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Trump rollback could leave nation’s waterways vulnerable to pollution 24.1.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump rule narrows the 2015 definition of what’s a protected body of water and effectively removes safeguards for some waterways that had been put into place with the 1972 Clean Water Act
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'You need to act now': Meet 4 girls working to save the warming world 20.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.
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Trump Has Suspended Nearly 50 Laws to Build the Wall 16.1.2020 Truthout.com
Trump Has Suspended Nearly 50 Laws to Build the Wall
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Energy Companies Have a Great Friend At Trump’s Interior Department: Their Former Lobbyist 16.1.2020 Mother Jones
David Bernhardt, the man in charge of the nation’s public lands, has come through the revolving door of Washington, D.C. lobbying and back out again. Before becoming secretary of the Department of the Interior, he collected nearly $5 million for his firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a lobbyist and lawyer from energy clients. Since […]
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Prominent acid rain researcher Eville Gorham dies 16.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Gorham’s environmental research contributed to policies that included the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963 and the Clean Air Act of 1990.
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Australia’s Nightmare Fires Are on Track to Spew an Entire Year’s Worth of the Country’s Emissions 15.1.2020 Mother Jones
The bushfires raging for months across Australia have devastated communities and wildlife, but they pose another major but less visible threat—this one to the global fight against climate change. While the fires are made worse by climate change, they’re actually part of a disruptive and dangerous cycle: As trees and brush burn, they’re also releasing hundreds […]
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Australia’s Bushfires Expose an Extinction Crisis Decades in the Making 15.1.2020 Truthout.com
The extinction crisis is acutely felt in Australia, where more than 1,800 species are federally listed as ...
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Trump’s Latest Environmental Rollback Is a Middle Finger to Common Sense 12.1.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled plans to gut one of America’s most important environmental laws—a move experts say is as much of a handout to polluting industries as it is a slap in the face to science […]
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Trump announces sweeping changes to key environmental law 9.1.2020 Raw Story
US President Donald Trump’s administration announced Thursday sweeping changes to an environmental law that would speed up the construction of highways, airports and pipelines. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by Richard Nixon in 1970, all major infrastructure projects must be subject to environmental impact assessment by relevant agencies. NEPA was […]
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China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial 8.1.2020 Raw Story
Facial-recognition technology has become embedded in China, from airports to hotels, e-commerce sites and even public toilets, but a law professor had enough when asked to scan his face at a safari park. Guo Bing took the wildlife park to court, raising the temperature in a growing debate about privacy and abuse of personal data […]
Australian crews race to contain blazes as damage bill soars 7.1.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia raced to shore up defenses against deadly wildfires before the blazes flare again within days when scorching temperatures are expected to return.

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‘Because insects are key to our own survival’: 73 scientists unveil global roadmap to battle bugpocalypse 7.1.2020 Raw Story
Highlighting the “strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods, and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address,” 73 international scientists on Monday published a roadmap to battle the world’s “bugpocalypse.” “Most importantly, we hope that end-users and land managers now can use this […]
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Trump accused of ‘disgraceful abdication’ of duty to protect earth for proposal to neuter landmark environmental law 7.1.2020 Raw Story
The reported plan targets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which has been called the Magna Carta of environmental legislation, and could hasten approval of pipelines like the Keystone XL. The Trump administration was again accused of moving to attack the environment and wildlife in response to reports that the White House is moving to […]
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A New Trump Rule Would Fast-Track Oil Pipelines Without Consideration of Climate Change 4.1.2020 Mother Jones
The Trump administration will soon make it easier for projects like oil pipelines and highways to get federal approval regardless of their environmental risks and effects on climate change, according to the New York Times. The administration is expected to gut the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act by making more projects exempt from the environmental reviews […]
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Letters to the Editor: Does fouling the water and air 'make America great again'? 2.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Smog obscured mountain views and sickened people for decades in Los Angeles. Trump's rollback of environmental rules will bring those days back.

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US Court Upholds Ruling Protecting Marine Area Against Oil and Fishing Interests 28.12.2019 Truthout.com
The court upheld the right of the U.S. executive branch to set aside marine areas as national ...
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‘Victory for our oceans’: US court upholds ruling on vast marine monument established by Obama 28.12.2019 Raw Story
“This decision upholds protections for one of the most fragile and scientifically important areas in the North Atlantic from destructive activities like oil drilling and industrial fishing.” Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a lower court ruling defending the right of the U.S. executive branch to set aside marine areas […]
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Yes, Food Is Grown in Sewage Waste. That’s a Problem. 26.12.2019 Truthout.com
A septic truck spreads waste on farm land.
The EPA and states must insist municipalities investigate alternative methods for reuse of sewage wastes.
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Editorial: Newsom can't have it both ways on California water 24.12.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to file suit to stop the Trump administration from implementing new environmental rules that would be devastating for California's iconic and endangered migratory salmon and other fish. He hasn't done it yet. He'd better not be getting cold feet.

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Republican Legislator in Washington State Accused of “Domestic Terrorism” 22.12.2019 Truthout.com
Rep. Matt Shea speaks on the House floor
A report named Rep. Matt Shea, who took part in the armed Bundy militia takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016.
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