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Floods and Erosion Are Ruining Britain’s Most Significant Sites – February 7, 2017

From Wordsworth’s gardens to the salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites and harming wildlife habitat, finds report

Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report.

Floods and erosion are damaging historic places, while warmer temperatures are seeing salmon vanishing from famous rivers and birds no longer visiting important wetlands.

photo of ShanghaiPhoto by loki973, Flickr, Flickr Over the last 50 years, about 67 centimeters of the white cliff's on England's south coast have been eroded each year. During the winter storms of 2013 to 2014, the equivalent of seven years of erosion occurred in just two… more

by: The Guardian

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Over 70 Arrested at Standing Rock as Company Aims to Finish Dakota Access Pipeline – February 2, 2017

Arrests came one day after federal officials suggested that government could soon approve the final stage of construction

North Dakota police have arrested 76 people at Standing Rock one day after federal officials suggested that the government could soon approve the final stage of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The arrests occurred after a group of activists, who call themselves water protectors, established a new camp near the pipeline construction.

Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County sheriff’s office, told The Guardian on Wednesday night that it was too soon to say what charges were being filed. In a statement, he claimed that a “rogue group of protesters” had trespassed on private property.

photo of Lake TiticacaPhoto by Dark Sevier,… more

by: The Guardian

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Republicans Move to Sell Off 3.3 Million Acres of Public Land – January 31, 2017

Land totaling the size of Connecticut has been targeted in new House bill, uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition

Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced what the Wilderness Society is calling “step two” in the GOP’s plan to offload federal lands.

photo of Organ Mountains Desert Peak National MonumentPhoto by Bureau of Land Management, FlickrOrgan Mountains Desert Peak National Monument, designated in 2014, is one of several national monuments located in counties with large swathes of BLM land designated for sale. 

The new piece of legislation would direct the interior secretary to immediately sell off an area of public land… more

by: The Guardian

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Trump Administration Tells Federal Agencies to Halt Communications – January 25, 2017

President has banned EPA employees from 'providing updates on social media or to reporters,' say reports

Editor's Note: It is not uncommon for new administrations to assume swift control of government communications. Still, the extent of the limitations imposed by the Trump Administration, paired with the fact that they seem targeted at agencies working on environmental policy, has many scientists and environmentalists alarmed.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders by the Trump administration, according to documents obtained by news organizations.

photo of TrumpPhoto by Gage Skidmore/FlickrAt least five federal agencies have been ordered silent by the Trump administration in as many days.

The president has… more

by: The Guardian

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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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