Environmental Health

Washington Monument Closed After Bernhardt Tests Positive For Virus

"Officials have taken the extraordinary step of closing the Washington Monument starting Friday as a precaution after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who gave a private, nighttime tour to other Trump appointees this week — tested positive for the coronavirus."

Source: Washington Post, 12/21/2020

"Five States Sue EPA Over Rule Limiting Pesticide Safety Enforcement"

"Five states this week sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a rule that narrows the areas where farmers are required to limit human presence during the application of pesticides."

Source: The Hill, 12/21/2020

"Climate Change Could Create 63 Million Migrants In South Asia By 2050"

"The growing impacts of climate change have already pushed more than 18 million people to migrate within South Asian countries, but that could more than triple in three decades if global warming continues on its current path, researchers warned on Friday."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 12/21/2020
January 27, 2021

2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment

Join us virtually for the Society of Environmental Journalists' 9th annual look ahead at the year's key energy and environmental issues. Hosted by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, Jan 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the event will feature leading journalists offering their predictions for the year ahead, following a keynote interview with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy. Plus: Four breakout rooms (includes $25 Uber Eats voucher)!

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Feds Reduce Vaccine Shipments, As Pfizer Says It Has ‘Millions’ Of Doses

"Officials in multiple states said they were alerted late Wednesday that their second shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine had been drastically cut for next week, sparking widespread confusion and conflicting statements from Pfizer and federal officials about who was at fault."

Source: Washington Post, 12/18/2020

Biden Picks Michael Regan, NC Environment Chief, to Head E.P.A.

"President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Michael S. Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Biden’s transition team announced Thursday. The decision elevates for the first time a Black man to lead the powerful department, which is central to achieving the new administration’s climate change agenda."

Source: NYTimes, 12/18/2020

$600 Million Flint Water Settlement Borrowing Plan Approved By Lawmakers

"Michigan legislators on Wednesday finalized a plan to borrow $600 million to finance the state’s proposed settlement with the residents of Flint, whose water was contaminated with elevated levels of the neurotoxin lead."

Source: AP, 12/17/2020

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