Natural Resources

Biden USFS Old-Growth Forest Proposal Doesn’t Completely Ban Logging

"The Biden administration is advancing its plan to restrict logging within old-growth forests that are increasingly threatened by climate change, with exceptions that include cutting trees to make forests less susceptible to wildfires, according to a U.S. government analysis obtained by The Associated Press."

Source: AP, 06/21/2024

"A Key Court Ruling Could Weaken U.S. Environmental Protections"

"The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether to overturn the Chevron doctrine, a landmark precedent that has stood for 40 years. Scrapping the doctrine could have major impacts on regulation in such areas as pollution, climate change, and endangered species."

Source: YaleE360, 06/20/2024

Study Finds 1 In 4 US Residential Yards Exceeds New EPA Lead Soil Limits

"Roughly one in four U.S. households have soil exceeding the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lead screening levels of 200 parts per million (ppm), halved from the previous level of 400 ppm, a new study found. For households with exposure from multiple sources, the EPA lowered the guidance to 100 ppm; nearly 40% of households exceed that level, the study also found."

Source: AGU, 06/20/2024

Enviros Want Florida Freshwater In The Everglades, Not Dumped At Coasts

"Environmental groups want to use engineered wetlands to help replenish the river of grass and address toxic algae. The state’s politically powerful sugar growers say those wetlands are for their own polluted water."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/20/2024

"Trump Once Promised to Revive Coal. Now, He Rarely Mentions It."

"The first time Donald J. Trump ran for president, he slapped on a miner’s helmet and told coal workers they would be “winning, winning, winning” when he entered the White House. Now, as Mr. Trump campaigns for another chance at the presidency, he rarely mentions America’s coal miners and has stopped making grand promises about their future."

Source: NYTimes, 06/18/2024

"Can the Greater Sage-Grouse Be Kept Off the Endangered Species List?"

"Warming and habitat loss diminished sage grouse populations 80 percent since 1965, putting them on the brink of an endangered listing. Western states, the federal government and energy and ranching interests are struggling to prevent that."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/18/2024

"Federal Appellate Panel Sends Michigan Pipeline Challenge To State Court"

"Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit seeking to shut down part of a petroleum pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac belongs in state court, a federal appellate panel ruled Monday."

Source: AP, 06/18/2024


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