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After 15 Years, EPA Updates Water Quality Trading Policy. It Could Do More. 22.2.2019 WRI Stories
After 15 Years, EPA Updates Water Quality Trading Policy. It Could Do More. Comments|Add Comment|PrintWetlands like these in the Chesapeake provide cost-effective water quality services. Flickr/Timothy Pohlhaus On February 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum affirming this administration's strong support for the use of market-based mechanisms like water quality trading to reduce pollution in U.S. waters. This support came at the request of the trading... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Why California should turn down Trump’s offer to raise Shasta Dam 21.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

If the Trump administration wanted to increase California’s water supply by the most cost-effective means possible, it would immediately drop its attempt to raise Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet.

It would instead put $1.5 billion — the cost of the proposed Shasta enlargement, in 2019 dollars — toward a...

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Solar for schools and 9 other state environmental budget items to watch 21.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal mostly maintains environmental programs, but there are some changes, such as a tax credit for farmers who install buffers along waterways and new spending on strategies to reduce food waste.
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Today: Off the Rails 20.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The future of the California bullet train is further in doubt after the Trump administration goes after federal grants for the project.


Off the Rails

Since new California Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week he was planning to scale back the state’s high-speed rail project, President Trump...

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World Press Photo of the Year 2019 Contest 20.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Now in its 62nd year, the competition honors photojournalists who have captured images that encapsulate the year.
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clean-Water Case 20.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Supreme Court agreed to take up a case that explores whether federal clean-water protections apply to pollution that passes through local groundwater, eventually flowing into the ocean.
Arizona will miss U.S. deadline for Colorado River drought plan, officials say 20.2.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday.
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Policy News: February 19, 2019 20.2.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: ESA Selects Graduate Student Policy Award Winners Ten graduate students will travel to Washington, DC to receive policy and communication training and meet with lawmakers. Democrats Introduce the “Green New Deal” in House and Senate A sweeping and aspiration resolutions could be a major element of debate heading into 2020 presidential season. ...
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Supreme Court to decide if Clean Water Act limits Hawaii’s underground waste water dumping 19.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case on the Clean Water Act and decide whether environmentalists can sue to block Hawaii’s disposal of waste water that flows underground into the Pacific Ocean.

At issue is a dispute over the limits of the federal government’s anti-pollution...

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Today: The Toxic Defender 19.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A scientist’s disputed theory that low doses of toxic chemicals are good for people could become U.S. policy.


The Toxic Defender

Are low levels of pollution and radiation good for you? For decades, Massachusetts toxicologist Ed Calabrese has agitated for a public health standard suggesting...

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Scientist says some pollution is good for you — a disputed claim Trump’s EPA has embraced 19.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In early 2018, a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA, Clint Woods, reached out to a Massachusetts toxicologist best known for pushing a public health standard suggesting that low levels of toxic chemicals and radiation are good for people.

“I wanted to check to see if you might have some...

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The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean? 19.2.2019
Few are paying attention to a thriving $25 billion economy that's already supporting more than 200,000 jobs outside of renewable energy. These 11 points clear up misconceptions and myths.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for tougher enforcement against California’s black market for pot 19.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Before he was elected governor, Gavin Newsom was instrumental in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California. Now, as he settles into office, he faces the challenge of fixing a system that has been slow to bloom.

Newsom has urged patience with sluggish growth in the number of state-licensed...

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Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a key test on his embrace of a new California water tax 17.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Thirty-four words written into California law a few years ago take a strong stance on the most basic of human needs:

“It is hereby declared to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption,...

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Arizona lawmaker accused of endangering Colorado River drought plan 15.2.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people.
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DNR OKs some walleye keepers this spring on Mille Lacs 15.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The DNR said it would provide details later. Still, it's a significant shift for the iconic lake after several seasons of catch-and-release only that frustrated anglers and local resorts.
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This Month in Climate Science: Threatened Coffee, Asylum Applications and Antarctic Ice Loss 14.2.2019 WRI Stories
This Month in Climate Science: Threatened Coffee, Asylum Applications and Antarctic Ice Loss Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research finds 60 percent of all coffee species are threatened with extinction. Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a quicker pace. Our blog series, This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Spectacular Yosemite 'Firefall' Viewing Season Begins 14.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
In mid-to late February, given the right conditions, Horsetail Fall is illuminated by light as the sun sets in such a way that it glows a striking reddish-orange color
Of course Los Angeles shouldn't spend billions on natural gas power plants 14.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Policymakers in California have made some of the country’s most ambitious commitments to reducing climate-changing emissions. State lawmakers voted last year to set a target of 100% renewable and zero-carbon energy by 2045. And city leaders in Los Angeles have committed to generating all of the...

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Newsom is right to scale back the bullet train, and it's good politics too 14.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

If anyone thought that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration would merely be an extension of fellow Democrat Jerry Brown’s, that notion has been completely obliterated.

Brown’s — and before him Arnold Schwarzenegger’s — humongous Los Angeles to San Francisco bullet train was always a pipedream. And...

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