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"Despite Website Message, The EPA Isn't Deleting Its Open Data Website"

"Scientists and data experts are closely tracking the websites of federal agencies, noting changes to pages dealing with climate change and energy since President Donald Trump took office. On Monday, they noticed an alarming message posted to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website, indicating it would shut down on Friday, April 28."

Source: Mashable, 04/25/2017

Hydro Plant Next to Joshua Tree NP Wouldn't Hurt The Environment: Feds

"Federal officials have concluded that infrastructure for a proposed hydropower project — which would tap billions of gallons of groundwater in the California desert, just outside Joshua Tree National Park — wouldn't be especially harmful to the environment."

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 04/24/2017

EPA Reverses Course on Open Data Shutdown

UPDATE (10:50 EDT, 4/24/17): In a reversal, the EPA website now says its Open Data Service will continue. "Donald Trump is to completely shut down one of the government's most important data services." "The Environmental Protection Agency's Open Data Web service – which stores information on climate change, life cycle assessment, health impact analysis and environmental justice – is to have its funding removed and will no longer be in operation, according to people working on the plan."

Source: Independent, 04/24/2017

Educators Decry Denier Group's Climate 'Propaganda' Sent to Teachers

"Teaching material sent by Heartland Institute to thousands of teachers denies climate science, aims to teach a 'debate.'"

"Science teachers and legislators are fighting back after a conservative advocacy organization mailed false information on climate science to thousands of school science teachers nationwide.

After the Heartland Institute began a mass mailing of teaching materials denying the scientific consensus on climate change, lawmakers and teachers' organizations have raised the alarm over what they characterize as propaganda disguised as information.

Source: InsideClimate News, 04/11/2017

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