People & Population

"Judge Rejects Change To Minnesota’s Wild Rice Water Standard"

"An administrative law judge has rejected an attempt by regulators to change Minnesota’s water quality standard for protecting wild rice, saying the proposal violates federal and state law and puts an unfair burden on Native Americans who harvest wild rice for food."

Source: AP, 01/12/2018

Trump’s EPA Could Allow Teenage Workers To Handle Dangerous Pesticides

"If the Environmental Protection Agency follows through with a reform now under consideration, teenage farmworkers and other working minors would once again be allowed to handle dangerous pesticides while on the job."

Source: HuffPost, 01/11/2018

2018 Elections Could Be Game-Changer for Environment, Energy

The 2018 elections may prove highly consequential for environment and energy policy, possibly slowing or even reversing the Trump-GOP deregulatory agenda. The latest Issue Backgrounder helps reporters frame the choices voters face, including environmental justice and offshore drilling.

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EPA Officials, Disheartened by Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

"More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration."

Source: NY Times, 12/22/2017

Climate Change Is Driving People From Home. But They're Not 'Refugees'

"More than 65 million people are displaced from their homes, the largest number since the Second World War, and nearly 25 million of them are refugees and asylum seekers living outside their own country. But that number doesn’t include people displaced by climate change."

Source: NY Times, 12/22/2017

"Drilling in Arctic Refuge Gets a Green Light. What’s Next?"

"President Trump on Wednesday was poised to sign the new tax bill, passed by Congress, which lifts a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. ... Will exploration begin immediately? No. Both supporters and opponents say it could be years before the first lease sale, a precursor to any drilling."

Source: NY Times, 12/21/2017


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