"In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans."
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- Source: AP, 03/31/2015
"A massive die-off of pine trees in the southern Sierra Nevada caused by beetles attacking drought-stressed trees is turning forests brown and creating a fire tinderbox."Source: Fresno Bee, 03/31/2015
"A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support an international agreement to cut planet-warming emissions."Source: Huffington Post, 03/31/2015
"In the frozen far north, in Arctic Quebec, the Inuit have relied on the same nutritious foods culled from the oceans for centuries: beluga whale, fish, seal, and walrus. But some of these traditional foods have become so contaminated with brain-damaging mercury that the IQs of schoolchildren in remote Arctic villages are abnormally low."Source: National Geographic, 03/31/2015
"The Obama administration is sending a six year, $478 billion highway bill to Congress with lawmakers struggling to beat a May 31 deadline to renew federal infrastructure spending."Source: The Hill, 03/31/2015
"Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are still suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday."Source: Sun-Sentinel, 03/31/2015
"[Maryland] Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has registered his 'strong opposition' to permitting oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast, warning it could harm Maryland's beaches and the Chesapeake Bay.Source: Baltimore Sun, 03/31/2015
"The White House Monday started its final review of a proposal to improve the efficiency of large trucks and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions."Source: The Hill, 03/31/2015
"Fort Collins, Colo., led by a Republican mayor, approves targets to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050, but hurdles remain."Source: InsideClimate News, 03/31/2015
"Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.'Source: Reuters, 03/31/2015
"The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December."
"An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada began under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company."Source: AP, 03/30/2015
"California Governor Jerry Brown signed emergency legislation on Friday that fast-tracks over $1 billion in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state."
"An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals."
"If a new rule takes effect, about 95 percent of all pipelines would be subject to stricter safety testing because of their age, location and other factors."Source: InsideClimate News, 03/30/2015