A Senate Appropriations subcommitte slashed $200 million from the spending bill for the Interior Department and EPA.
"People living in nearly 600 neighborhoods across the country are breathing concentrations of toxic air pollutants that put them at a much greater risk of contracting cancer, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency."
"President Obama on Tuesday gave a full endorsement to energy and climate change legislation now pending before the House, calling it 'extraordinarily important.'"
"Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives hope to debate and pass a climate change bill on Friday, although negotiations were continuing with farm-state lawmakers who have concerns, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday."
By MICHAEL MANSUR
A prestigious group of journalists has been named to judge the newly established Grantham Prize, North America's largest journalism prize established to recognize reporting on the environment.
The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment will provide a $75,000 cash award each year to one journalist or a team of journalists in recognition of exemplary reporting on the environment.
By ALLISON A. FREEMAN
Congress is considering a rewrite of the nation's law overseeing the protection of imperiled plants and wildlife – in a move that could make sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act for the first time since it was put into law over 30 years ago.
The House of Representatives has already passed its overhaul of the act, which would throw out many of the existing mandatory requirements in favor of voluntary measures.
"A long-awaited vote on the Waxman-Markey climate bill, expected this week or early next month, has environmentalists teetering at the edge of existential crisis. Some believe the bill is so deeply flawed it might actually make matters worse; disillusionment with the bill is causing fierce recriminations within the environmental movement and has led to a knockdown, drag-out fight within the Sierra Club."
Tesla Motors' chief executive, whose company has been mired in legal actions, predicted in a blog post that the company would become profitable next month.
An inert ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup has been found to kill human cells.
"The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ... left in place a moratorium on longline fishing to aid a federally protected sea turtle species."