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Carbon Dioxide Is Rising at Record Rate

Climate Central – “The main driver of climate change is carbon dioxide. So the fact that it is rising at rates unseen in the instrumental record — and likely much longer than that — is cause for alarm. Yet here we are. For the second year in a row, carbon dioxide concentrations as measured at… Continue Reading

Report on crumbling dams throughout US

Follow-up to previous posting – McClatchy – Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list – new via Stratfor – “…there are more than 80,000 dams in the United States, with an average age of 52 years. The suburban sprawl and growing populations have also put more people downstream of dams that once only served agricultural land,… Continue Reading

NYT – Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data

Follow up to previous postings – Why is federal government data disappearing? and Please support DataRescue and other open access archive efforts, the New York Times highlights efforts by proactive teams that include librarians, advocacy groups, grad students, coders, archivists and scientists – Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find… Continue Reading

MAP: The most toxic country in the world

Via The Eco Experts: “Climate change is one of the greatest threats we face, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that continued emissions of greenhouse gases at their current level could cause a disastrous and irreversible impact on the planet. The effects of climate change are already clear: 2016 has officially been… Continue Reading

White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency

Washington Post: “The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post. The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also… Continue Reading

Presidential Executive Order on Restoring Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing “Waters of the United States” Rule

Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule “….Section 1. Policy. It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and… Continue Reading

Electricity: Federal Efforts to Enhance Grid Resilience

Electricity: Federal Efforts to Enhance Grid Resilience, GAO-17-153: Published: Jan 25, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2017. “The nation’s electricity grid faces potential threats from natural disasters and deliberate attacks. We looked at the federal government’s efforts to enhance the grid’s resilience—its ability to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover from potentially disruptive… Continue Reading

Environmental Litigation: Information on Endangered Species Act Deadline Suits

Environmental Litigation: Information on Endangered Species Act Deadline Suits, GAO-17-304: Published: Feb 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2017.  “To receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, a species must be on one of the federal lists of threatened or endangered species. Section 4 of the act includes mandatory deadlines for the Fish and Wildlife… Continue Reading

Mirror copy of EPA website prior to Trump preserved for researchers and public

FastCoExist: “Should sections of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s website go the way of the civil rights and climate-change pages of the White House website—in other words, disappear—the agency is prepared. Even if Donald Trump takes the whole EPA site offline, a mirror copy of the website exists online, and it reflects the way the site… Continue Reading

The Hill – New EPA chief’s emails reveal coordination with oil interests

The Hill – “Emails from new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Oklahoma attorney general reveal several instances of coordination between his office and oil interests in his state. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released the emails on Wednesday, one day after Pruitt’s former office turned them over to a state court… Continue Reading

WaPo – NASA is posting climate change science info on social media that contradict views of Trump and his top officials

NASA is posting climate change science info on social media that contradict views of Trump and his top officials: “If you peruse NASA’s social media feeds dedicated to climate change, you would have no clue a new administration has taken power that has expressed doubts about the reality or seriousness of the issue. Every day, NASA has… Continue Reading

World Bank Scores Sustainable Energy Policies in 111 Countries

World Bank: “An increasing number of developing countries – Mexico, China, Turkey, India, Vietnam, Brazil, and South Africa – are emerging as leaders in sustainable energy, with robust policies to support energy access, renewables and energy efficiency, according to a new World Bank Report. But there is huge room for improvement across every region in… Continue Reading