• Wood Pulp Waste Converted to Stable, Blendable Biocrude
  • Maersk Slammed for Sidestepping EU Ship Recycling Law
  • Hundreds of Cities Commit to Emissions Limits
  • Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law
  • Land Use Challenges Taiwan’s First Female President
  • UNEP-INTERPOL Report: Environmental Crime on the Rise
  • World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

Wood Pulp Waste Converted to Stable, Blendable Biocrude

SYDNEY, Australia, June 22, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists with the Australian start-up Licella have devised a way to use biomass waste from the papermaking process to make a new petroleum substitute – biocrude oil – that has attracted the interest of Canadian pulp and paper producer Can

Maersk Slammed for Sidestepping EU Ship Recycling Law

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2016 (ENS) – Indian and international environmental groups are taking Danish container ship giant Maersk to task for considering flagging its end-of-life vessels out of Danish or any other European registry to circumvent the European Ship Recycling Regulation and break the ships in India.

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Emissions Limits

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2016 (ENS) – Cities today host more than half of the Earth’s human beings and account for about 70 percent of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Now, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action, setting greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets.

Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law

WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2016 (ENS) – By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that updates federal chemical safety protections for the first time in four decades. The measure gives the EPA new power to require safety assessments of chemicals found in ordinary products from toys and clothing to household cleansers.

Land Use Challenges Taiwan’s First Female President

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 6, 2016 (ENS) – Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, has pledged to develop a program that will integrate national land-use planning, regional development and environmental sustainability. But civic groups are concerned about her lack of strong commitment and lack of detail about the policy.

UNEP-INTERPOL Report: Environmental Crime on the Rise

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – “More than one quarter of the world’s elephant population has been killed in a decade,” according to the International Police, INTERPOL, and the UN Environment Programme in a new report that emphasizes the financial machinations behind environmental crimes such as poaching.

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

NEW YORK, New York, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – The first international accord to end illegal fishing went into effect today in celebration of World Environment Day. The pact is now legally binding for the 29 countries and the European Union that have signed on to it, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

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Wood Pulp Waste Converted to Stable, Blendable Biocrude

Wood Pulp Waste Converted to Stable, Blendable Biocrude

  SYDNEY, Australia, June 22, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists with the Australian start-up Licella have devised a way to use biomass waste from the papermaking process to make a new petroleum substitute – biocrude oil – that has...

 

Maersk Slammed for Sidestepping EU Ship Recycling Law

Maersk Slammed for Sidestepping EU Ship Recycling Law

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2016 (ENS) – Indian and international environmental groups are taking Danish container ship giant Maersk to task for its statement that the company is considering flagging its end-of-life vessels out of Danish...

 

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Emissions Limits

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Emissions Limits

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2016 (ENS) – Cities today host more than half of the Earth’s human beings and account for about 70 percent of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Now, 228 cities around the world...

 

Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law

Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2016 (ENS) – By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would update federal chemical safety protections for the first time in four decades. The measure gives the Environmental Protection...

 

Land Use Challenges Taiwan’s First Female President

Land Use Challenges Taiwan’s First Female President

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 6, 2016 (ENS) – Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, has pledged to develop a program that will integrate national land-use planning, regional development and environmental sustainability....

 

UNEP-INTERPOL Report: Environmental Crime on the Rise

UNEP-INTERPOL Report: Environmental Crime on the Rise

  NAIROBI, Kenya, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – “More than one quarter of the world’s elephant population has been killed in a decade,” according to the International Police, INTERPOL, and the United Nations Environment Programme,...

 

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

  NEW YORK, New York, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – The first international accord to end illegal fishing went into effect today in celebration of World Environment Day. The pact is now legally binding for the 29 countries and the European...

 

Canada, U.S. Warn of Eight Chemicals in Great Lakes

Canada, U.S. Warn of Eight Chemicals in Great Lakes

  OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2016 – Canada and the United States have identified eight substances in the water of the Great Lakes as chemicals of mutual concern under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These...

 

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, May 31, 2016 (ENS) – One-third of the corals in the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef are bleached out and dying due to climate change, according to Australian researchers. The...

 

World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

  PARIS, France, May 26, 2016 (ENS) – Climate change is quickly becoming one of the most challenging risks for World Heritage sites and the tourists who want to visit them, finds the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing...

 

Chinese Oil Search Shuts Ecolodge at Amazon Headwaters

Chinese Oil Search Shuts Ecolodge at Amazon Headwaters

  QUITO, Ecuador, May 25, 2016 (ENS) – Seismic explorations planned by Chinese oil company Sinopec at the headwaters of the Amazon in the remote jungles of Ecuador have led the Ecuadorian eco-tourism company, Tropic, to close the...

 

Stars Back New UN Effort to End Illegal Wildlife Trade

Stars Back New UN Effort to End Illegal Wildlife Trade

  NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25, 2016 (ENS) – The United Nations, backed by celebrities from throughout the world, today launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife. This killing is pushing species to the brink...

 

Transport Emissions Must Peak Soon to Hit Paris Targets

Transport Emissions Must Peak Soon to Hit Paris Targets

  BONN, Germany, May 19, 2016 (ENS) – International shipping and aviation will have to cap their greenhouse gas emissions soon for the world to meet the ambitious goals in the Paris Climate Agreement, participants at a side event...

 

Raging Alberta Wildfires Block Oil Sands Production

Raging Alberta Wildfires Block Oil Sands Production

  EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, May 17, 2016 (ENS) – Five new wildfires started in northern Alberta over the past 24 hours, and now a total of 17 wildfires are burning, with four blazing out of control. Fire conditions remain extreme...

 

Texas Pipeline Indicted for California Beach Oil Spill

Texas Pipeline Indicted for California Beach Oil Spill

  SANTA BARBARA, California, May 17, 2016 (ENS) – Plains All-American Pipeline has been indicted by a grand jury on 46 criminal charges related to a May 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County. A Plains All-American Pipeline employee...

 

Poaching of Elephant Matriarchs Destroys Rainforests

Poaching of Elephant Matriarchs Destroys Rainforests

  NEW YORK, New York, May 13, 2016 (ENS) – The ongoing poaching of the oldest and wisest female forest elephants could cause cascading harmful effects on the integrity of entire rainforest ecosystems, new research shows. These “ecosystem...

 

Poorest Cities Have the Most Polluted Air

Poorest Cities Have the Most Polluted Air

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 12, 2016 (ENS) – Only cleaner transport, more efficient energy production and improved waste management can move the world’s poorest cities to reduce their air pollution – currently up to 10...

 

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked to Higher Autism Risk

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked to Higher Autism Risk

  BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 6, 2016 (ENS) – The use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays among children, finds new research presented at the Pediatric...

 

Governments, Firms, Grassroots All Act for Climate Health

Governments, Firms, Grassroots All Act for Climate Health

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2016 (ENS) – The historic Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations on April 22 has given rise to this week’s Climate Action 2016 Summit, where global leaders from government, business...

 

Changing Faces at the United Nations

Changing Faces at the United Nations

  NEW YORK, New York, May 4, 2016 (ENS) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as the new executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme,...

 
 
 
 

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