Environmental Health

CDC Scientist Ordered To Delete Email From Trump Appointee: House Probe

"Congressional investigators say Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield may have directed officials to delete a contentious email sent by a Trump appointee that demanded the health agency halt weekly COVID-19 mortality reports that the official called CDC “hit pieces on the administration.”

Source: USA TODAY, 12/11/2020

"Science: Climate Racism Is Real. Researchers Found It In U.S. Cities"

"Lower-income residents and people of color are more likely to live in the hottest neighborhoods in cities across the country, putting them at greater risk of heat-related illnesses and death. A trio of studies presented yesterday at the American Geophysical Union's annual fall meeting underscored that sobering point."

Source: E&E News, 12/11/2020

"Newsom Taps New Head Of Powerful California Air Board"

"California Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped a veteran regulator Wednesday as the next chair of the powerful Air Resources Board, which implements the state’s ambitious climate change goals. Liane Randolph, 55, will begin the job in January."

Source: AP, 12/10/2020

Vilsack Gets Lukewarm Response From Reformers As Biden USDA Pick

"News that President-elect Joe Biden has picked former Obama administration Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to run the agency anew has drawn disappointment from some who felt he was too aligned with major agriculture corporations during his previous stint."

Source: The Hill, 12/10/2020

"Colombian Environmental Official Assassinated"

"Javier Francisco Parra, 47, was shot on December 3, 2020 in the municipality of La Macarena, in Colombia’s south near the department of Meta." "Between January 1 and December 6, 2020, a jaw-dropping 284 environmental leaders and defenders have been assassinated in Colombia."

Source: Mongabay, 12/09/2020

‘Buy It Or Else’: Monsanto And BASF’s Moves To Force Dicamba On Farmers

"Get poisoned or get on board. That’s the choice soybean farmers such as Will Glazik face. The past few summers, farmers near Glazik’s central Illinois farm have sprayed so much of the weedkiller dicamba at the same time that it has polluted the air for hours and sometimes days."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/09/2020

Trump EPA To Set Rule Making It Harder To Issue New Air Pollution Curbs

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finalize on Wednesday its overhaul of how it measures the costs and benefits of proposed new curbs on pollution, a move that is likely to sap the agency’s power to impose tough future regulations, according to a source familiar with the process."

Source: Reuters, 12/09/2020

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