Tag Archives: environment

AGAIN: Multiple Wildfires Spreading Across California

The Sacramento Bee reports: An uncontrolled wildfire raced across the Butte County community of Paradise Thursday afternoon, destroying a large swath of downtown and sending residents fleeing on foot past burning homes, businesses and a local church. “The whole town’s on fire,” said Scott Lotter, a town councilman who evacuated with his family. “It’s pretty grim.” By Thursday evening, the …

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Researchers: The Ozone Hole Is Slowly Healing [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientists raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide. As a result, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely …

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Landmark Climate Change Study Warns Planet Has Until 2030 Before Irreversible Consequences Start To Occur

The New York Times reports: A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” The report, issued on Monday …

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EPA To Dissolve Science Advisory Office

The New York Times reports: The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dissolve its Office of the Science Advisor, a senior post that was created to counsel the E.P.A. administrator on the scientific research underpinning health and environmental regulations, according to a person familiar with the agency’s plans. The person spoke anonymously because the decision had not yet been made public. …

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Booed Out Of Event [VIDEO]

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: With the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches, a large crowd of people incensed about the devastating algae bloom that has plagued the region for months directed their anger at Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign event in Venice Monday. …

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Congress Weighs Allowing Supersonic Flights Over US

Roll Call reports: The U.S. has banned domestic commercial supersonic aviation for four decades, but lawmakers could upend those restrictions in the coming weeks even as environmentalists and public health advocates warn that doing so could elevate pollution and climate damage from high speed aircraft. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. A provision in …

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California Wildfire Now Largest In State History [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 283,000 acres and frustrating firefighters as it continues to leap across natural and man-made barriers in Lake County. The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 283,800 acres as of Monday evening, according …

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SCOTLAND: Trump Course Destroyed Protected Dunes

ABC News reports: Documents show that U.S. President Donald Trump’s family business has “destroyed the vast majority” of an environmentally sensitive area of sand dunes near its golf course north of Aberdeen in Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage, which is responsible for the management and monitoring of sites of special scientific interest, has found that construction of the golf course has …

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Feds Seek To Gut 1973 Endangered Species Act

Bloomberg reports: A decades-old environmental law credited with saving the American bald eagle from extinction would be reworked under a proposal the Trump administration announced Thursday. Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, which seeks to prevent plans and animals from becoming extinct, would be changed to make it is easier to remove species from the list of protected ones. The …

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Indiana Has Paid $21M To Clean Up Contamination By Pence Family Gas Stations, Huge Costs Still To Come

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build an empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is …

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NYC Council To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

The New York Daily News reports: Suck on this — plastic drinking straws could be banned in New York. Businesses in the city would be barred from using disposable plastic straws under a bill set to be introduced Wednesday in the City Council. Plastic coffee stirrers would be forbidden, too. Restaurants and take out spots would either have to forgo …

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17 States Sue Over EPA’s Scrapped Car Emission Rules

The Associated Press reports: California and 16 other U.S. states are suing the Trump administration over its plans to scrap standards for how much greenhouse gases vehicles can emit. California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra [photo] announced the lawsuit Tuesday. It takes aim at a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap standards for vehicles manufactured …

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Trump Taps Dow Chemical Lawyer To Head The EPA’s Responses To Toxic Spills And Hazard Waste Incidents

Talking Points Memo reports: The White House announced on Friday President Donald Trump’s chosen nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste: Peter C. Wright, a corporate lawyer from The Dow Chemical Company. Tapped as the EPA’s assistant administrator, Wright would lead the agency’s efforts in responding to toxic spills and cleaning hazard waste sites. From the …

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Satellites Show Warming Is Speeding Sea Rise

The Associated Press reports: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world’s oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday’s …

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NEVADA: Ryan Zinke Attends World’s Largest Gun Show, Declares Public Lands “Belong To The People”

Of course he did: Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke took his professed love for hunting to the world’s largest gun trade show in Las Vegas this week, where he spread the word on the importance of public land access. Speaking on the Josh Tolley radio show from the event Thursday morning, Zinke said he attended the Shooting, Hunting Outdoor Trade …

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Uproar After Florida Is Exempted From Offshore Drilling

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration’s decision to exempt Florida from expanded offshore drilling kicked off a frenzy Wednesday in other coastal states, with governors from both political parties asking: Why not us? “We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline,” South Carolina Gov. Henry …

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Trump Moves To Vastly Expand Offshore Drilling

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in …

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Trump Administration Proposes Rolling Back Offshore Drilling Rules Imposed After 2010 Gulf Disaster

MarketWatch reports: Regulators in the Trump administration are proposing to roll back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a revision that would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production and return more responsibility to private companies. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, estimates its …

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Outdoor Retailer To Sue Over Shrinking Monuments

Ad Age reports: Outdoor retailer Patagonia has been vocal about its efforts to keep protected federal land protected. That effort reached a new level on Monday following President Trump’s announcement that his administration will shrink the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent. In response, Ventura, California-based Patagonia says it plans to sue the Trump …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speaks In Salt Lake City About His Massive Reductions In Federally Protected Lands

USA Today reports: President Trump departed for Utah on Monday to announce what could be the largest rollback of federally protected lands in history. Trump’s decision on the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments would mark an unprecedented use of presidential power to shrink the national monument designations made by two of his predecessors. Secretary of the Interior Ryan …

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