"The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning."
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- Source: Washington Post, 08/21/2017
"In the weeks before the Environmental Protection Agency decided to reject its own scientists’ advice to ban a potentially harmful pesticide, Scott Pruitt, the agency’s head, promised farming industry executives who wanted to keep using the pesticide that it is “a new day, and a new future,” and that he was listening to their pleas."
"Created by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the Cascade-Siskiyou monument protects Oregon’s extraordinary biodiversity, from butterflies to trout. But a Trump review threatens to open the landscape to the timber industry".Source: Guardian, 08/21/2017
"One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency."Source: New Yorker, 08/21/2017
"While President Donald Trump continues to dismantle Obama-era climate policies, an unlikely surge of Republican lawmakers has begun taking steps to distance themselves from the GOP’s hard line on climate change."Source: Politico, 08/21/2017
"Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to exempt Foxconn from state wetland restrictions may do more to attract smaller developments in the future than it will to lure the electronics giant to Wisconsin, critics of the plan say."Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 08/21/2017
"A beloved, cold-loving state fish is in danger of overheating."Source: Daily Climate, 08/21/2017
"A spokesman for [University of North Dakota] apologized to the Herald after reviewing footage of a UND police officer ejecting its reporters from a public university property."Source: Grand Forks Herald, 08/21/2017
"With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon tax."
"On Aug. 21, at midday, people who live in, or have ventured to, a band about 70 miles wide arcing from Oregon to South Carolina will get to see the moon pass directly in front of the sun."
"Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday."Source: Reuters, 08/18/2017
"Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. Notably, the records demonstrate that the EPA efforts came at the behest of Monsanto, and that EPA officials were helpful enough to keep the chemical giant updated on their progress."Source: U.S. Right To Know, 08/18/2017
"Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards."Source: Circle of Blue, 08/18/2017
"VICTORVILLE, CA - Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades."Source: News21, 08/18/2017
"In a sharp break with tradition, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has inserted a senior political appointee into the role of vetting competitive grant solicitations collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a memo obtained by E&E News."Source: Greenwire, 08/18/2017