• Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change
  • Musk Opens Tesla Technology to the World
  • Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy
  • World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger
  • Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day
  • Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

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Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, June 16, 2014 (ENS) – “The fate of billions of poor people and the state of the planet depend on the success of our efforts,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders of the Group of 77 and China at their summit meeting Sunday in Santa Cruz.

Musk Opens Tesla Technology to the World

PALO ALTO, California, June 13, 2014 (ENS) – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken down the patents posted at the California headquarters of his luxury electric car company. Instead the innovative CEO wants to allow other electric vehicle manufacturers to use his technology to advance sustainable mobility worldwide.

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, June 12, 2014 (ENS) – The poison ivy itch of summer could become a thing of the past for the millions of people who are allergic to the plant if the findings by Virginia Tech researchers are commercialized.

World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger

NEW YORK, New York, June 9, 2014 (ENS) – Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume. But human pressures, such as overexploitation, illegal fishing, unsustainable aquaculture, pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking their toll.

Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the forefront of the fight against climate change, today hosted this year’s World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world’s small islands at risk of being lost to sea-level rise.

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

DURBAN, South Africa, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – A global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss, was introduced today by the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.

 

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Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change

Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change

  SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, June 16, 2014 (ENS) – “The fate of billions of poor people and the state of the planet depend on the success of our efforts,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders of the Group of 77 and China...

 

Musk Opens Tesla Technology to the World

Musk Opens Tesla Technology to the World

  PALO ALTO, California, June 13, 2014 (ENS) – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken down the patents posted at the California headquarters of his luxury electric car company. Instead the innovative CEO wants to allow other electric vehicle...

 

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

  BLACKSBURG, Virginia, June 12, 2014 (ENS) – The poison ivy itch of summer could become a thing of the past for the millions of people who are allergic to the plant if the findings by Virginia Tech researchers are commercialized. Scientists...

 

World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger

World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger

  NEW YORK, New York, June 9, 2014 (ENS) – Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume. But human pressures,...

 

Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day

Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the forefront of the fight against climate change, today hosted this year’s World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw...

 

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

  DURBAN, South Africa, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – A global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss, was introduced today by the Shark Specialist Group of the...

 

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

  By Ahmad Shah KHOST, Afghanistan, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – At least half the once-thriving fruit and nut orchards in Khost in southeast Afghanistan have been destroyed, and the rest have fallen into disuse through neglect, according...

 

U.S. EPA Cuts Carbon Emissions From Existing Power Plants

U.S. EPA Cuts Carbon Emissions From Existing Power Plants

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to limit emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon...

 

Two Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of Zambian Ranger

Two Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of Zambian Ranger

  LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, June 2, 2014 (ENS) – Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Dexter Chilunda, the head of law enforcement at Liuwa Plain National Park. Chilunda was shot dead by suspected poachers while...

 

Water Clean at Most European Bathing Sites, Worries Remain

Water Clean at Most European Bathing Sites, Worries Remain

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 30, 2014 (ENS) – The water at 95 percent of Europe’s beaches, rivers and lakes was clean enough to protect the health of people using them for bathing in 2013, but bathing water ratings do not consider litter,...

 

Eight U.S. States Unveil Ambitious ZEV Action Plan

Eight U.S. States Unveil Ambitious ZEV Action Plan

  SACRAMENTO, California, May 30, 2014 (ENS) – An alliance of eight U.S. states Thursday announced a plan to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by the year 2025 and establish a fueling infrastructure to support this...

 

Electric Cars Key to India’s Energy and Climate Security

Electric Cars Key to India’s Energy and Climate Security

  BERKELEY, California, May 29, 2014 (ENS) – India could save 4.8 billion barrels of oil and avoid 270 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 if Indian drivers buy electric cars at the rate set by the government targets...

 

CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 28, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in April throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization...

 

AmeriScan: May 27, 2014

AmeriScan: May 27, 2014

  Update: Search for Three Missing in Colorado Mudslide Called Off … EPA Protects Fish from Cooling Water Intakes … Pebble Mine Company Sues EPA for Safeguarding Salmon … Emergency Action Keeps Sperm Whales Out of California...

 

Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures

Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2014 (ENS) – Rising sea levels, relentless floods and rampaging wildfires are destroying landmark historic sites around the United States, warns the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report. The...

 

Zambian Park Ranger in Charge of Law Enforcement Shot Dead

Zambian Park Ranger in Charge of Law Enforcement Shot Dead

  LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 26, 2014 (ENS) – The park ranger in charge of law enforcement at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia was shot to death by suspected poachers Friday while investigating reports of gunshots in the park. Dexter...

 

Court Battle Looms Over Vermont’s GMO Food Labeling Law

Court Battle Looms Over Vermont’s GMO Food Labeling Law

  MONTPELIER, Vermont, May 23, 2014 (ENS) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced by genetic engineering. “I am proud that we’re leading the way in the...

 

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Due to El Nino

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Due to El Nino

  NEW YORK, New York, May 22, 2014 (ENS) – Predicting a “near-normal or below-normal” Atlantic hurricane season this year, national weather officials today emphasized that “it only takes one” hurricane to carve...

 

Obama Creates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Obama Creates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama has proclaimed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region in south central New Mexico to be a National Monument, extending the protective status across more than 775 square miles. Retired...