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Outgoing EPA Chief Gina McCarthy Reveals Fears Trump Administration Will Halt Climate Action – January 20, 2017

EPA staff are ‘nervous’ after the president-elect promised to reduce the environment agency to ‘tidbits’

There is “nervousness” among Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff that Donald Trump’s incoming administration will sideline science and reverse action on climate change, according to the agency’s outgoing administrator, Gina McCarthy.

photo of Gina McCarthyPhoto by Chesapeake Bay Program, FlickrGina McCarthy admitted EPA staff are nervous that Donald Trump's administration will reverse action on climate change, but said that the administration will face resistance if it rejects climate science. 

McCarthy told The Guardian that the Trump administration would face resistance from multiple fronts if it ran counter to a widespread shift to renewable energy, as well as scientific opinion, by rejecting climate science and… more

by: The Guardian

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Protests Escalate Over Louisiana Pipeline by Company Behind Dakota Access – January 16, 2017

Residents are making themselves heard about the disputed Bayou Bridge pipeline

Scott Eustis did not stop smiling for hours. The coastal wetland specialist with the Gulf Restoration Network was attending a public hearing in Baton Rouge. Its subject was a pipeline extension that would run directly through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest natural swamp. Eustis was surprised to be joined by more than 400 others.

photo of Atchafalaya SwampPhoto by Matt Northam, Flickr If approved, the Bayou Bridge pipeline extension would pass through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest natural swamp.

“This is like 50 times the amount of people we have at most of these… more

by: The Guardian

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Millions in China Start New Year Shrouded in Toxic Smog – January 2, 2017

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing pollution climbed as high as 24 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization

Millions in China rang in the New Year shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog, causing road closures and flight cancellations as 24 cities issued alerts that will last through much of the week.

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing, concentrations of tiny particles that penetrate deep into the lungs climbed as high as 24 times levels recommended by the World Health Organization. More than 100 flights were cancelled and all intercity buses were halted at the capital’s airport.

photo of smog in BeijingPhoto by LWYang, FlickrToxic smog triggered health alterts and flight cancellations across much… more

by: The Guardian

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Brazil Budget Cuts Put Uncontacted Tribes at Risk, Say Activists – December 23, 2016

Indigenous people may also face threat from proposed change to land laws

An uncontacted Amazon tribe could be at risk as Brazil makes austerity-driven budget cuts and proposals for constitutional change affecting land rights move through parliament, campaigners have said.

The tribe was photographed from a helicopter by Ricardo Stuckert this month near the border with Peru.

photo of uncontacted tribePhoto by Gleilson Miranda/Secretaria de Comunicação do Estado do Acre An uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Acre state, photographed in 2012. Budget could put tribes like this and the uncontacted group photographed earlier this month in the Amazon at risk.

“These are dark times if… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Bans New Oil and Gas Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic Oceans – December 21, 2016

Decision will be difficult for successors to reverse

Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a last-ditch effort to lock in environmental protections before he hands over to Donald Trump.

Obama used a 1953 law that allows presidents to block the sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse the decision.

photo of oil rigPhoto by Backbone Campaign, FlickrA rig docked in Seattle last year en route to the Arctic to explore for oil. Climate activists, including a flotilla of kayakers, tried prevent its departure.

However, Obama’s… more

by: The Guardian

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