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Virginia Launches Plan to Join E Coast Carbon Market, Cut Emissions 30%

"Virginia has taken a first step toward joining the East Coast's regional carbon-trading market, a move that would drive down the state's greenhouse gas emissions and help reshape the power sector in the traditional coal state."

Source: InsideClimate News, 11/16/2017

Fishery Managers Reject Bid To Manage Menhaden For Ecological Value

"East Coast fishery managers Monday rejected a proposal backed by conservation groups to start setting harvest limits for Atlantic menhaden based on their role as food for other fish and wildlife, not merely their commercial value."

Source: Bay Journal, 11/14/2017

Chemours Faces Sanctions In Carolina In Latest Legal Fight Over Teflon

"North Carolina regulators will sanction The Chemours Co. for the release of an unregulated chemical into the Cape Fear River –  the latest in a barrage of legal assaults facing the Delaware company in the Tar Heel State."

Source: Wilmington News Journal, 11/13/2017

State Clean Water Fund Means Local Projects, Local News

An EPA program that helps pay for municipal water infrastructure is facing Congressional appropriations scrutiny. But with the program looking like it may escape big cuts, it remains a reservoir of reportable local projects. Find out more in the latest TipSheet, plus get state-by-state resources.

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Why Reporters Should Go to Bat for Bats

Halloween may remind many of the spookier side of bats. But these unique flying mammals provide important ecosystem services — and that's just one of the many reasons why environmental reporters might want to write about them. This week's TipSheet looks at covering bats, the habitat loss that's leaving many species threatened and the growing fungal plague that's wiping out many colonies. Resources and more.

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February 8, 2018 to February 9, 2018

Environmental Law 2018

Cosponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute, this conference in Washington, DC (and webcast) offers balanced panels exploring the key developments in our natural resources, climate, chemicals and endangered species, as well as what’s ahead from the Supreme Court and under the current administration and Congress.

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"In a Cave Once Filled With Bats, Nothing But Eerie Silence"

"FARMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA—In a chamber a few hundred feet underground known as the Stomach, long-time cave guide Lisa Hall is talking about bats. Less than a decade ago, this cave system was home to thousands of them—little brown bats, northern long-eared bats, Indiana bats, and big brown bats. Today, she says, when the staff spot a single individual (almost always a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus), they get excited."

Source: Earther, 10/13/2017

Acidification Of Chesapeake Bay Threatens Crabs, Oysters, Other Life

"For ten days across recent summers, researchers aboard the University of Delaware research vessel Hugh R. Sharp collected water samples from the mouth of the Susquehanna River to Solomons Island in a first-of-its-kind investigation. They wanted to know when and where the waters of the Chesapeake Bay were turning most acidic."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 10/10/2017

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