Environment

Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda
Environment
Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda
2021-01-08 17:38:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON —President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to address man-made climate change appears poised to benefit from a bicameral party majority. Biden’s plan, outlined on his campaign website, proposes $1.7 trillion in new “federal investments” over the next 10 years that would... Read More

EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists
Environment
EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists
2020-12-30 14:57:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized plans to keep ozone air pollution standards at a level that environmentalists say is too high to prevent respiratory and other health problems.  In 2015 the EPA lowered the... Read More

Lawmakers Contribute to Lawsuit To Block EPA’s Water Quality Rule
Environment
Lawmakers Contribute to Lawsuit To Block EPA’s Water Quality Rule
2020-12-23 17:41:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who handle environmental issues are adding their voices to a federal court case that threatens to roll back protections of the 1972 Clean Water Act. They are siding with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that... Read More

US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development
State News
US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk... Read More

Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden
Environment
Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden's climate and conservation agenda. The eleventh-hour regulatory race... Read More

Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?
Climate
Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?

There's a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels. The Solo, from Canadian designer and manufacturer ElectraMeccanica, is a single-passenger all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80... Read More

Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder
Environment
Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — Just south of the Galapagos' Marchena Island, there's a dive spot known by locals as the "fish arena." There, within the choppy, cool waters of the Pacific, thousands of colorful fish swim in schools, lobsters poke their long antennae... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
State News
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
2020-10-09 14:45:58
by Sean Trambley

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped... Read More

Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
Environment
Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
2020-10-05 20:18:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from a wide swath of bipartisan lawmakers.  The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat, including by reauthorizing the... Read More

O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
Congress
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
2020-10-02 15:05:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during... Read More

Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’
Wildfires
Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze... Read More

Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
Health
Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
2020-09-24 18:19:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals, the Environmental Working Group Action Fund presented Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., with a perfect score. Much of... Read More

Big Problems for Smallest Great Lake: More Precipitation, Warmer Temperatures and Regulation Plan Upend Life Along Lake Ontario
Environment
Big Problems for Smallest Great Lake: More Precipitation, Warmer Temperatures and Regulation Plan Upend Life Along Lake Ontario

SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio. Water spilled across the wooden deck, a sun-soaked... Read More

A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week
Weather
A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week

MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west... Read More

Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
Emergency Management
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

Ocean Plastic Could Triple By 2040 Without ‘Rapid And Concerted’ Action
Environment
Ocean Plastic Could Triple By 2040 Without ‘Rapid And Concerted’ Action
2020-07-27 19:44:47
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans could nearly triple within the next two decades, according to a report by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., called “Breaking the Plastic... Read More

At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
Innovation
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
2020-07-24 17:26:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarette brands. First, Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos declared in the company’s recently released integrated report that he... Read More

Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
Military
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also... Read More

Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
Climate
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever
Climate
2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever
2020-07-20 14:44:12
by Jacob Pederson

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This past June was the 44th in a row that saw hotter than average temperatures, the agency said last week. It... Read More

Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why
Environment
Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Manatee deaths are on the rise in Florida. Coronavirus isn't likely at fault, but it has kept officials from performing as many necropsies as normal on the dead animals. As a result, experts from the Florida... Read More

Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades
Environment
Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades
2020-07-16 15:23:46
by Jacob Pederson

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns of people who live and work in the area. The move has alarmed environmentalists who say the decision threatens the... Read More

Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
Infrastructure
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Congress
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
Environment
EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
2020-07-15 19:27:14
by Jacob Pederson

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame,... Read More

Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
State News
Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
2020-07-15 15:30:51
by Reece Nations

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors,... Read More

Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden unveiled a proposal for rebuilding the economy Tuesday that focuses heavily on restoring American leadership in the fight against global warming, directing government recovery efforts toward expanding clean energy and rapidly reversing the Trump administration’s abandonment... Read More

Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions
In The States
Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions

DETROIT — A federal appellate panel Tuesday upheld its June ruling that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state treasurer Andy Dillon could not be shielded from certain depositions in civil litigation related to the Flint water crisis. A... Read More

Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
Military
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
2020-07-14 19:46:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan... Read More

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