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Environmental groups sue feds to protect Nassau grouper habitat in Florida, elsewhere

Three conservation organizations have sued the federal government for not protecting the nearshore habitat for a threatened fish, the Nassau grouper. The groups say the Nassau grouper is threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change.

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After a years-long crisis, the lead levels in Pittsburgh’s water finally meet federal compliance

For the first time in four years, the lead levels in Pittsburgh’s drinking water are compliant with federal standards.
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Climate

A 'green interest rate?' Fed digs into climate change economics

In their deliberations on monetary policy, Federal Reserve policymakers need to consider many factors, but up to now, climate change has not been one of them.

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Water

Meet the feds who track changes in the nation's wetlands

Chief scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory, Megan Lang leads a team working to track wetlands changes across the country.

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Climate

Finance Minister Morneau “puts price on pollution”

In Bill Morneau's last five years as federal Finance Minister, "We've spent more on flood and fire disaster relief than in the 40 years before that."

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Toxics

Inside the Trump administration's chaotic dismantling of the federal land agency

Internal records from the BLM contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.

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Food

Trump administration's new hog slaughterhouse rules may risk 'more contamination and food safety recalls'

The updated procedures let meat companies kill pigs as quickly as they want and pass inspection responsibilities from government officials to plant employees.
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Biodiversity

Trump officials broke law by using entrance fees to keep parks open, GAO says

“Instead of carrying out the law, Interior improperly imposed its own will,” the Government Accountability Office concluded Thursday.
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Toxics

West Virginia bets big on plastics, and on backing of Trump Administration

The state’s leaders want a federal loan guarantee to build a giant chemical storage plant that could cost as much as $10 billion.
Toxics

Canadian oilsands pollute much more than they report, fed scientists say

A report compiled by Environment Canada shows that four fossil fuel facilities in northern Alberta produced far more carbon dioxide and other pollutants than they are required to report under international guidelines.
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Biodiversity

Cliven Bundy to appeal lawsuit judge calls 'delusional'

A Nevada state judge rebuffed rancher Cliven Bundy's latest bid to force the federal government to cede control of 56 million acres of public lands in the Silver State, characterizing the lawsuit as "simply delusional."
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Climate

Saskatchewan does not deny climate change, says government lawyer at court challenge

Saskatchewan is against the federal government’s plan to enforce a carbon tax on the province and argues it is unconstitutional because it’s not applied evenly in all jurisdictions.
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Water

Trump Jr. invested in a hydroponic lettuce company whose chair was seeking Trump administration funds

The president’s eldest son last year became the most prominent shareholder in an indoor-lettuce farm while the company’s co-chairman, a friend of Donald Trump Jr.’s and presidential fundraiser, sought federal support for his other business interests.
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Energy

Another court ruling against a West Virginia pipeline

A federal appeals court has revoked a key approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Now, state regulators are working to change the rules - again - so it can proceed.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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