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America's Climate Choices: The Process and The Summit

Article: America's Climate Choices: The Process and The Summit

WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2009 (ENS) – After years of being governed by climate skeptics and deniers, America is plunging into the process of choosing how to deal with the undeniable fact of global warming. At the request of Congress, a two-day summit on America’s Climate Choices will be convened by the National Academy of…

Genetically Unique Plants Matter Most in Current Mass Extinction

Article: Genetically Unique Plants Matter Most in Current Mass Extinction

SANTA BARBARA, California, October 21, 2008 (ENS) – The sixth mass extinction of both plants and animals is underway, scientists say, warning that nearly 50 percent of all species could disappear within the lifetimes of people now living on Earth. Some species are more critical than others in preserving the functions of ecosystems and scientists…

EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

Article: EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to conduct a detailed study of the disposal methods used by hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices and veterinary hospitals that wish to discard unused pharmaceuticals. The EPA is seeking more information on the practices of the health care industry to inform…

Avoiding Deforestation to Limit Climate Change 'Cheap and Practical'

Article: Avoiding Deforestation to Limit Climate Change 'Cheap and Practical'

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23, 2008 (ENS) – Wealthy nations could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally by paying landowners in developing nations not to clear forested land for agriculture, finds a new study by a research team from Austria, Brazil and the United States. The research attaches estimated dollar amounts to each metric ton of…