"It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic."
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- Source: AP, 01/29/2019
"President Trump and his administration have carried out 80 “attacks” on science in his first two years in office, according to a group that opposes his science policies."
"The National Park Service faced a daunting task of assessing the damage from the long government shutdown as parks began reopening this weekend and employees began digging out from a month's worth of accumulated snow and garbage."Source: Greenwire, 01/29/2019
"Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson commended the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill by introducing legislation aimed at preventing another such disaster."Source: HuffPost, 01/29/2019
"Cinnamon rolls and cameras greeted EPA employees Jan. 28 as they returned to work on a chilly morning after a 35-day government shutdown. Many smiled with gratitude, but very few stopped, fully aware of the workload that has accumulated after five weeks away from their desks."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 01/29/2019
"The U.S. military plans to incinerate unused firefighting foam containing hazardous chemicals, even with the health and environmental risks this poses."Source: The Intercept, 01/29/2019
"As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels."Source: AP, 01/29/2019
"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are pressing Google, Facebook and Microsoft over their sponsorship of a conference that featured participation by climate change skeptics."
"Top House Democrats are scrutinizing various controversial moves by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate or roll back air pollution regulations."
"California Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris in a town hall meeting Monday said that she backs the “Green New Deal” policy championed by newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez."Source: Newsweek, 01/29/2019
"Hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the country are returning to work after being furloughed for more than a month. Thousands of others in the federal workforce did work during the 35-day shutdown, but didn't get paid."Source: NPR, 01/28/2019
"Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster."Source: Reuters, 01/28/2019
"The Trump administration is considering taking steps to limit the ability of states to block interstate gas pipelines and other energy projects, according to three people familiar with the deliberations."Source: Bloomberg, 01/28/2019
"Germany should shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest, a government-appointed commission said on Saturday, proposing at least 40 billion euros ($45.7 billion) in aid to regions affected by the phase-out."Source: Reuters, 01/28/2019
"Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have moved to roll back regulations for companies that extract, transport and burn oil, gas and coal. Government analyses show companies will save billions of dollars in compliance costs, but the trade-off often will be adverse impacts to public health and the environment."Source: AP, 01/28/2019