Late-Breaking Environmental News From Around the World

18/07/2018 05:53 AM
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. These voters oppose opening more public lands for energy development, rolling back regulations on drilling and mining, and reducing the size of national monuments.

17/07/2018 10:01 AM
Sustainable Styles Sparkle at UN High Level Forum
NEW YORK, New York, July 17, 2018 (ENS) - New York City is a magnet for America's fashion designers, but fashion hasn't been a feature in the sober halls of United Nations headquarters. That changed this week as the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held its annual meeting there.

15/07/2018 04:57 PM
Amur Leopards Could Go Extinct as Numbers Dwindle
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, July 15, 2018 (ENS) - Only 84 Critically Endangered Amur leopards, Panthera pardus orientalis, remain in the wild along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China, according to the latest scientific estimate.

14/07/2018 10:43 AM
Iceberg Four Miles Wide Splits Off Greenland Glacier
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 14, 2018 (ENS) - An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) wide has broken off a glacier on Greenland's east coast. It happened in late June while American scientists were there and were able to record the event on video.

10/07/2018 12:27 PM
Sustainable Development: a Path to Happiness
NEW YORK, New York, July 10, 2018 (ENS) - "It is literally the truth, that sustainable development is the path to happiness," Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, told the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that opened on Monday at UN Headquarters.

05/07/2018 03:20 PM
Pruitt Can’t Do It: Under Attack, EPA Head Resigns
WASHINGTON, DC, July 5, 2018 (ENS) - Scott Pruitt resigned as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today in the face of a long list of scandals involving disregard of science, overspending, and abuse of power to enrich himself and his family.

05/07/2018 06:24 AM
The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC
NEW DELHI, India, July 5, 2018 (ENS) - When reports emerged that India and China are in talks about forming an oil buyers' club, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, was too busy with its upcoming June 22 meeting to concern itself with that dangerous alliance. Now, it may be time for OPEC to start worrying.

03/07/2018 12:35 PM
Nuclear Fusion Reactor in France 55 Percent Complete
SAINT PAUL-LEZ-DURANCE, France, July 3, 2018 (ENS) - There may be lingering disagreements among China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States, but there is one complex project these seven entities have in common that is on track for success - the world's largest nuclear fusion facility.

02/07/2018 07:12 AM
Court: Pruitt Must Produce Climate Decision Evidence
WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2018 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to delay a court order that requires the agency produce the scientific information Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a "primary contributor" to climate change.

29/06/2018 06:53 AM
Kilauea Volcanic Eruption Sends Smelly SO2 Skyward
PAHOA, Hawaii, June 29, 2018 (ENS) - Noxious sulfur dioxide (SO2) fumes from Kilauea volcano’s summit have dropped to half the levels before the eruption activities began on May 3, according to a new report from the Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Still, volcanic gas emissions remain high along the East Rift Zone.

28/06/2018 07:02 PM
World’s Second Largest Reef Out of Danger
MANAMA, Bahrain, June 27, 2018 (ENS) - Conservationists around the world are celebrating the announcement by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee Tuesday that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System - the world’s second largest coral reef system after the Great Barrier Reef - is officially off the List of World Heritage in Danger.

25/06/2018 09:16 AM
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.

24/06/2018 02:05 PM
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 watersheds of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, covering an area of 141,885 hectares (548 square miles). Northeastern Europe was once covered by just such ancient woodlands.

15/06/2018 06:10 AM
EPA to Implement Pesticide Safeguards After States Sue
WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2018 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that the agency will provide newly expanded pesticide safety training materials to agricultural workers - but it took a lawsuit brought by three states to activate these materials.

11/06/2018 11:50 AM
WHO: Eliminate Trans-fatty Acids in Global Food Supply
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2018 (ENS) - The World Health Organization intends to guide the world toward the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

11/06/2018 10:56 AM
Trump Won’t Endorse Environmentally Strong G7 Communique
CHARLEVOIX, Quebec, Canada, June 11, 2018 (ENS) - U.S. President Donald Trump attended this year's Group of Seven, G7, summit in Charlevoix June 8-9, but after clashing with the other G7 leaders over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, Trump left the G7 meeting in a huff.

10/06/2018 06:10 PM
Zambia Authorizes Killing Thousands of Hippos
LUSAKA, Zambia, June 10, 2018 (ENS) - In a move that the Zambian government had tried to keep secret, fee-paying trophy hunters will be allowed to kill up to 2,000 hippos over the next five years. This new policy is no longer a secret; it has been confirmed in a statement by Zambia’s Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda.

07/06/2018 08:05 AM
Industry Supports Puerto Rico’s Slow Recovery
JUNO BEACH, Florida, June 7, 2018 (ENS) - The Edison Electric Institute, which represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, has presented Florida Power & Light Company with its 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for Puerto Rico Power Restoration.

07/06/2018 05:24 AM
Novel 4D Scanning Predicts Volcanic Activity
MANCHESTER, UK, June 7, 2018 (ENS) - British scientists are using the latest in 4D technology to predict the behavior of lava flows and what that means for volcanic eruptions. The findings explain why some lava flows move slowly yet others can cover kilometers in just a few hours.

05/06/2018 11:17 AM
World Environment Day: Planet ‘Swamped’ With Plastic
NEW DELHI, India, June 5, 2018 (ENS) - World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 each year since the United Nations established it in 1974, is not Earth Day, which started as a grassroots movement and environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970, but this year both special days have the same theme - eliminating plastic pollution.