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"Chemicals: Appropriators Target EPA Bid To Ban 3 Industrial Solvents"

"House appropriators are quietly urging the Trump administration to abandon proposed U.S. EPA regulations that would ban certain uses of three dangerous chemicals and restrict the number of hazardous waste reviews done by the Department of Health and Human Services."

Source: Greenwire, 07/19/2017

Perry Praises ‘Clean Coal,’ but Trump Admin Policies Don’t Promote It

"MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On his first official visit to this coal-seam state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump, Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised the work of the scientists at a federal laboratory devoted to figuring out how to burn more coal with less pollution."

Source: NY Times, 07/19/2017

"Michael Dourson Tapped To Lead U.S. EPA Chemical Program"

"Michael Dourson, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s office that oversees commercial chemicals and pesticides, is a board-certified toxicologist with decades of experience in risk assessment. Dourson’s close ties to the chemical industry, however, have some environmental groups raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest."

Source: C&EN, 07/19/2017

‘Cut Through Fog’ to Cover Trump’s Fast-Moving Environmental Policy Changes

Policy experts and reporters at an SEJ forum in Seattle July 6 cautioned that environmental journalists must go into overdrive to keep up with fast and furious changes coming during the Trump Administration. Get more in our SEJ News coverage. Photo: Former EPA official Dennis McLerran, left, fields a query from moderator Jeff Burnside.

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“Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River”

Writer David Owen's “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River” tells the story of the Colorado, while exploring water issues ranging from drought and climate degradation to cross-state and cross-border legal complexities.

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“Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet”

The new book “Climate of Hope” by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Sierra Club chief Carl Pope concludes that, despite partisan obstacles, we have made progress in fighting the planet’s warming.

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“Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change”

Author Lisa Palmer tackles a question many experts in the natural and social sciences are also pondering: How can we feed a growing world population in the coming decades when climate change is stressing global food production systems?

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Battles Ahead Over Conservation Fund

To report on federal land disputes near you, just take a look at the congressional Land and Water Conservation Fund, which this year faces conflict over funding levels, land acquisition and more. The latest TipSheet has the story, and how to cover it.

 

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"Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood"

"When my editors asked me to report on forest bathing, I packed a swimsuit. I assumed it must involve a dip in the water. It turns out, my interpretation was too literal. ... The aim of forest bathing ... is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. She helped us tune in to the smells, textures, tastes and sights of the forest."

Source: NPR, 07/18/2017

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