"The appointment of fisheries biologist Chris Oliver to lead NOAA Fisheries — the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is charged with sustainable management of commercial fisheries worth more than $140 billion — represents a striking departure from the Trump administration’s scientific and environmental personnel and policy choices."
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- Source: Washington Post, 07/14/2017
"The House defeated an amendment to a defense policy bill Thursday that would have blocked a Department of Defense study into the impacts of climate change on national security."Source: The Hill, 07/14/2017
"This year's bloom is predicted by NOAA to be much larger than average - just under the size of the 2014 bloom that left 500,000 without drinking water".
"The forecast for western Lake Erie for later this summer into fall?: Green and mucky.
The algae blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years are expected to be worse than normal this year, well above the size at which they can potentially become harmful to aquatic life and even humans, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters announced Thursday.Source: Detroit Free Press, 07/14/2017
"The House Appropriations Committee approved a $37.6 billion annual spending bill for the Department of Energy and water infrastructure programs on Wednesday."Source: The Hill, 07/14/2017
"Louisiana serves as a terrifying example of what can become of a state that shortchanges science and environmental regulations to boost industry and infrastructure." "If you’re visiting New Orleans and want to see something truly amazing, take your beer or daiquiri to-go and walk a few blocks past the Superdome—you’ll find a school being constructed on an old waste dump."Source: LongReads, 07/14/2017
"Environmental and public health groups asked a U.S. Appeals Court in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reverse its decision to delay issuing a set of smog cleanup rules."Source: Reuters, 07/13/2017
"More than two years have passed since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan hit the national headlines. But the water crisis itself unfolded over three years ago in 2014—not 2015 when the rest of the country found out about it."Source: Colorlines, 07/13/2017
"Business has been good for U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's friends from his political days in Oklahoma."Source: Greenwire, 07/13/2017
"A coalition of 14 conservative groups urged U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to support an amendment to the House of Representatives' annual defense bill that would prevent the Pentagon from implementing climate-change and green energy policies meant to save taxpayers money and protect the planet."Source: Reuters, 07/13/2017
"In the Florida Keys, residents are facing a question that may soon plague communities up and down the U.S. coastline: How much water are they willing to live with?"Source: Bloomberg, 07/13/2017
"An environmental group is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of violating federal pollution laws by allowing oil and gas companies to dump an unlimited quantity of fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico."Source: WWL-TV, 07/13/2017
"As the Bureau of Land Management's backlog of outstanding applications to drill on public lands shrinks, the number of tracts that have been approved for development but have gone unused is on the rise."Source: EnergyWire, 07/13/2017
"An Interior Department official who removed the Everglades from the United Nations’ endangered-sites list during the Bush administration is back."Source: Miami Herald, 07/13/2017
"The temptation to paint a dire picture of climate change, at a time when the Trump administration seems bent on questioning a widely accepted body of climate science and withdrawing from international agreements, is clear. But the picture still has to be plausible and accurate, a number of scientists argued this week in response to a lengthy article in New York Magazine."Source: Washington Post, 07/13/2017
"North America hosts the richest variety of freshwater mussels in the world, and the epicenter for this biodiversity is in the southeastern United States."Source: bioGraphic, 07/13/2017