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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Advocacy groups challenge Trump regulatory rollback order

Follow up to previous posting – Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs – via the National Resources Defense Council – “The order goes beyond the president’s authority under the Constitution, rewriting laws by personal fiat rather than through a constitutional process. It would require federal agencies to violate both their legal obligations to… Continue Reading

A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

The New York Times – February 7, 2017: “A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five… Continue Reading

EPA – Electronics: The Next Frontier in Sustainability

Mathy Stanislaus, The EPA Blog – “Last year was quite a year for the Office of Land and Emergency Management. October marked the 40th anniversary of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and we have been taking stock of our success managing our materials and waste, and discussing where we need to head in the… Continue Reading

Scientists collaborate in effort to preserve and distribute research and government data

Follow up to previous posting – Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites? – via The Intercept: “American scientists are under siege in the Trump administration because their work threatens to undermine Trump’s anti-science policies. As a result, some scientists have already begun trying to preserve government data they worry will be deleted,… Continue Reading

Mapping Wildland Values and Climate Change Vulnerability

Via NOAA – Using climate change projections, conservationists can assess which of the wildest lands remaining in the contiguous United States are most vulnerable to the impacts of future climate change – “Undeveloped natural areas—also known as wildlands—aren’t just empty land: these areas are essential for the health and sustainability of the environment and the ecosystems… Continue Reading

Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil

Via UCLA Center for Knowledge Structure: “The Southern California Climate Data Protection Project helps to build a refuge for climate change data and supports climate and environmental research and advocacy. We are committed to evidence-based arguments. Our goal is to preserve the research society needs at a time of ongoing climate change. This concern is… Continue Reading

NASA releases new series on climate change images

Houston Press – “NASA has just released a set of breathtaking photographs showing that — despite the repeated avowals of President Donald Trump that climate change isn’t a real thing — serious changes are happening in the world, and NASA has photographic proof. The series, “Images of Change,” has been dropped at a key moment… Continue Reading

Regional E-waste Monitor: East and Southeast Asia

Via Yale Environment 360: “The amount of e-waste that Asian countries are tossing into landfills has increased 63 percent over the last five years, according to a recent report by the United Nations and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. China’s e-waste, for example, more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, averaging 22 pounds per… Continue Reading

Tara Penelope Calishain created list of National Parks Service Twitter accounts

Via Tara on FB: “Friends, I have created a list of National Parks Service Twitter accounts – about 225 of them. All official as far as I can determine. Please share if you find it useful. @ResearchBuzz/NPS Accounts on Twitter From breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics, get the full story with all… Continue Reading

WaPo Trump officials order agencies to restrict dispatches to public

Washington Post: “The new limits on public communications appear to be targeting agencies that are charged with overseeing environmental and scientific policy, prompting criticism from officials within the agencies and from outside groups focused on climate change. A memo to EPA communications staff said “no social media will be going out” and incoming media requests… Continue Reading

EPA staff directed to cease use of social media, blogs, press releases, agency site content updates

Via MediaITE: “In a memo sent out to staff at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Trump Administration has prohibited press releases, social media postings, blog posts or new content placed on the agency’s website.” Continue Reading

Science Librarian Focuses on Projects to Archive Gov Docs Post Obama

Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse by John Dupuis: “While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save… Continue Reading