"It’s no news that Greenland is in serious trouble — but now, new research has helped quantify just how bad its problems are. A satellite study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the Greenland ice sheet lost a whopping 1 trillion tons of ice between the years 2011 and 2014 alone."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: Wash Post, 07/21/2016
"Battle lines over a proposed Bears Ears monument are blurred, dividing tribes and towns."Source: High Country News, 07/21/2016
"The U.S. Navy confirmed Tuesday that ship shock trials with 10,000 pounds of explosives were conducted on Saturday and earlier in June, on the same dates as earthquake reports in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast."Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, 07/21/2016
"Organizations worried about climate change have long drawn comparisons between the petroleum and tobacco industries, arguing that each has minimized public health damages of its products to operate unchecked."Source: ClimateWire, 07/21/2016
"The fate of a mysterious hummingbird — and that of the indigenous population that shares its territory — hangs by a thread."Source: Undark, 07/21/2016
"Three attorneys general on Tuesday directly challenged Volkswagen’s defense over its emissions deception, calling the decision to thwart pollution tests an orchestrated fraud that lasted more than a decade, involved dozens of engineers and managers and reached deep into the company’s boardroom."Source: NY Times, 07/20/2016
"When more than 300 protesters assembled in May at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood, Colorado — the venue chosen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an auction of oil and gas leases on public lands — several of the demonstrators were in fact undercover agents sent by law enforcement to keep tabs on the demonstration, according to emails obtained by The Intercept."Source: The Intercept, 07/20/2016
"A federal appeals court [Tuesday] upheld U.S. EPA's retroactive veto of a water permit for a West Virginia mining project in a big win for the Obama administration."Source: Greenwire, 07/20/2016
"Earth's persistent record 2016 heat is now dancing near levels that a world agreement is trying to avoid, federal scientists said."
"Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental officials to prepare to comply with the president’s effort... ."Source: NY Times, 07/20/2016
"The Tennessee Valley Authority's Colbert and Widows Creek power plants have already burned their last piece of coal to generate electricity, but some environmentalists are worried that the tons of coal ash left behind in watery ponds could cause environmental problems long after the burners were turned off."Source: Huntsville Times, 07/20/2016
"The enormous algae outbreak that has coated swaths of Florida's St. Lucie River with guacamole-like sludge is a man-made affliction, arising from political and economic decisions made over the past 140 years."
"Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, one of the nation's largest and most active fracking regions."Source: InsideClimate News, 07/20/2016
"A month after hackers blacked out power in western Ukraine, a team of U.S. security experts touched down in Kiev to piece together the extraordinary assault."Source: EnergyWire, 07/20/2016
"At the foot of a giant sequoia in California's Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease. There, the arborists clipped off tips of young branches to be hand-delivered across the country, cloned in a lab and eventually planted in a forest in some other part of the world."