High Court Declines to Block Biden Greenhouse Gas Policy
Supreme Court
High Court Declines to Block Biden Greenhouse Gas Policy
2022-05-27 14:01:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block a Biden administration policy that directs federal agencies to assess the societal costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making processes. As is their custom, the justices did not... Read More

Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution
2022-05-16 16:05:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of... Read More

Environmental Groups and Labor Merge for Climate Rally in Lafayette Park
2022-04-24 15:08:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Taina Lipwak came with elaborate canvas artwork that she attached to the fence around Lafayette’s statue. She wanted the crowd to see it, but she hoped President Biden might see it too.  “This is the center of government... Read More

National Parks
National Park Week Kicks Off With Themes, Day of Free Admission
2022-04-15 14:30:47
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — National Park Week kicks off on April 16 with a day of free admission to any of America’s 423 National Park Service sites and other programs in communities across the country. The week continues with a variety of... Read More

Chinese Vehicle Manufacturers Fined $1.6M for Catalytic Converters
2022-04-14 21:50:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Three Chinese manufacturers of motorcycles and recreational vehicles must pay a $1.6 million fine after a federal court in Washington, D.C., found they did not comply with U.S. environmental standards. The Environmental Protection Agency imposed the fines on... Read More

Billions Pledged for Commitments at 7th Our Ocean Conference in Palau
2022-04-14 15:08:29
by Kate Michael

PALAU — The United States alone announced more than 100 commitments, worth more than $2.6 billion to tackle great threats to the Earth’s oceans at the 7th Our Ocean Conference held in Palau, April 13-14, 2022. Throughout six previous conferences,... Read More

WH Environmental Justice Advisors Press for Justice40 Action

Key members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council said Tuesday that the Biden administration hadn't done enough to make good on its promise that 40% of all benefits from climate investment go to disenfranchised communities. Speaking at a... Read More

US, Sweden Launch Formal Joint Green Transition Initiative
2022-04-01 15:21:34
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Government and industry representatives from Sweden and the United States came together to solidify an alliance to mitigate the impact of climate change at the Atlantic Council on Thursday. The two countries, which already have multiple collaborations to... Read More

Antarctic Marine Conservation Commission at Impasse Over Protected Areas
2022-02-01 18:50:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As global conservation and ecosystem protection efforts are gaining traction, discussions for creating dedicated areas for marine conservation around Antarctica are at an impasse, with nations unable to resolve conflicts between protection and rational use, and the future... Read More

Could Video Games Save the Oceans Someday?
2021-12-20 16:16:40
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Over 227 million Americans play video games, according to a survey of the Entertainment Software Association. But while people want to play games for fun, industry sees games as a powerful communication tool that can inspire players to... Read More

Divided House Debates Dems' Expansive Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House finally launched debate Thursday on Democrats' expansive social and environment bill, with party leaders hoping that cost estimates expected from Congress' top fiscal analyst would nail down moderate lawmakers' votes and allow passage by week's... Read More

Emergency Management
Experts Weigh Policy Options For Increasingly Costly Wildfires
2021-09-02 20:29:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Wildfires are an increasingly big and increasingly costly reality.  The "severity and overall size" of wildfires has expanded considerably in recent decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. California's 2018 fire season, in particular, broke several dubious records, including... Read More

Experts Urge Increase in Environmental Education to Respond to Climate Emergency
2021-07-07 20:11:01
by Ansley Puckett

Experts say environmental education needs greater investment if future generations are to be able to fully respond to the climate emergency.   According to an article in Environmental Education Research, co-authored by Alan Reid, editor, and Justin Dillion, Jo-Anne Ferreira and... Read More

In The News
EXPLAINER: What's Behind the Heat Wave in the American West?

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before... Read More

Experts Warn Against Ignoring Ocean Environment
2021-06-08 13:40:34
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some of America’s best oceanographers made a plea to Congress Monday to protect the oceans from environmental disaster or risk devastating consequences for the human population. They said global warming was increasing floods and hurricanes, raising sea levels... Read More

Foreign Affairs
Environment, Tourism, Legacy all on the Agenda at Antarctic Treaty Meeting
2021-06-02 18:12:47
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Competing claims and diplomatic disputes over Antarctica resulted in 12 countries coming together to create an Antarctic Treaty that came into force in 1961. Now 60 years later, 54 countries are involved, and policies and management of the... Read More

Interior Department Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
2021-06-01 21:17:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior on Tuesday canceled all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending a new environmental review. The sale of the leases was one of the final acts of the Trump... Read More

Groups Call for Reintroduction of Jaguars in US Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups and scientists with two universities want U.S. wildlife managers to consider reintroducing jaguars to the American Southwest. In a recently published paper, they say habitat destruction, highways and existing segments of the border wall... Read More

Nature at its Craziest: Trillions of Cicadas About to Emerge

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph.  And then another. And another. And four more.  In maybe a third of a... Read More

Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

Think Tanks
ESG Definitions and Standards Currently ‘A Little Bit of the Wild Wild West’
2021-04-01 13:32:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance are three central factors that shareholders are increasingly using to measure the sustainability and societal impact of their investments in companies or businesses. But there continues to be a range of opinions on... Read More

USDA Expands DamWatch Web App to Forest Service Dams
2021-03-29 21:29:17
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has entered into an interagency agreement with the Forest Service to add up to 600 of its dams to NRCS’s Nationwide DamWatch® system. DamWatch is a web-based application developed... Read More

Researchers Highlight the Need to Build Data to Tackle Marine Debris
2021-02-16 15:42:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, on Wednesday morning hosted an event explaining the complexities of measuring the presence of marine debris in the environment, focusing on the need to collect more data.  Measuring the problem... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

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

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

House Watch
SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
2020-10-31 00:29:51
by TWN Staff

About Cunningham: Joe Cunningham and his wife, Amanda, live in West Ashley where they are raising their son, Boone.  Along for the ride is their five-year-old rescue dog, a terrier mutt named Teddy.   Cunningham spends about 100 days a year... Read More

‘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

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

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

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