Israeli ambassador speaks to Kerry, vows cooperation to fight climate change

Israel Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan says he just got off the phone with the Biden administration's climate envoy, John Kerry, during which they discussed "the environmental challenges we are facing."

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What’s on Interior’s to-do list? A full plate of public lands issues - and Trump rollbacks - for Deb Haaland

The Interior nominee would be the first Native American cabinet secretary if she wins Senate confirmation following hearings that begin Tuesday.

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Committee set to become energy, environment battleground

The Senate Democratic takeover and several retirements will make the Appropriations panel fertile ground for some of the sharpest debates over President Biden's energy and environmental agenda.
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D.C. Circuit 'legend' creates major opening for Biden pick

Judge David Tatel, who served on the nation's most prominent appeals court for 27 years and had a hand in many major environmental cases, is stepping aside.
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Pruitt: Trump asked, 'Should we shut down the agency?'

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt delved into his legacy at his official portrait unveiling last month and recalled discouraging Donald Trump, then the president-elect, from shutting down the agency.
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Tracking environmental actions under Biden

After less than a month in office, President Biden has already made climate change a priority across the federal government and started working to overturn more than 100 environmental actions taken by the Trump administration.

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Biden’s EPA nominee Michael Regan will inherit a mess after 4 years of Trump

Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who presided over the weakening of critical regulations to limit climate change at the EPA, will soon be replaced by someone who has climate change as a central pillar of his agenda.

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Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule

A federal judge in Montana ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to fast-track a controversial rule about how the Environmental Protection Agency considers scientific evidence, endangering its future under the Biden administration.

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Joe Biden executive orders: A new goal to triple protected lands and ocean waters

Biden took the next leap in pursuing his climate agenda Wednesday, signing the latest in a spate of environment-focused executive orders. One of the most ambitious goals buried in the order he put forward is to conserve nearly a third of US land and ocean waters by 2030.

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Trump administration loosens a host environmental protections

The Trump administration went on a final spree of environmental rollbacks with just days left in office, scaling back standards for equipment Americans use to heat their homes, habitat for the northern spotted owl, and protections for conservation lands in California and Utah.
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What Merrick Garland as attorney general means for the environment

President-elect Joe Biden's pick for attorney general, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick B. Garland, is set to bring deep expertise on environmental law to the Justice Department.

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What will Utah’s energy landscape look like under Biden?

Will it spur technological advancements to emphasize an embrace of clean energy or will it cost more than a trillion dollars without tangible benefits that accrue to Utah?
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New Mexico lawmakers aim to define 'environmental rights'

A group of New Mexico lawmakers sought to strengthen protections for the state's environment and natural resources through a joint resolution pre-filed ahead of the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.

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117th Congress opens to new energy, environment fights

The new Congress opened to an uncertain political landscape yesterday, with a tight vote for the House speakership and Senate control still up in the air. It may all lead to a delay and scaling down of President-elect Joe Biden's agenda and Democratic hopes for major climate legislation.
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White House appears to conclude review of EPA 'secret science' rule

The White House appears to have concluded its review of an Environmental Protection Agency rule that's expected to limit the types of scientific research the agency can consider in its rulemaking process.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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