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

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS... Read More

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

Chicago Air is Dirtier This July Than Smog-Choked Los Angeles

CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak... Read More

CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak of high-pollution days in more than a decade. Nine consecutive days of bad air swept through the region amid an... Read More

2020-07-07 19:08:51
by Gaspard Le Dem
Environmentalists Say Chesapeake’s Blue Crab Population Healthy Despite Significant Drop

The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is going strong despite shrinking significantly this year, according to a report issued last... Read More

The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is going strong despite shrinking significantly this year, according to a report issued last week by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The environmental watchdog found no signs of overfishing in the bay in 2020, though... Read More

2020-07-06 17:09:33
by Jacob Pederson
Trump Plan Would Open Huge Swath of Remote Alaska to Drilling

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land... Read More

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land to oil and gas drilling, striking down wildlife protections in the area that have been in place for more than... Read More

Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled... Read More

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

2020-06-29 19:45:34
by Sara Wilkerson
Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request Congressional funding to plug "orphan" oil and gas wells across the... Read More

US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of... Read More

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according... Read More

2020-06-18 19:13:11
by Dan McCue
Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a major bipartisan public lands bill Wednesday authorizing the spending of nearly $3 billion a... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a major bipartisan public lands bill Wednesday authorizing the spending of nearly $3 billion a year on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act,... Read More

2020-06-11 21:13:09
by Jacob Pederson
Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year,... Read More

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year, the world consumed enough fish for every man, woman, and child on the planet to have about 45 pounds each.... Read More

2020-06-09 21:45:39
by Gaspard Le Dem
Advisory Panel Slams EPA Proposal To Overhaul Clean Air Accounting Methods

WASHINGTON - A panel of scientists on Tuesday slammed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to overhaul accounting methods used... Read More

WASHINGTON - A panel of scientists on Tuesday slammed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to overhaul accounting methods used to evaluate the various economic and social costs of clean air regulations. Last week, the agency proposed a new set... Read More

2020-05-26 14:32:16
by Tom Ramstack
State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Three Mid-Atlantic attorneys general are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce water quality standards to... Read More

Three Mid-Atlantic attorneys general are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce water quality standards to protect the Chesapeake Bay. They accuse the EPA of ignoring its court-ordered duty to prevent polluters in New York and... Read More

2020-05-22 19:39:09
by Gaspard Le Dem
Advocates Urge Stricter Standards For Particulate Pollution At EPA Hearing

WASHINGTON - Advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency to raise its standards on particle pollution -- also known as... Read More

WASHINGTON - Advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency to raise its standards on particle pollution -- also known as soot or PM2.5 -- at a public hearing on Thursday held by phone due to the coronavirus crisis. In April,... Read More

2020-05-07 15:04:07
by Kate Michael
States Step Up as Federal Government Moves Away from Paris Climate Agreement

On the same day that the Center for American Progress and the League of Conservation Voters released an issue brief... Read More

On the same day that the Center for American Progress and the League of Conservation Voters released an issue brief detailing how states have stepped up where the federal government has neglected to lead on climate change, CAP convened representatives... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Beaches Can Be Protected From Sewage That Flows Underground

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court bolstered the nation’s clean-water protections for oceans and beaches on Thursday, ruling that environmentalists can... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court bolstered the nation’s clean-water protections for oceans and beaches on Thursday, ruling that environmentalists can sue to block discharges of sewage into the ground if those pollutants flow in significant amounts from there into the... Read More

2020-04-23 15:01:58
by Gaspard Le Dem
Activists Say Coronavirus Is An Opportunity To Reshape Environmental Policy

It’s a big year for the planet. April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of... Read More

It’s a big year for the planet. April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of the environmental movement that is honored around the world. But many are celebrating Earth Day indoors this year. The coronavirus... Read More

2020-04-10 19:11:55
by Dan McCue
Historic Agreement Will Conserve Millions of Acres for Monarch Butterflies

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached what conservationists are calling a historic deal to protect monarch... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached what conservationists are calling a historic deal to protect monarch butterflies, which pass through multiple states on their annual two-way migrations. “Completing this agreement is a huge boost for the... Read More

2020-04-08 18:09:19
by Dan McCue
D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs),... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling,... Read More

Trump Rollback of Mileage Standards Guts Climate Change Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards Tuesday, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards Tuesday, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump... Read More

2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

EPA Backs Off Enforcing Pollution Rules as Virus Strains Work

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily relax civil enforcement of various environmental regulations, a move it says is necessary... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily relax civil enforcement of various environmental regulations, a move it says is necessary given worker shortages and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a memo issued Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City

SEATTLE — Mark Jordan works his way down a muddy forest slope, cutting through ferns and a small stream. The... Read More

SEATTLE — Mark Jordan works his way down a muddy forest slope, cutting through ferns and a small stream. The Seattle University professor and a pair of students slowly approach a trail camera they’ve set up to record wildlife. Jordan... Read More

Bee Lawns Generate National Buzz

WASHINGTON — Bees are excellent dancers. When a forager bee alights upon an Eden of pollen and nectar, it goes... Read More

WASHINGTON — Bees are excellent dancers. When a forager bee alights upon an Eden of pollen and nectar, it goes home to tell its hive mates. The greater the intensity of the dance, the richer the source of food being... Read More

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Later this year, the first of two burners is scheduled to shut down at the Centralia Coal... Read More

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Later this year, the first of two burners is scheduled to shut down at the Centralia Coal Plant in this rural Washington state community halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. When the second burner is extinguished in... Read More

2020-02-25 21:17:39
by Kate Michael
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental... Read More

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by suggesting options for growing a culture of data and evidence.  On the cusp of the EPA’s... Read More

2020-02-24 16:21:47
by Dan McCue
Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years,... Read More

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years, and in a related move, named G. Charles Sutcliffe as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Edwards also announced the... Read More

Climate Change, Global Tax Emerge as Snags for G-20 Communique

Finance chiefs from the world’s 20 largest economies haggled over climate change and proposals for a global tax regime as... Read More

Finance chiefs from the world’s 20 largest economies haggled over climate change and proposals for a global tax regime as they tried to draft a joint communique at a conference overshadowed by a viral outbreak that’s shaken the global economy.... Read More

2020-02-18 20:53:41
by Dan McCue
Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group... Read More

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group of Senators is asking why the agency has yet to fulfill its commitments and when it plans to do so.... Read More

2020-02-18 20:41:49
by Kate Michael
Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week on “Climate Change and the American Diet.” The report claims that Americans are more open than ever to plant-based foods.... Read More

Lawmakers Open Groundwater Fight Against Bottled Water Companies

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation... Read More

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation to ban water bottling companies from tapping spring-fed sources. The proposal is one of several efforts at the state and... Read More

From ‘Hoax’ to ‘Serious’: Why One Former Aide Thinks Trump Shifted on Climate Change

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration last month that climate change is a “serious subject” marked the completion of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration last month that climate change is a “serious subject” marked the completion of a yearlong shift away from his outright denial of the global threat — a shift, according to one former aide, driven... Read More

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