Senate passes major bill, allocating $9.5 billion for national parks

Bipartisan legislation to fix up national parks and fully fund efforts to acquire and protect federal recreation holdings was seen as a way to help a pair of Western senators hold on to their seats.
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Senate moves toward preserving public lands, and political careers

Despite some resistance within their ranks, Republicans are pushing a popular public lands bill that could help endangered colleagues, with an eye toward protecting their majority in November.

Pressed by climate activists, Senate Democrats plan to ‘go on offense’

Senator Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats plan daily floor speeches on climate change, a special select committee and climate legislation to run on next year — and enact in 2021.

Joe Manchin faces liberal opposition in bid to be energy panel’s top Democrat

The West Virginia senator’s support for coal has drawn fire from progressives, who say he should not be given a big voice in the party’s climate change policy.

Trump urges West Virginians to vote against coal baron

The president tweeted that Mr. Blankenship’s opponents have a better chance of beating the incumbent Democratic senator, Joe Manchin.

G.O.P. karma in West Virginia

If a man who spent a year in prison for violating mine safety standards wins the Republican Senate primary, it would be just what the party deserves.

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s rule-cutting E.P.A. chief, plots his political future

Mr. Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps the presidency.

Coal country divides over an unrepentant boss’s Senate bid

In West Virginia, the name of Don Blankenship, former head of Massey Energy, can evoke hopes for bygone prosperity or the anguish of a deadly disaster.
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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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