"Abandoned pipelines are facing new scrutiny from the Obama administration. The Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an advisory bulletin Monday that tightens controls on pipeline operators."
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- Source: The Hill, 08/16/2016
"The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is joining the investigation into the Friday night fire at Sunoco Logistics in which seven contract workers were injured, including four who were critically burned." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is already investigating.Source: Beaumont Enterprise, 08/16/2016
"Just as scientists are warning that our planet's climate is set to overshoot critical thresholds, Americans have become more divided than ever along partisan lines over global warming."Source: Christian Science Monitor, 08/16/2016
"Twelve Democratic attorneys general want a House chairman to end his investigation into state probes of Exxon Mobil Corp."Source: The Hill, 08/16/2016
A chronic array of mysterious health problems among public housing residents in East Chicago, Indiana, was finally traced to soil contaminated with lead and arsenic by decades of industrial activity. Authorities from various government agencies had kept residents in the dark about the threat.Source: Think Progress, 08/16/2016
"The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana Sunday after torrential rain inundated the state killing at least four people, flooding thousands of homes and prompting thousands of water rescues."
"A wildfire destroyed at least 10 homes and forced some 4,000 people to flee their homes as flames jumped a road and moved into a Northern California town located miles away from a devastating wildfire nearly a year ago."
"From New Orleans to Portland, Maine, the heat and humidity has hit oppressive levels for the second long stretch this summer. In New York City, for example, entire blocks smell like hot garbage, and the air feels like a wet blanket, with heat indices approaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit."Source: Mashable, 08/15/2016
"As locally acquired cases of Zika continue to gradually grow in Miami, officials are still hamstrung in deploying a promising technology to fight the mosquitoes that transmit the virus, Aedes aegypti. There are 22 locally acquired cases in Florida, 19 primarily in the Wynwood area of Miami, two in Broward County, and a new case in Palm Beach County."Source: Forbes, 08/15/2016
"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday 'there could be some impact' from a changing climate, 'but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.'
In an interview with The Miami Herald, Trump reiterated he’s 'not a big believer in manmade climate change,' and while he acknowledged problems such as rising sea levels, he attributed them to 'a change in weather patterns, and you’ve had it for many years.'Source: The Hill, 08/15/2016
"Combating climate change with investment in renewable power is a main part of Hillary Clinton's economic platform, the campaign's political director said yesterday."Source: ClimateWire, 08/15/2016
"The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines."
"Long-lasting white trails left behind by aircraft are caused by well-understood physical and chemical processes, not a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program, concludes new research from Carnegie Science, University of California-Irvine, and the nonprofit Near Zero."Source: ENS, 08/15/2016
"Once abundant throughout the Pacific Northwest, Oregon silverspot butterflies have dwindled because of habitat loss and extended drought. Zookeepers have been lending the species a hand."Source: Christian Science Monitor, 08/15/2016
"These Catholic social justice advocates are exemplars of the force behind We Are Seneca Lake, one of the nation’s longest-running campaigns of civil disobedience."Source: InsideClimate News, 08/15/2016