"Washington State officials have privately complained about a lack of information — vital for an oil spill response — on the ingredients of the diluent used to help Alberta bitumen flow through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline."
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- Source: National Observer, 08/16/2017
"Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) criticized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for holding a closed-door meeting during a trip to the state last week."Source: The Hill, 08/16/2017
"A federal court has rejected a challenge to a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Texas."Source: The Hill, 08/16/2017
"Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year."Source: AP, 08/16/2017
"A research vessel located and photographed two critically endangered North Pacific right whales off the coast of Alaska."Source: AP, 08/16/2017
"California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compel it to say what steps were taken to ensure its rule making and procedures remain impartial even as it’s led by a man who opposed the EPA in at least a half dozen lawsuits while serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general."Source: Bloomberg, 08/15/2017
"Several green groups launched a legal campaign last week against the Trump administration over a pair of rules issued by U.S. EPA under the nation's new chemicals law."Source: E&E News PM, 08/15/2017
"Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid."
"More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday."
"A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely used and highly controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids. What they found isn't pretty."Source: NPR, 08/15/2017
"One of the coldest places on Earth is so hot it’s melting. Glaciers, sea ice and a massive ice sheet in the Arctic are thawing from toasty air above and warm water below. The northern polar region is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet and that’s setting off alarm bells."Source: AP, 08/15/2017
"President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday 'establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,' the White House said in a statement on Monday."
"Eastern larch beetles, tiny burrowing bugs native to Minnesota, are exploding in number across the state’s northern forest and have killed or damaged about a third of the state’s tamarack trees — one of the first clear signs of a rapidly changing climate."Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/15/2017
"On Egypt's Mediterranean coast, August should be prime tourist season. But the seaside restaurants in Alexandria are almost empty. Worries over security are keeping a lot of foreign tourists away. But there's a much bigger worry looming: that hotter weather and a disappearing shoreline could make Egypt's prospects even worse."Source: NPR, 08/15/2017
"The trend could spell disaster for caribou (and more nasty bites for humans)."Source: National Geographic, 08/15/2017