"Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to demand that the federal government recognize several species native to the U.S. as endangered."
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- Source: The Hill, 05/27/2019
"The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with too little to eat."Source: AP, 05/27/2019
"In 1995, Mike Najarian became dissatisfied with the lack of maintenance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. That's when he hit upon an idea: He called the National Park Service to ask whether he and his friends could help organize a group that would clean the wall each week."Source: Greenwire, 05/27/2019
"Real, visible and consequential ecological catastrophes are playing out all around us."
"Wander into the woods in most places in the eastern United States and you’re likely to come across a towering trunk with sandy-colored, diamond-shaped ridges rising to bare forking branches and little holes peppering the bark, signaling where small, green beetles have crawled out and flown away after doing their dirty work. This decaying monument is — or rather, was — an ash tree. Its kind will not be back in your lifetime, perhaps ever.Source: Washington Post, 05/24/2019
"Something happened to the population of North Atlantic right whales in the last decade, as their numbers shrank and fewer calves were born." "New evidence suggests that the endangered population lost much of a critical food source, but may be stabilizing slightly as it shifts territory to feed elsewhere."Source: NY Times, 05/24/2019
"Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing"Source: ProPublica, 05/23/2019
"Democrats are asking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler to turn over documents tied to the agency’s proposal to roll back emissions standards for vehicles, suggesting he made misleading statements on the topic."Source: The Hill, 05/24/2019
" U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill that has President Donald Trump’s support, lawmakers from both parties said on Thursday."Source: Reuters, 05/24/2019
"The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled registration of a dozen pesticides, from a class of chemicals known to harm bees. The cancellations are effective as of May 20 for 12 neonicotinoid-based products produced by Syngenta, Valent, and Bayer."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/23/2019
"Citing a number of recent incidents, including one in Pennsylvania, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, sent a warning to natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline operators earlier this month detailing the dangers of flooding and heavy rain events."Source: WSKG, 05/24/2019
"NEW ORLEANS — A state law that carries a possible five-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of trespassing in the area of a pipeline should be declared unconstitutional, environmentalists and others said in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday."Source: AP, 05/23/2019
"After a White House meeting on infrastructure fell apart yesterday, lawmakers were left picking up the pieces, with the odds of Congress passing a broad package looking slimmer than ever. Instead, it seems likely Congress will pursue a narrower surface transportation bill."Source: E&E Daily, 05/24/2019
"The Trump administration’s decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions."Source: AP, 05/23/2019
"This year’s Atlantic hurricane season should be “near normal,” government forecasters announced on Thursday, with the likelihood of nine to 15 named storms, and two to four major Category 3 hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or greater."Source: NY Times, 05/24/2019
"The National Park Service (NPS) plans to pay the salaries of full-time staff from the money it collects from entrance fees, a move that is likely to enrage Democratic lawmakers who chastised the agency for dipping into the coffers to keep parks open during this year's partial government shutdown."Source: The Hill, 05/23/2019