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Five things Pruitt can do to cripple the EPA.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 19:30
The new administrator and President Donald Trump are expected to move quickly to begin unraveling the agency's rules on water and climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Living on Earth: A coal miner’s take on stream protection.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 19:30
Coal has deep roots in Appalachia and its local communities, but this way of life too often comes with persistent water pollution. With the recent overturn of the Stream Protection Rule, coal companies are under less pressure to control and clean up their environmental impact. Former miner Gary Bentley and host Steve Curwood explore the murky future of coal country’s water and its future.
Categories: Ecological News

Ontario’s promise to clean up Grassy Narrows is long overdue.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 19:30
In 1984 the provincial environment minister of the day recommended that the Ontario government clean up the mercury-contaminated English-Wabigoon River system.
Categories: Ecological News

Mexico City, parched and sinking, faces a water crisis.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
On bad days, you can smell the stench from a mile away, drifting over a nowhere sprawl of highways and office parks.
Categories: Ecological News

Scott Pruitt doesn't know the power of the EPA.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
In the early nineteen-sixties, a young lawyer named William Ruckelshaus was assigned to Indiana’s state board of health to prosecute cases of toxic dumping. At the time, it was commonplace for manufacturers to discard untreated industrial swill—ammonia, cyanide, pesticides, petroleum waste, slag from steel plants, “pickle liquor” (sulfuric acid)—into the nearest sewer, river, or lake.
Categories: Ecological News

Major flooding, mudslides and deadly winds as biggest storm in years barrels into L.A. area.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
A storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years barreled into Southern California on Friday, flooding multiple freeways, triggering dramatic mudslides and downing hundreds of trees and power lines.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change is transforming the world's food supply.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Climate change is poised to affect the world's food supply in three key ways, experts say.
Categories: Ecological News

The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Interstate 405 is one of the nation’s busiest highways, with more than 300,000 vehicles speeding, crawling or outright stopped each day on the 10 lanes cutting through this Los Angeles suburb. Yards away sits an elementary school, where students and teachers breathe air tainted by all those tailpipes.
Categories: Ecological News

Amid outcry, some animal welfare documents are restored to USDA website.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Some of the animal welfare documents that were abruptly purged from an Agriculture Department database early this month were restored Friday, days after animal rights groups filed a lawsuit to make the records public again.
Categories: Ecological News

How scientists are scrambling to safeguard vital environmental data.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Since the election, members of many scientific and research groups have been archiving government data they believe could be jeopardized by the new administration. Their fear is that without data, you can’t have environmental regulation.
Categories: Ecological News

Scott Pruitt’s back-to-basics agenda for the EPA.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Republican presidents tend to nominate one of two types of administrator to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The first is the centrist—think Christie Todd Whitman (2001-03)—who might be equally at home in a Democratic administration. The other is the fierce conservative—think Anne Gorsuch (1981-83)—who views the agency in a hostile light.
Categories: Ecological News

A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again.
Categories: Ecological News

The rebellion at the EPA is far from over.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
Despite an unprecedented revolt by the agency’s employees, Scott Pruitt was confirmed Friday to head the Environmental Protection Agency. But that’ll hardly be the end of the rebellion.
Categories: Ecological News

The evidence for vaccine safety is abundant. That will be $100,000, please.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
At what point does a body of evidence become massive enough to count as proof? When has a question been answered enough times that it can be put to rest?
Categories: Ecological News

Shooting holes in gun lobby’s dangerous addiction to lead ammo.

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:30
It hardly came as a surprise that within days of President Trump taking office the National Rifle Association unloaded on the Obama administration’s science-based decision to begin the process of gradually getting the lead out of our most pristine refuges.
Categories: Ecological News

A government website for kids scrubbed its climate warnings.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:30
In recent weeks, “Energy Kids” has reworked and cut information about fossil fuels’ environmental impacts.
Categories: Ecological News

What are nurdles? Billions of tiny plastic 'lentils' litter UK beaches and they're harming wildlife.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:30
A big survey of Britain's shorelines found that 73% of beaches are blighted by what are called "nurdles" — as many as 53 billion of them, according to an estimate.
Categories: Ecological News

How to patch a wind turbine.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:30
Any number of miscues can be fatal 300 feet above the high desert prairie, but with the proper training, experience and execution, the job is surprisingly safe.
Categories: Ecological News

Healey won’t comply with new subpoena.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:30
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office will not comply with a subpoena received Thursday from a congressional committee seeking documents in connection with her office’s investigation into Exxon Mobil Corp., Healey’s office said.
Categories: Ecological News

Congress’ EPA budget wrangling could hit pesticide program.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:30
Congress is expected to breeze through the reauthorization of a key law on registering pesticides for use this year.
Categories: Ecological News