Environmental Studies

"E.P.A. to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump"

"The Biden administration is taking the unusual step of making a public accounting of the Trump administration’s political interference in science, drawing up a list of dozens of regulatory decisions that may have been warped by political interference in objective research."

Source: NYTimes, 03/25/2021

“What Bears Teach Us”

Bears are incredibly complex animals with much to teach humans, writes the author of a new volume on grizzlies, black and polar bears. Our BookShelf review calls the text, which also integrates striking photographs, highly scientific yet accessible, and suggests it might go a long way to helping not just to understand bears, but improve their odds of survival.

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"Brood X Cicadas Are About To Put On One Of The Wildest Shows In Nature."

"They’ve been buried — alive — for 17 years. And now, Brood X, one of the world’s largest swarms of giant fly-like bugs called cicadas, is ready to rise. When the ground warms to 64 degrees, they’ll stop gnawing on tree roots and start scratching toward the surface by the hundreds of billions."

Source: Washington Post, 03/10/2021

"White House’s Reworked Climate Metric Draws Lawsuit from States"

"Twelve states led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) filed suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, accusing President Joe Biden of exceeding the executive branch’s power in restoring Obama-era values for an analytical tool called the social cost of greenhouse gases."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/09/2021

"Huge Louisiana Coastal Project Receives Positive Report From The Corps"

"One of the most expensive, ambitious and controversial proposals in Louisiana’s 50-year, $50 billion bid to save the southern third of the state from disappearing like a modern-day Atlantis passed a major milestone Thursday night with the release of a mostly positive assessment from the Army Corps of Engineers."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/08/2021

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