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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Late spring snow storm damage your trees? Here’s what you need to know. 22.5.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
For those attempting to clean and up and repair their snow-damaged trees, the Colorado State Forest Service has a few suggestions.
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Cars are killing bobcats at an alarming rate in Southern California, biologists say 22.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

At least six bobcats have been struck and killed by vehicles in the Santa Monica Mountains in the past three months, including one that had been captured and collared by wildlife officials shortly before the Woolsey fire, the National Parks Service said.

The collared bobcat, known as B-361, roamed...

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McCollum asks feds to complete study on mining near Boundary Waters 22.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants the federal government to complete a study on the impacts of copper-nickel mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and forbid any mining activity until its complete.
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Hoover Dam ceremony marks Colorado River drought plan 21.5.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest.
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Trump Admin Wants to Erase Thousands of Deaths Due to Air Pollution: Report 21.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
This would not be the first time the Trump administration has tried to change the math in an apparent effort to justify its policy proposals.
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Trump’s ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children’s health 20.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

For more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health have partnered to fund a unique nationwide program studying environmental impacts on children’s health.

No more. The Trump administration is zeroing out the EPA contribution to the program, forcing...

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Round 2 on PV29 reveals even deeper flaws in EPA’s TSCA risk evaluation of the chemical 20.5.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. On Friday, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) submitted a new set of extensive comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its March release of additional information on Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), the first chemical to undergo a risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) […]
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Colorado congressman wants probe reopened into claim feds tried to censor CU researcher’s climate-change references 19.5.2019 Denver Post: Local
A Colorado congressman is urging the U.S. Department of Interior's inspector general to reopen an investigation into claims the National Park Service tried to scrub references to human-caused climate change from a University of Colorado researcher's scientific report.
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N.D. man will be both a state rep and a reporter 18.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Can a state legislator be both a lawmaker and a journalist? The short answer is 'no.' That's also the long answer, but a North Dakota public radio organization and a newspaper in Grand Forks are going to give it a try.
WWF support for sterilisation programs and “shoot on sight” uncovered by Dutch TV 17.5.2019 Survival International
From the report: "This mobile phone has just been pushed into my hands, with photos of two people who were shot dead by the police while they were being evicted." © Survival A shock investigation for Dutch TV has revealed WWF’s involvement in sterilization programs around national parks. The hugely controversial policy to reduce human populations around protected areas has been condemned as “utterly unethical” by Survival International Director Stephen Corry, who said: “Can you imagine WWF promoting the sterilization of women living around national parks in Europe or the US? The fact they consider it acceptable in India and Africa is racism, pure and simple.” The investigation has also uncovered evidence that WWF personnel were not only aware of the existence of a shoot on sight policy in India, which used the phrase “kill the unwanted,” but made no attempt to change it. The report, titled “Victims of WWF” has aired on Zembla, the Netherlands’ main investigative TV series. Also on the program, rangers at ...
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Dam failure could flood Disneyland and dozens of O.C. cities, engineers warn 17.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Federal engineers are raising alarms that a “significant flood event” could breach the spillway of Southern California’s aging Prado Dam and potentially inundate dozens of Orange County communities from Disneyland to Newport Beach.

After conducting an assessment of the 78-year-old structure earlier...

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Trump’s ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt blew $124,000 on travel, audit says 17.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s scandal-plagued first Environmental Protection Agency administrator, spent nearly $124,000 on “excessive” travel costs during a 10-month period, according to an internal audit released Thursday.

Pruitt took 40 trips, at a cost to taxpayers of $985,037, for himself,...

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Mass shootings more about men than mental health; male editors don’t buy it 17.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
If you say the word 'bias' as applied to journalism, most people will automatically frame it in politics. But a journalist's piece on Medium this week reveals a bipartisan reality: gender bias.
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The EPA Finally Figured Out How Much Scott Pruitt Racked Up in First Class Flights and Luxury Hotels 17.5.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff racked up nearly $124,000 in “excessive” travel costs, according to a lengthy report issued Thursday by the agency’s internal watchdog. Investigators looked into 40 trips that Pruitt took or scheduled […]
Trump Rolls Out 'Tech Bias' Complaint Form—And He Wants Your Email Address 16.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies," the survey claims.
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EPA Report Suggests More Oil and Gas Wastewater Headed for U.S. Waterways 15.5.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EPA Report Suggests More Oil and Gas Wastewater Headed for U.S. Waterways
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‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader costume could fetch $1 million in auction at Bonhams 15.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Darth Vader might end up muscling Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor aside as a marquee entertainment name among high bids in the auction world.

In a similar vein to how Newman’s Rolex Daytona watch and Taylor’s rare jewels set records at auction, Bonhams aims to fetch at least $500,000 for a complete...

House Subcommittees Propose Much Needed Funding Boost for Key Environmental, Innovation, and Public Health Agencies 14.5.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
House Subcommittees Propose Much Needed Funding Boost for Key Environmental, Innovation, and Public Health Agencies
House Bill would Preserve, Reinstate Critical Oil and Gas Pollution Protections 14.5.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
House Bill would Preserve, Reinstate Critical Oil and Gas Pollution Protections
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