Asbestos has been found in Claire's eye shadow, highlighting a disturbing 'black hole' in beauty-product safety
The US Food and Drug Administration barely regulates the cosmetics industry: just 11 ingredients are forbidden in cosmetic products in the US. In Europe, more than 1,300 compounds are barred.
The state of Washington plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposal to dismantle pollution rules that would have increased federal regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday.
The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.
A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court - and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama.
To start, the photo is from Energy Department HQ, with DOE Secretary Rick Perry and, closest to him, coal baron Bob Murray. I don't know the next person to the right, but in this 2017 photo, Mr. Murray had come a-lobbyin' with veteran DC insider and mouthpiece Andrew Wheeler (beneath the red arrow). More on the photo later.
Top Weekend News<p>Vice President Mike Pence's family gas station empire collapsed, <a href="https://apnews.com/07f9256ae1984362ba3eff192b4d6dd0/Pence-family-gas-stations-left-costly-environmental-legacy?utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter" target="_blank">sticking taxpayers with a $20 million cleanup bill</a>. (AP)</p><p>In <em>The Guardian, </em>John Abraham examines the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jul/12/rising-ocean-waters-from-global-warming-could-cost-trillions-of-dollars?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">staggering future costs </a>of sea level rise and coastal inundation.<span></span><br></p><p>Eric Holthaus on <a href="https://grist.org/article/this-years-global-hurricane-boom-could-go-into-overdrive/" target="_blank">how this year's severe storms season</a> could set records. (<em>Grist)</em></p><p>In an introductory speech to EPA employees, acting EPA boss Andrew Wheeler said <a href="https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060089069" target="_blank">risk communication</a> would be a high priority. (<em>E&E Daily)</em></p><p><a href="https://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00028&segmentID=3" target="_blank">What to expect on environmental cases</a> from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Steve Curwood's Q&A with U. of Vermont Law Professor Patrick Parenteau. (<em>PRI's Living On Earth)</em></p><p><a href="https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10072018/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-trump-nominee-climate-change-policy-environmental-law" target="_blank">More on Kavanaugh </a>from Marianne Lavelle at <em>Inside Climate News. </em></p><p>If coral reefs disappear, <a href="https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/as-reefs-disappear-some-fish-find-themselves-defenseless/" target="_blank">some tropical fish will lose their only protection</a>. (<em>Hakai)</em></p><p>Rancher Dwight Hammond, Jr.'s imprisonment inspired the <a href="https://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2018/07/oregon_rancher_pardoned_by_tru.html" target="_blank">armed takeover</a> of a National Wildlife Refuge. Sprung from prison by President Trump's pardon he discussed how prison has changed his outlook. And how it hasn't. (<em>Oregonian)</em></p><p>While the world was distracted by NATO'S confab and other meetings, the<a href="https://thebulletin.org/2018/07/approving-the-climate-security-agenda/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Twitter%20Post&utm_campaign=ClimateAgenda_July14" target="_blank"> UN Security Council </a>quietly talked climate change for only the third time in its history.</p>
Opinion pieces and editorials<p>Cieaning house, sorta, at EPA. <a href="https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/cleaning-house-kinda-at-epa-editorial-cartoonists-have-the-last/collection_49d1f13e-9d8d-510a-a2b4-98584eb46a2d.html#1n" target="_blank">Collection of editorial cartoons.</a></p><p>Eric Holthaus throws some anti-shade on Trump and environment: <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/11/all_is_not_lost_on_climate_change.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_tw_ru" target="_blank">He'll be terrible, but he's not everything.</a></p>
Podcasts of note<p>Quick Instagram post from Planet Forward, George Washington University's J-School, on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlJNaXLB_dW/?taken-by=planetforward" target="_blank">"The Last Straw"</a> -- plastic drinking straw bans popping up everywhere.</p><p>EHN/Daily Climate's Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss the curious popularity of solar panels among NRA members and the rampage of record high temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere this past week. (PRI's L<a href="https://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00028&segmentID=4" target="_blank">iving on Earth</a></p>
More Trump Rollbacks<p>ExxonMobil becomes the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-alec/exxon-mobil-joins-exodus-of-firms-from-lobbying-group-alec-idUSKBN1K231R" target="_blank">latest corporation to exit </a>the anti-regulatory American Legislative Exchange Council. (Reuters)</p><p>Alex Kaufman reports on <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-wheeler-epa-ethical-problems_us_5b48e87ae4b022fdcc592dd8?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004" target="_blank">Andrew Wheeler's first week as interim EPA boss</a>-- and his first two potential scandals. (<em>HuffPost)</em></p>
The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama's principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry.
Modest reductions in air pollution can prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of infants in sub-Saharan Africa each year, according to a new scientific study that investigated the link between breathable air pollutants and premature deaths in 30 countries across the continent.
An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach, oil was staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. It would turn out to be the worst California coastal spill in 25 years. But was it a crime scene?
Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of dangerous floodwaters on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, but authorities said Tuesday that others are still stranded at evacuation centers.
Frazzled residents in a part of rural northwestern Oklahoma paralyzed by days of wind-whipped wildfires expressed fear a blaze could overrun their home Wednesday, as firefighters battling the deadly fires there and in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico found some relief at the promise of easing of dangerous weather conditions.
There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, but it obscures where it's coming from: Don Blankenship's U.S. Senate campaign.
Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.
The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales has nearly ended with zero newborns spotted in the past four months - a reproductive drought that scientists who study the fragile species haven't seen in three decades.
A New Jersey appeals court on Monday turned down a request from environmental groups and a former state senator to undo a $225 million pollution settlement between the state and Exxon Mobil.
COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.
Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.