Tag Archives: environment

Trump Admin Finalizes Repeal Of Clean Water Rules

The Washington Post reports: Weakening the Obama-era water rule had been a central campaign pledge for Mr. Trump, who characterized it as a federal land-grab that impinged on the rights of farmers, rural landowners and real estate developers to use their property as they see fit. Environmentalists say Mr. Trump’s push to loosen rules on clean water regulations represents an …

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Trump Rolls Back Rules On Light Bulbs To Spite Obama

Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era rules that expanded energy-use requirements to some of the most commonly used light bulbs. The Energy Department made public a final rule Wednesday that withdrew a requirement that light bulbs commonly used in recessed lighting, track lighting, bathroom vanities and decorative fixtures meet the same energy efficiency standards that effectively phased …

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Groups Sue EPA Over Approval Of Bee-Killing Pesticide

Bloomberg Environment reports: A pair of environmental groups are challenging the Trump administration’s decision to approve use of a bee-killing pesticide on more than 190 million acres of crops. The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 20, over the Environmental Protection Agency’s …

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ALASKA: EPA Approves Mining Project In Wild Salmon Fisheries After Trump Meets With Republican Governor

CNN reports: The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, CNN has learned. The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Spain Fines Man $50K, Forces Him To Retrieve Fridge He Tossed Off Cliff As “Recycling Joke”

The Guardian reports: Authorities in Spain have ordered a man to pay a hefty fine after he was caught throwing a refrigerator off a cliff for a joke about recycling. In footage shared by the Asociación Unificada de Guardias Civiles, or the Unified Association of Civil Guards Spain, last week that has been going viral online, the man could be …

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Holiday Inn Parent To Drop Mini Shampoo Bottles

The Associated Press reports: The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage. The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels says Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities as part of an …

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BRAZIL: Amazonian Rain Forest Loss Accelerates After Bolsonaro Allows Exploitation By Logging And Mining

The New York Times reports: While campaigning for president last year, Mr. Bolsonaro declared that Brazil’s vast protected lands were an obstacle to economic growth and promised to open them up to commercial exploitation. Seven months into his term, that is already happening. Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover since Mr. …

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Trump Administration Drops Survey On Declining Bee Populations After FDA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide

Common Dreams reports: On the heels of the EPA’s June approval of a bee-killing pesticide, the White House said it would stop collecting data on declining honey bee populations—potentially making it impossible to analyze the effects of the chemical and the administration’s other anti-science policies on the pollinators. The USDA cited budget cuts when it said Saturday that it would …

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Conservationist Groups Sue Feds To Protect Bison

Courthouse News reports: Warning the bison that once roamed the continental U.S. in the millions are at risk of extinction, three conservation organizations brought a federal complaint Wednesday requesting the animal be listed as a threatened or endangered species. Buffalo Field Campaign, Friends of Animals and Western Watershed Project filed the claim against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) …

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US Among Few Holdouts On UN Plastic Waste Pledge

The Associated Press reports: Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and …

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GRIM STUDY: One Million Species Face Extinction

NBC News reports: A sweeping report assessing the state of the natural world found that humans are having an “unprecedented” and devastating effect on global biodiversity, with about 1 million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction. A summary of the report’s findings was released Monday by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which was established …

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MAINE: First State To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers

Vox reports: Maine just became the first state to ban Styrofoam food containers. The bill, which was signed into law today and goes into effect in January 2021, prohibits convenience stores, restaurants, grocery stores, farm stands, and coffee shops from using containers made of polystyrene, which is more commonly referred to as Styrofoam. “Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot …

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De Blasio Vows To Ban New “Classic Glass And Steel” Skyscrapers As Part Of NYC’s Climate Change Effort

Gothamist reports: New York City will get its own Green New Deal, Mayor and rumored 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, in honor of Earth Day. With the city’s wildly inefficient waterfront glass and steel skyscrapers as a backdrop, de Blasio outlined what his office calls “a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts,” …

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Earth Day Proclamation: Trump Boasts About Economy And Job Growth, Ignores The Perils Of Climate Change

Just in from the White House: Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment. On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations. From the Appalachian Mountains to the golden shores of California, America is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth. As …

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Shell Leaves Oil Lobby Group Under Climate Pressure

Reuters reports: Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies. In its first review of its association with 19 key industry groups, the company said it had found “material misalignment” over climate policy with the American Fuel & Petrochemical …

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BRITAIN: Topless Protesters Disrupt Parliament [VIDEO]

The Mirror tabloid reports: The House of Commons public gallery was taken over tonight by topless protesters covered in slogans about saving the environment. Twelve protesters paraded in the gallery and pressed their mostly bare buttocks against security glass that separated them from MPs debating Brexit. Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband was caught on TV looking boggle-eyed at the Extinction Rebellion …

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Federal Court Blocks Trump Order On Arctic Drilling

The New York Times reports: In a legal blow to President Trump’s push to expand offshore oil and gas development, a federal judge ruled that an executive order by Mr. Trump that lifted an Obama-era ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean was unlawful. The decision, by Judge Sharon Gleason in the United States District Court for …

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New York Lawmakers Approve Ban On Most Plastic Bags

The New York Times reports: New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter. The plan, proposed a year ago by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, would …

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Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies On Mt. Everest

CNN reports: Mount Everest expedition operators are finding increasing numbers of climbers’ dead bodies on the world’s highest peak as high temperatures melt glaciers and snow. More than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first climbers’ deaths on Everest were recorded. The majority of bodies are believed to have remained buried under glaciers or snow. …

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Federal Court Halts Hundreds Of Drilling Projects Over Failure To Take Climate Change Impact Into Account

The Guardian reports: In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a federal judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate …

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