"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has canceled a nearly week-long trip to Israel, agency officials confirmed Sunday."
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- Source: Washington Post, 02/19/2018
"The deodorants, perfumes and soaps that keep us smelling good are fouling the air with a harmful type of pollution — at levels as high as emissions from today’s cars and trucks."Source: NY Times, 02/19/2018
"In just eight days in mid-February, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. That kind of ice loss and the changing climate as the planet warms is affecting the lives of the people who live along the coast."Source: InsideClimate News, 02/19/2018
"The Interior Department is planning to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in the country's history.
The plans, announced Friday, would auction off 77.3 million acres of offshore waters to drilling, covering coastal waters in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The auction will take place March 21.
Areas protected under a 2006 congressional moratorium, which bans drilling within 125 miles of the Florida coast until 2022, will be excluded from the lease."Source: The Hill, 02/19/2018
"Climate skeptics are rallying from a recent defeat by promoting another candidate who has questioned humans' role in climate change for a top White House environment job."Source: ClimateWire, 02/19/2018
"A federal court today [Friday] sided with environmentalists in vacating a significant chunk of an Obama-era rule guiding implementation for the 2008 ozone standard."Source: Greenwire, 02/19/2018
"The Trump administration is seeking to zero out federal funding on the environmental effects of oil and gas development."Source: EnergyWire, 02/19/2018
"A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Friday that would let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implement a global deal meant to phase out certain greenhouse gases."Source: The Hill, 02/19/2018
"Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations."Source: AP, 02/19/2018
A recently unearthed report reveals Bureau of Land Management plans to limit how many FOIA requests a single person or group can submit and to make government records more expensive to acquire.Source: Gizmodo, 02/19/2018
"The gravel parking lot at the Fitzgerald family’s truck dealership here in central Tennessee was packed last week with shiny new Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks, as well as a steady stream of buyers from across the country. But there is something unusual about the big rigs sold by the Fitzgeralds: They are equipped with rebuilt diesel engines that do not need to comply with rules on modern emissions controls."Source: NY Times, 02/16/2018
"When the Ebola virus began sweeping through West Africa four years ago, killing thousands of people and threatening to spread beyond the continent, President Obama turned to his science adviser for options."Source: Boston Globe, 02/16/2018
"A federal judge in San Francisco ordered President Trump’s administration on Thursday to end a one-year delay on rules developed by the Obama administration to combat climate change by tightening energy-efficiency standards for portable air conditioners, building heaters and other appliances."Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 02/16/2018
"Although it’s expected that President Trump’s plan to gut Great Lakes programs will be “dead on arrival” in Congress again, a major coalition of environmental groups is prepared to show how such draconian cuts could severely hurt public health and the economy — not just the environment."Source: Toledo Blade, 02/16/2018
"In 2015, the top toxicologist for the state of Texas, Michael Honeycutt, was interviewed on Houston Public Radio. At the time, the Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for tighter limits on ozone, a type of air pollution that is hazardous for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases."Source: NPR, 02/16/2018