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Why Does Green California Pump the Dirtiest Oil in the U.S.?

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Jane Goodall: Stop destroying the planet or 'we may not even be on it anymore'

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ALDOT proposal to alleviate Highway 280 traffic could threaten drinking water supply

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Federal judge to Flint: Time's up, pick a safe, long-term drinking water source now

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Trump's EPA Swears Off Settling Lawsuits With Environmentalists

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'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital
OSLO (Reuters) - Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. “Biodiversity is absolutely central to human well-being” as the source of everything from food to medicines, said Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)   Read More ...
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Fighting Extinction: Researching and Designing Solutions to Protect Endangered Species
The African wild dog. The Asian elephant. The Eastern lowland gorilla. These are just three of the many vertebrate species facing possible extinction because of human activities. Is there anything we can do to protect endangered species, and slow overall extinction rates? In this lesson, students use Times reporting to learn about how human activity threatens the Earth’s biodiversity, and they research possible solutions that weigh environmental, economic and social concerns   Read More ...
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Why Does Green California Pump the Dirtiest Oil in the U.S.?
California may be a leader in climate policies, but much of its abundant oil reserves are nearly as carbon-intensive to extract and refine as Alberta tar sands crude. Many experts now say that reform of the state’s methods of producing oil is long overdue. On New Year’s Day, 1909, a grocer named Julius Fried and his novice drilling crew, the Lakeview Oil Company, spudded a well in the desert valley scrub in the Midway-Sunset oil field, 110 miles north of Los Angeles   Read More ...
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William Turnage, Who Reinvented the Wilderness Society, Is Dead at 74
Mr. Turnage began his conservation work when the president was Jimmy Carter, whose friendly environmental policy was illustrated by the enactment in 1980 of the so-called Alaska Lands Act. The legislation, spearheaded by Mr. Carter’s interior secretary, Cecil D. Andrus, designated more than 100 million acres for national parks, wildlife refuge and wilderness. “Seward bought Alaska and Andrus saved it,” Mr   Read More ...
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Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report
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Controlled fires planned for Ninigret wildlife refuge
Donita Naylor Journal Staff Writer donita22 CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Controlled burns will be done in parts of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge between now and Dec. 30, depending on when conditions will be just right for three to five consecutive days. A news release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Rhode Island said native plants and wildlife habitat benefit from controlled burning, which also helps manage invasive species and reduce the danger of wildfires   Read More ...
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Protect Alaska’s Last Great Wilderness From Oil Drilling
Few landscapes remain virtually untrammeled by the growing impact of the planet’s seven and a half billion inhabitants — places where the natural environment is so overwhelmingly intact and truly wild that coming across so much as a boot print is a surprise. It seems unlikely in this day and age, but such areas do still exist. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one such place   Read More ...
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Jane Goodall: Stop destroying the planet or 'we may not even be on it anymore'
Using rare footage from Goodall's research in the jungle, this new documentary focuses on her revolutionary discoveries, her relationships with her cameraman and husband and of course, the chimpanzees she studied. LOS ANGELES — Iconic conservationist Jane Goodall has a chilling warning for all of us Earth dwellers: Stop pillaging the planet or "we may not even be on it anymore   Read More ...
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ALDOT proposal to alleviate Highway 280 traffic could threaten drinking water supply
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — Despite the vast environmental benefits forests provide, sometimes, there's just no way to get around them - literally. A new ALDOT proposal aims to make life easier for people living near Highway 280, but it comes at the potential cost of harming the drinking water supply. The Cahaba River Society says ALDOT's new proposal to build a road through the forest between 280 and Sicard Hollow Road threatens the area's potable water   Read More ...
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Judge tells Flint, Michigan, to pick long-term water source
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next week, saying the City Council so far is showing a "breathtaking" lack of leadership. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015   Read More ...
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Judge tells Flint, Michigan, to pick long-term water source
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next week, saying the City Council so far is showing a "breathtaking" lack of leadership. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015   Read More ...
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Federal judge tells Flint to pick long-term drinking water source by Monday
FLINT, Mich. - A federal judge has ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next Monday, as in Oct. 23. Judge David Lawson said Tuesday that the Flint City Council has committed a "breathtaking" failure of leadership in its dealings with the state of Michigan. More Flint Water Crisis Headlines Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional agency   Read More ...
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Federal judge to Flint: Time's up, pick a safe, long-term drinking water source now
FLINT WATER CRISIS AG Bill Schuette on investigation into Gov. Snyder | 1:51 In an interview with the Free Press, Attorney General Bill Schuette was asked about his team’s investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder regarding the Flint water crisis. Here’s what he had to say. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. FLINT WATER CRISIS Who is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the Flint water crisis? | 1:22 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today filed new, more serious charges in the Flint Water Crisis investigation, but also said the case is shifting to a new phase   Read More ...
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Budget cuts leave Alabama Forestry Commission locations understaffed
Ala. (WIAT) — Budget cuts are forcing the Alabama Forestry Commission to deal with a smaller workforce during October and November, a time in the year they say they are busy fighting wildfires. The Shelby County and Talladega County Alabama Forestry locations do not have any staff at their offices. Alabama Forestry Commission Regional Forester Jason Dockery tells CBS 42 they usually have two or three people at each of these locations   Read More ...
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Jarbidge Wilderness
is certainly one of the most remote areas in Nevada and arguably the most spectacular. Quietly tucked away in the very northeast corner of Nevada, the Jarbidge Wilderness area is comprised of an unimaginable 113,000 acres with nearly 100 miles of hiking trails. Dishing up untouched natural beauty that just wont quit, the Jarbidge Wilderness area was designated as Nevada’s first wilderness area in 1964 but has slowly expanded throughout the years   Read More ...
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Puerto Ricans struggle to find safe drinking water - Dauer: 3 Minuten, 17 Sekunden
Some Puerto Ricans are resorting to desperate and potentially dangerous measures to collect water from parts of the island that are polluted with industrial chemicals. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
Caguas, Puerto Rico — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight   Read More ...
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Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives
Mothers with higher exposure to some particulates had newborns with significantly lower telomere length Reduction of fine-particle air pollution levels may promote longevity, researchers say But other experts caution that more study is needed Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight   Read More ...
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Air Pollution May Make Babies' Cells Age Faster
There’s growing evidence that exposure to air pollution can have a number of unhealthy consequences, from cancer to heart disease and respiratory illnesses. In recent years, researchers have also linked air pollution exposure to faster aging in adult cells . In a , an international group of researchers conducted the first detailed look at pollution’s effect on developing babies in utero   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight   Read More ...
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Trump's EPA Swears Off Settling Lawsuits With Environmentalists
The Trump administration moved Monday to curb settlements with environmentalists, instead vowing to fight cases designed to force the Environmental Protection Agency to take action. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is ending a "sue-and-settle" practice that has resulted in committing the agency to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries, among other things. “As of today with this directive and the memorandum, we’re no longer going to be involved in that practice,” Pruitt told reporters at a briefing Monday   Read More ...
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Project saved central Oregon homes from wildfires, but can it be duplicated?
SISTERS -- Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing environmental, logging and recreational interests arranged to thin part of the overgrown forest, creating a buffer zone around Sisters   Read More ...
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Women Code Breakers, a World of Endangered Species and Other New Science Books
Endangered. Photographs by Tim Flach. Text by Jonathan Baillie. Abrams Books, 2017 ($65) We have entered into the sixth great extinction of the earth's species, according to many biologists. The previous five were caused by natural events—meteorite impacts and global temperature change—but this latest is decidedly human-generated, primarily through habitat destruction. Around 20 percent of all species on the planet are now threatened with extinction   Read More ...
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Consultant recommends stormwater fee for Carlisle
A consultant hired by Carlisle to conduct a stormwater funding feasibility study has recommended the borough ramp up its spending on the stormwater system and enact a fee to cover the additional funding. North Carolina-based Raftelis Financial Consultants made the recommendations in its final report to the borough council at its meeting Thursday. The borough contracted with Raftelis in March to evaluate stormwater revenue needs in the borough and funding options for system maintenance and improvements   Read More ...
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Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project shows targeted thinning, burns can save homes
SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing environmental, logging and recreational interests arranged to thin part of the overgrown forest, creating a buffer zone around Sisters   Read More ...
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PBS airs anti- Pruitt documentary funded by environmentalist group backer
close A new PBS Frontline documentary that paints Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt as a tool for the fossil fuel industry received major funding from a group that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to environmentalist activists like the Sierra Club. The documentary, "War on the EPA," received major support from the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on the environment and sustainability   Read More ...
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Navy pays $4.9M in fees, partners with conservation groups
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - The Navy has partnered with conservation organizations to preserve more than 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of Jefferson County land that's in areas near ongoing naval operations. The Kitsap Sun reported Saturday that the Navy paid land easement fees of $4.92 million to obtain usage rights for the land. Naval Base Kitsap Community Planning Liaison Officer Lynn Wall says the partnership supports agricultural land and helps develop agribusiness   Read More ...
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America Heads Toward Solar Energy Tariffs, Will This Derail Environmentalists?
The first half of 2017 represented a huge increase in solar energy usage worldwide. The U.S. also headed in an Eco-friendly direction by boosting solar power to of the nation’s total energy production. This is much lower than the global average, which places a huge emphasis on producing approximately 65 percent of all new power from renewables, but it is twice as much solar power as the U   Read More ...
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SCOTUS Hears Clean Water Rule
Brigida Santos talks about how Trump’s administration aims to repeal Obama’s clean water rule of 2015 that protects about 2 million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands. Find RT America in your area: Or watch us online: Like us on Facebook.   Read More ...
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Lake Forest firefighters rescue nearly a dozen from submerged vehicles
At least ten people were rescued from submerged vehicles Saturday in Lake Forest after heavy rain caused flooding, officials said. No one was reported injured, a Lake Forest fire department spokesman said, but flood conditions prompted rescues on Illinois Route 41 near Deerpath Road and on Washington Circle. Some of those rescued were brought back to the local fire department to dry off and warm up, he said   Read More ...
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Company cited over gas contamination in wetland
The Livingston Daily Press and Argus reports the Department of Environmental Quality received complaints of a gasoline smell where a 42-inch pipeline crosses the wetland. The pipeline, operated by the company Energy Transfer, will eventually transport natural gas across three states, though it is not currently in use. But state officials say drainage work related to the project likely stirred up contamination from an old service station in the area   Read More ...
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Trump to nominate climate change doubter as top environmental adviser
President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency   Read More ...
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Green groups criticize Trump pick for White House environmental policy post
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green groups on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for choosing a nominee for White House environmental panel who wrote in an opinion article last year that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. The White House said on Thursday that Trump had nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, who served as Texas’s top environmental regulator under the state’s former governor, U   Read More ...
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Environmentalist's comments about miners in New York Times Magazine story causes uproar on Iron Range
A story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine has exploded already simmering tensions between environmentalists and mining advocates on the Iron Range. Reid Carron, a clean water advocate who lives in Ely, is quoted in the lengthy article — about the conflict over copper-nickel mining — disparaging mining advocates: "They want somebody to just give them a job so they can all drink beer with their buddies and go four-wheeling and snowmobiling with their buddies, not have to think about anything except punching a clock   Read More ...
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9 months after last meeting, WV drinking water panel resumes work
Nine months after its last meeting, a special state commission charged with overseeing the protection of West Virginia's drinking water on Friday resumed its work, as a mid-December deadline looms for filing its latest annual report to the Legislature. Members of the state Public Water System Supply Study Commission are charged with reviewing state laws, policies and practices to try to help avoid a repeat of the Jan   Read More ...
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Trump to nominate climate doubter as adviser
Washington — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump’s energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency   Read More ...
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Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency   Read More ...
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Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency   Read More ...
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