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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far' 24.6.2017 NPR News
The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.
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Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians 24.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider.

After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers...

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AP sources: Military to seek delay on transgender enlistees 24.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday. After meetings this week, the service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait and reflected broader concerns that a longer delay would trigger criticism on […]
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Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In 23.6.2017 NPR News
The president has been boasting about all the laws he's signed, but compared with other recent presidents, it's not that many — and he still hasn't gotten any major pieces of legislation.
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Senate Republicans want to get to ‘yes’ on the health-care bill, but first — some posturing 23.6.2017 Washington Post
Much of the concern that Republican senators expressed about the draft health-care bill felt more like political posturing than genuine threats to torpedo the effort.
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Rocky Flats Made Nukes. Then It Made A Mess. Now It's About To Become A Public Park. 21.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROCKY FLATS, Colo. ― Plutonium, named for the Roman god of the underworld and the dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, is one of the world’s most dangerous elements. Inhaling just one particle will bombard internal organs, particularly the lungs and liver, with harmful alpha radiation for decades. For the most part, it isn’t naturally occurring. But until just over a decade ago, it was plentiful in this 5,000-acre patch of rolling hills and grasslands. From 1952 to 1989, this picturesque sanctuary was home to a factory that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons ― a lot of them. Nearly all of the approximately 70,000  nuclear weapons produced in the United States include a part made at Rocky Flats. It was designated as a Superfund site in the early 1990s, and the radioactive materials have been removed. It’s scheduled to open to the public for the first time next summer . But rather than welcoming the prospect of thousands of new acres for recreation, some Coloradans are suing to stop ...
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The Daily 202: Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election 21.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Nancy Pelosi was a real drag on Jon Ossoff and other takeaways from last night’s results in Atlanta.
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Judge upholds California’s low-carbon fuel standards 21.6.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
A federal judge has upheld most of California’s pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors. The standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 percent reduction by 2020 in the amount of carbon released from their products. Ruling in lawsuits originally filed in 2009 by oil refiners and ethanol producers, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of Fresno rejected their broadest arguments: that the California rules conflicted with milder federal clean-air laws and were an unconstitutional attempt to shield the state’s energy producers from competition. Because state officials have conceded that the carbon standard, by itself, will not significantly reduce global climate change, he said, the Midwestern producers “plausibly have alleged” that the ...
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California's Clean Air Act waiver should be yanked, Trump's former environmental advisor says 21.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The Energy 202: California scores its first big environmental victory of the Trump era 19.6.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: California scores its first big environmental victory of the Trump era
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Philly kids in peril from lead unearthed in booming neighborhoods 18.6.2017 Philly.com News
A development boom in the city's river wards is stirring long-dormant lead in the soil, exposing a new generation to health risks.
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Delta mauling puts focus on ‘support-animal’ rules 17.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

A harrowing dog attack aboard a Delta Air Lines jet in Atlanta has put a spotlight on the federal law requiring airlines to accommodate emotional-support animals.
Trump Lashes Out At Investigators After Reports Of Obstruction Of Justice Inquiry 16.6.2017 NPR News
The president took to Twitter: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" It's not clear exactly what the president is referring to.
The Challenge of Defining Fossil Fuel Subsidies 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On the fringes of promises to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. This is an in-depth look at the ways fossil fuel subsidies are measured -- and why semantic arguments over definitions may be missing the point. (Image: LW / TO; Adapted: Jeff Franklin ; Damien Gadal ) Just over a year ago, the G7 group of nations pledged to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" by 2025. This language disappeared from the latest annual G7 communique , signed in Sicily last month, while a similar G20 promise to end subsidies has no deadline. Meanwhile, on the fringes of such promises lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. Attempts to add up the annual global total range from a few hundred billion through to the massive $5.3tn estimate published by the International Monetary Fund in 2015. Carbon Brief takes an in-depth look ...
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Sandy Hook families threaten legal action against NBC over Alex Jones-Megyn Kelly interview 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Several of the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have threatened legal action against NBC if it airs Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 massacre a hoax.

In a letter to NBC News executives obtained by the Los Angeles...

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CDPHE stopped state testing PFCs plume, blaming end of EPA funding 16.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
No one is monitoring the plume of groundwater contaminated with PFCs at levels exceeding a federal health advisory levels that is spreading south from Colorado Springs toward Pueblo.
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Sandy Hook families threaten legal action against NBC News over Alex Jones interview 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Several of the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have threatened legal action against NBC if it airs Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 massacre a hoax.

In a letter to NBC News executives obtained by the Los Angeles...

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Trump administration backs away from fight over California's power to set rules for cars and trucks 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration is backing off its threat to revoke California’s unique authority to set its own tough pollution standards for cars and trucks — rules that have become a crucial tool for states to combat climate change without help from Washington.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...

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California's air quality waiver appears secure for now as Trump's EPA chief tells Congress it's not under review 15.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The Energy 202: Paris and Kyoto have a lot more in common than you might think 14.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President Trump could learn from George W. Bush's mistakes.
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