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There’s a Giant Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico — Thanks in Large Part to Pollution From Chicago Environment
There’s a Giant Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico — Thanks in Large Part to Pollution From Chicago

CHICAGO — Just off the coast of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River lets out into the Gulf of Mexico, an enormous algae bloom, fueled by fertilizer from Midwestern farm fields and urban sewage, creates an area so devoid of oxygen... Read More

EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution Environment
EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
2019-06-19 21:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants with new regulations that allow states to decide whether such steps are needed. The new rule will go... Read More

Forest Service Seeks to Exempt Some Logging and Mining From Environmental Review Rules Environment
Forest Service Seeks to Exempt Some Logging and Mining From Environmental Review Rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday announced plans to narrow the scope of a major environmental law, allowing the agency to fast-track activity throughout the national forest system without undergoing environmental review. The proposed changes could potentially make... Read More

Reusable Bags, Paper Straws, Cardboard Containers: Jamaica Boldly Moves to Save Paradise Environment
Reusable Bags, Paper Straws, Cardboard Containers: Jamaica Boldly Moves to Save Paradise

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Frozen rum cocktails are now sipped through paper straws. Supermarket groceries are packed in reusable bags. And restaurant take-out is carried out in cardboard containers. As a January countrywide ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of... Read More

Automakers Say Trump’s Plan to Weaken Emission Standards Risks Crippling Industry Economy
Automakers Say Trump’s Plan to Weaken Emission Standards Risks Crippling Industry

WASHINGTON — Some of the world’s largest car manufacturers have delivered a unified message to President Donald Trump: Go back to the negotiating table on vehicle emission standards or risk crippling their industry. Seventeen major automakers, including General Motors, Ford,... Read More

Nation’s Most Ambitious Project to Clean Up Nuclear Weapons Waste Has Stalled Environment
Nation’s Most Ambitious Project to Clean Up Nuclear Weapons Waste Has Stalled

The Energy Department’s most environmentally important and technically ambitious project to clean up Cold War nuclear weapons waste has stalled, putting at jeopardy an already long-delayed effort to protect the Columbia River in central Washington. In a terse letter last... Read More

Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House Political News
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

New Plan Would Fight Invasive Asian Carp With Air Bubbles, Electric Shocks, Noise Environment
New Plan Would Fight Invasive Asian Carp With Air Bubbles, Electric Shocks, Noise

WASHINGTON — The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a $778 million plan to stop the spread of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes with air bubbles, electric shocks and noise, sending it to Congress... Read More

Washington State Braces for Eco-Friendly ‘Human Composting’ Environment
Washington State Braces for Eco-Friendly ‘Human Composting’

SEATTLE — As Washington prepares to become the first state to legalize “human composting,” not everyone is dying to turn their loved ones’ bodies into garden-variety soil. Even the lawmaker who sponsored the bill awaiting action by the governor receives... Read More

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say Climate
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands Environment
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

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