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UN Climate Summit Opens With US$400M for Loss and Damage Fund

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, November 30, 2023 (ENS) – “This year’s climate conference comes as the crisis enters a new phase – and shows its full force, harming billions of people, and costing trillions,” UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell declared in a video message to the world Wednesday on the eve of the UN climate summit COP28. He detailed progress and setbacks in the year since COP27 in Egypt, and set out expectations for COP28, which opened today and runs through December 12 in the gleaming, high-rise city of Dubai. […]

U.S.-Mexico border wall
Gov/Politics

Biden Waives Vital Environmental Laws to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON, DC, October 6, 2023 (ENS) – On his Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, one of the first things Joe Biden did as President was to deliver a Proclamation lifting his predecessor’s 2019 declaration of an emergency at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, used to justify building a border wall. […]

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Air/Climate

UN Chief Excludes World’s Top Polluters from Climate Summit

NEW YORK, New York, September 22, 2023 (ENS) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres aimed a message at the world’s largest polluters Wednesday when he excluded them from his Climate Ambition Summit that took place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. His message – you are not taking the climate threat seriously enough. […]

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Biden Admin Invests $100 Million in Recycling Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC, September 14, 2023 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is receiving more than $100 million from President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda to expand recycling infrastructure and waste management systems across the country. These funds will be EPA’s largest recycling investment in 30 years. […]

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Gov/Politics

Hurricane Politics: Biden Funds Florida Aid Despite Rude DeSantis

LIVE OAK, Florida, September 2, 2023 (ENS) – President Joe Biden saw from the sky Hurricane Idalia’s impact across a swath of Florida before he set out on a walking tour of a city recovering from the storm Saturday. Absent was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate who declined to join Biden after he said that the Democratic president’s presence could hinder disaster response efforts. […]

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Business

U.S. Stock Market Regulators Embroiled in Climate Debate

WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2023 (ENS) – Actions long urged by environmental activists and scientific institutions alike to require corporate disclosures of carbon emissions and limits to those emissions are now, at long last, being taken. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would require publicly-traded companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions. […]

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New Monument Protects Sacred Native Lands Near Grand Canyon

TUSAYAN, Arizona, August 10, 2023, (ENS) – President Joe Biden has established a new national monument to protect three areas close to Grand Canyon National Park that the President said, “have been profoundly sacred to Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples of the Southwest since time immemorial…” […]

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Air/Climate

Biden Funds Cooling as Warming Climate Generates Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON, DC, July 27, 2023 (ENS) – “The existential threat of climate change,” as President Joe Biden called it, was the most urgent issue for the President at the White House and the mayors of two heat-stricken cities Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas in their own offices, as they held a video call today. […]

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U.S. EPA Toughens Lead Paint Standards to Protect Children

WASHINGTON, DC, July 13, 2023 (ENS) – To better safeguard children and communities from the harmful effects of exposure to dust generated by lead paint, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to strengthen requirements for the removal of lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 buildings and child care facilities. […]

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Biden Restores Some of the Species Protections Axed by Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2023 (ENS) – As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service are proposing to restore protections for species, strengthen consultation and listing processes, and reaffirm the central role science plays in decisions that guide the protection and recovery of endangered and threatened wildlife. […]

Business

World Bank: Global Economy Risky Amid High Interest Rates

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2023 (ENS) – Global economic growth has slowed, and the risk of financial stress in emerging market and developing economies, known as EMDEs, is intensifying, hemmed in by high global interest rates, according to the World Bank’s latest “Global Economic Prospects” report, issued Tuesday. […]

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Western Tribes Funded for Clean Water, Power, Dam Safety

SUPAI, Arizona, May 23, 2023 (ENS) – Tribal communities in five Western states: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Washington, will receive millions from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced this week during a visit to tribes in her home state of Arizona. […]

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U.S. Ends Private Ownership and Breeding of Big Cats

WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2023 (ENS) – Somewhere in the United States an estimated 20,000 big cats are kept in private ownership, often purchased as cubs or bred for photo opportunities. according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USFWS. When they grow past the cute cub stage, they are sold into the exotic pet trade or the illegal market or abandoned to already financially strained sanctuaries. […]

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Biden Again Strengthens Vehicle Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2023 (ENS) – The benefits of the “most ambitious pollution standards ever,” will top costs by US$1 trillion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promised Tuesday, announcing new, stricter vehicle pollution standards to make all cars and trucks on U.S. roads cleaner and more efficient. […]

Texas national monument
Land Use/Forests

Biden Guards ‘Breathtaking’ Lands as Nevada, Texas Monuments

WASHINGTON, DC, March 26, 2023 (ENS) – At the White House Conservation in Action Summit Tuesday, President Joe Biden established two new national monuments, one in Nevada and one in Texas, protecting over half a million acres of public lands in honor of both Tribal Nations and military veterans. […]