capsized just 200 meters (656 feet) from the coast of Tobago’s new Cove Eco-Industrial Park has been leaking oil for days, and now some 10 kilometers (six miles) of the Caribbean island’s coastline is fouled with the oily mess. […]

GEF Council
Business

Global Environment Fund Gives $1B+ to Help Climate, Species

WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2024 (ENS) – The Global Environment Facility’s 186 member governments have agreed to invest $1.1 billion for international action on biodiversity, climate change, nature renewal, and pollution control, during the GEF’s first meeting as the Council of the new Global Biodiversity Framework Fund, GBFF. […]

rhino research
Latest News

Success and Tragedy Mark First Rhino Embryo Implant

BERLIN, Germany, February 8, 2024 (ENS) – For the first time, a rhinoceros has successfully become pregnant following embryo transfer. Although the surrogate mother rhino died before she could give birth to the transferred calf, scientists say the successful embryo implantation paves the way for use of the same method to save the entire northern white rhino subspecies from extinction. […]

Daimler hydrogen fuel cell truck
Latest News

European Union to Phase Out Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 18, 2024 (ENS) – European lawmakers today agreed on emission targets for the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from heavy-duty vehicles that will phase out almost all sales of new diesel trucks by 2040. After passenger cars, heavy-duty vehicles are the second biggest transport polluter in Europe. […]

Swinton Alabama solar farm
Latest News

Stormwater Violations by Solar Farm Builder Draw Big Fines

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 17, 2024 (ENS) – Swinerton Builders, a California-based builder of utility-scale solar farms nationwide, has agreed to pay a hefty $2.3 million penalty to settle allegations that through inadequate management of stormwater the company violated the federal Clean Water Act … […]

flooding DRC
At Risk

Flooding Congo River Overwhelms Countries on Both Banks

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 12, 2024 (ENS) – After two months of heavy rain, the waters of the Congo River have risen higher than anyone has seen them in more than 60 years. The flooding rains have claimed more than 300 lives and disrupted 300,000+ households in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 17 lives in the Republic of the Congo, authorities on both sides of the river said. […]