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Military Experts Enlisted to Dispose of Ozone-Damaging Chemicals

Military Experts Enlisted to Dispose of Ozone-Damaging Chemicals

DOHA, Qatar, November 20, 2008 (ENS) – Military experts from Australia, the Netherlands and the United States will help save the ozone layer and fight global warming under a unique partnership between the United Nations, national governments and the armed services. Spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, the…

One Million Tons of North Sea Fish Discarded Every Year

One Million Tons of North Sea Fish Discarded Every Year

FRANKFURT, Germany, November 5, 2008 (ENS) – At least a million metric tonnes of fish and other sea animals caught in the North Sea are tossed overboard every year, according to a new report from WWF-Germany, the German chapter of the global conservation organization. The discards amount to about one-third of the entire North Sea…

Four African Countries to Sell Ivory, China Permitted to Buy

Four African Countries to Sell Ivory, China Permitted to Buy

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 15, 2008 (ENS) – Four southern African countries have been approved to sell a total of 108 metric tonnes of government owned elephant ivory as a one-time exception to the international moratorium on ivory sales that has been in place since 1989 to protect these endangered animals from poachers. The decision was…

Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

LONDON, UK, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change emissions by the airline industry, airport noise, and local air pollution are all trending sharply upwards, according to a suppressed report based on information contained in U.S., European and UK government databases maintained by regulatory agencies. The technical report was submitted to the 7th US/Europe Air…

WWF: Illegal Fishing Strips Oceans of Cod, Pollack

WWF: Illegal Fishing Strips Oceans of Cod, Pollack

GLAND, Switzerland, April 16, 2008 (ENS) – Illegal fishing for Atlantic cod and Alaska pollock in the Arctic threatens the health of these fisheries and their resilience to climate change, but it is so profitable that it is pervasive across the region, according to a new report by the global conservation organization WWF. According to…

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

BEIJING, China, March 8, 2008 (ENS) – Two coal producing nations – Australia and China – signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing. The agreement, between the Australian government research organization CSIRO and China’s Thermal Power Research Institute, TPRI, will see TPRI install, commission and operate a…