"The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Trump’s executive order last month aimed at streamlining agencies throughout the federal government."
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- Source: Washington Post, 04/21/2017
"Atlantic salmon farming companies are designing huge pens to raise fish in the open seas in a radical shift from calm coastal waters where marine lice have slowed growth of the billion-dollar industry."Source: Reuters, 04/21/2017
"The fastest-growing occupation in the United States — by a long shot, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — might surprise you: wind turbine technician."Source: Washington Post, 04/21/2017
"If President Trump fails to nominate and the Senate confirm at least one new member for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission before the end of June, the regulatory body could face a significant organizational shift."Source: Greenwire, 04/21/2017
"The surface of the remote Antarctic ice sheet may be a far more dynamic place than scientists imagined, new research suggests. Decades of satellite imagery and aerial photography have revealed an extensive network of lakes and rivers transporting liquid meltwater across the continent’s ice shelves — nearly 700 systems of connected pools and streams in total."Source: Washington Post, 04/21/2017
"Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter."Source: Wall St. Journal, 04/20/2017
"EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured his first hazardous waste site on Tuesday amid proposed budget cuts that could devastate efforts to clean up contaminated land and water around the country."
"The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic."Source: NY Times, 04/20/2017
"When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project 'with efficiency and with speed.' But Trump and the firm will have to get through Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup first, along with about 90 other landowners in the path of the pipeline."
"An agricultural mega-merger is about to ordain China as a new global leader in genetically-modified food."Source: Quartz, 04/20/2017
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider a rule on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its compliance date, the agency said on Wednesday in the Trump administration's latest move to reduce regulations."
"Energy companies and their executives donated at least $7 million to President Trump’s inauguration committee, according to newly released inaugural committee reports."Source: The Hill, 04/20/2017
"Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry."Source: Hakai, 04/20/2017
"A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River."Source: AP, 04/20/2017
"Donald J. Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to 'put our miners back to work' and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not. Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise. Unless Congress intervenes by late April, government-funded health benefits will abruptly lapse for more than 20,000 retired miners, concentrated in Trump states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia."Source: NY Times, 04/20/2017