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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Environment

Coral Reefs Threatened By Trump Policies

The island nation of Fiji hosted the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn last week, bringing attention to the plight of small islands under climate change. Fiji is already facing migration of its people, loss of coral reefs, and more intense cyclones such as the one last year that wiped out a third of its GDP.

November 20, 2017
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A Wide-Open Door For Pesticide Lobbyists At The Agriculture Department

Teams like Adcock’s, created under an executive order by President Trump, had been taking heat from Democratic lawmakers over their secrecy. What little was publicly known suggested that some of the groups’ members had deep ties to the industries being regulated.

November 15, 2017

Sacrificing Wildlife For Oil Is A Fool’s Bargain

Were the U.S. facing a national emergency (which we weren’t back then, either), we’d be having a different conversation. Not only is America now far less dependent on energy imports but also it’s become an exporter. And note that there’s currently very little rending of garments over the price of gas.

November 14, 2017
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Washington’s Real Uranium Scandal

As Republicans have launched a trumped-up investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenuous connection to the 2010 sale of a uranium company, those same Republicans are preparing to hand over protected public land to uranium mining companies.

November 10, 2017
Scientists, Rogue, Twitter

How To Pay For National Parks

If you assume that anything the Trump administration does is bad, you will be right more often than not. But there is the occasional surprising exception. The administration’s proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 popular national parks is proof that even the worst presidents can’t always be wrong.

November 10, 2017
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Trump ‘Not Invited’ To Paris Climate Summit

Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting carbon emissions in June. The pact calls for capping global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and 1.5 C if possible.

November 8, 2017
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Federal Study: Climate Change Sucks Moisture From The West, Adding To Droughts, Fires

Scientists have uncovered little evidence that climate change is a driver of reduced rainfall and snowfall in the region, including during the drought of 2001-15. But studies have found strong links that higher temperatures, caused by climate change, have reduced soil moisture in California and other states. That in turn has affected farm operations and dried out vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires.

November 4, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Pure Delusion: Coal Miners Are Refusing To Learn New Job Skills Because Of Their Faith In Trump

“We’re going to bring the coal industry back 100 percent,” Donald Trump told a Virginia audience of campaign supporters in 2016. At another rally in West Virginia, Trump announced, “Miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.” Among the many lies Trump told on the campaign trail, the promise of a rejuvenated coal industry was among the most obvious.

November 3, 2017

The Big Banks Are Committing Major Crimes Against Our Climate

At the start of next week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.N.’s negotiating body on climate change, will meet in Germany to discuss next steps after the historic agreement by 195 countries to curb global climate change to 1.5° Celsius, or 2° at most—an agreement whose only logical conclusion is that the world cannot afford expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

November 3, 2017
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Trump’s Inaction On Climate Change Will Cost Taxpayers Bigly

The Trump administration’s reluctance to confront climate change threatens to create a massive burden on taxpayers, as a lack of planning by federal agencies leaves the government ill-equipped to deal with the fallout from rising temperatures, according to independent congressional investigators.

October 25, 2017

Is White House Carving Up Puerto Rico For GOP Cronies?

A $300 million contract to restore electricity across storm-ravaged Puerto Rico has been given to a Montana-based company that has never handled a project of this magnitude and has existed for just two years. The Washington Post reports that Whitefish Energy is based in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

October 25, 2017
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Climate Kook Is Trump’s Choice For Top Environmental Post

From EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, President Trump has filled his administration with a rogue’s gallery of fossil fuel-loving climate deniers. Now he’s set to sign up another: Kathleen Hartnett White.

October 21, 2017
Rust belt economic voters

Climate Deniers In Washington Can’t Save Big Coal

Last Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he will repeal the Obama administration’s regulation to curb power plant carbon emissions, telling coal miners in Kentucky that “the war on coal is over.” The next day he kept his promise, issuing a proposed rule to eliminate the Clean Power Plan.

October 15, 2017
Trump, Pence, Alternative Facts, Lies

Is The Trump Administration Letting Americans Die?

An elderly woman in Puerto Rico is helpless as her husband’s body becomes a patchwork of ulcers and sores from Parkinson’s disease. Another woman risks respiratory disease from a mold-infested bedroom and destroyed roof.

October 14, 2017
Trump Organization, Business Ties, Torture

Desperate Puerto Ricans Seeking Water At Toxic Sites

As Donald Trump waffles between cruelly threatening to pull aid from Puerto Rico and pathetically whining about criticism of his terrible relief efforts there, the island continues to deal with ongoing devastation. According to a FEMA report, nearly 40 percent of Puerto Ricans have no access to clean drinking water.

October 13, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past a teleprompter as he departs after delivering a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump’s EPA Nominee Lobbied For Coal Company That Donated Big To President

Andrew Wheeler, a principal with Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, was registered to lobby for Murray Energy until August, Senate records show. The firm was paid $150,000 during the first six months of the year. Murray Energy employees contributed $102,734 to Trump’s campaign committee last year, more than any other company, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.

October 8, 2017
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Anti-Science Climate Deniers Taking Over EPA Science Advisory Board

A third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, an influential panel that reviews the science the agency uses in formulating safeguards, could be succeeded by climate science-denying, polluter-friendly replacements when their terms expire at the end of this month.

October 2, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

Americans Rate Their Worst Fears In New National Survey

It turns out, according to a fascinating national survey by Casino.org, The Odds of Being Afraid: What Do 1,000 Americans Fear Most, that people—with slight gender variations—fear sudden changes with potentially dire consequences the most.

September 30, 2017

How Many More ‘500-Year Storms’ Will People Endure Before They Start Abandoning Coastal Cities?

People love living near the coast. Only two of the world’s top 10 biggest cities—Mexico City and Sáo Paulo—are not coastal. The rest— Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Lagos, Los Angeles, Calcutta and Buenos Aires—are. Around half of the world’s 7.5 billion people live within 60 miles of a coastline, with about 10 percent of the population living in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters (32 feet) above sea level.

September 28, 2017
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Calls His Staff Disloyal In Speech To Oil Industry

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke walked into a big gathering of the National Petroleum Council on Monday already facing at least two government probes for his management of the department’s workforce of 70,000 — but that didn’t stop him from bashing his employees.

September 27, 2017

How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

In August 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s handling of its hazardous waste.

September 27, 2017
Puerto Rico

Sunday Talk Shows Ignore Catastrophe In Puerto Rico

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and knocked out power to the entire island of 3.5 million people. Puerto Rican officials have described “apocalyptic” destruction, and a dam is in danger of bursting, threatening to flood already devastated areas.

September 25, 2017

The Fertility Rate In Flint Has Plummeted After The Water Crisis

Lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, may have led to a significant drop in the number of babies born in the town, according a newly released study. Researchers found that after elected leaders decided to save money by switching the city’s water supply source in 2014, the area saw a precipitous rise in miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as infants born with “health complications.”

September 24, 2017
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Trump Could Confuse Our Way Back Into Climate Deal

The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he spoke of helping the “dreamers,” immigrants brought to this country illegally as children? He defended his earlier controversial remarks equating the Charlottesville racists to the protesters. And he retweeted anti-Muslim sentiments.

September 21, 2017
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7 Good Things That Happen Every Time You Decide To Buy Local

In times like these (Donald Trump, the climate crisis, environmental degradation, police brutality, etc.), it’s natural to feel a need to do something. But what? It’s easy to donate online to any one of hundreds of organizations. Heck, even making an Amazon purchase online or an in-store Whole Foods purchase is accompanied by an opportunity to donate to an organization that needs your spare change. But where does that money go? And really, do you know what effect it is having?

September 18, 2017