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EPA Proposes Delaying Air Pollution Rule Despite ‘Disproportionate’ Effect on Children – June 15, 2017

Omaba administration measure meant to prevent leaks from oil and gas industry

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying a federal air pollution rule for two years, despite acknowledging that children will be disproportionately harmed by the decision.

The regulator plans to suspend standards aimed at preventing leaks from the oil and gas industry while it reconsiders the rule, which was introduced in June 2016 under Barack Obama’s administration.

photo of oil drillingPhoto by CGP Grey, Flickr Oil pumps in California. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying an air pollution rule meant to decrease leaks from the oil and gas industry.

In its announcement of the proposed stay, the… more

by: The Guardian

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‘We’re Collateral Damage,’ Say Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents of Industrial Development – June 6, 2017

The shadow of Trump’s deregulation push looms as St James residents fight chemical plants, pipelines, and laissez-faire policies

“We’re sick of being sick, we’re tired of being tired,” said Pastor Harry Joseph of Mount Triumph Baptist Church, which serves this sleepy riverside town of about 1,000 residents, mostly poor and African American. Once a bucolic village of pasturelands and sugarcane fields on the banks of the Mississippi, St James, Louisiana, is now a densely packed industrial zone in the heart of Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, commonly referred to as “Cancer Alley.”

photo of St James Parish, LouisianaPhoto by Benjamin White About ten years ago, St James, Louisiana was rezoned from residential to industrial, paving the way for highly concentrated development and exposing… more

by: The Guardian

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Abandoning Paris Climate Accord Marks Trump’s Return to Angry Populism – June 2, 2017

In Trump’s darkest speech since the ‘American carnage’ inaugural address, the world was presented as something to fear

Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change treaty is the most emphatic answer to date on the question the rest of the world has been asking since January: What does “America first” mean?

“I am elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president declared in the White House rose garden, after a jazz group had entertained the invited audience.

photo of smokestackPhoto by Dave Sizer On June 1, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

With those words, the US joined Nicaragua and Syria in rejection… more

by: The Guardian

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US Army Veterans Find Peace in Protecting Rhinos from Poaching – May 30, 2017

In South Africa, former soldiers are fighting both the illegal wildlife trade and the twin scourges of unemployment and PTSD

The sun has set over the scrubby savannah. The moon is full. It is time for Ryan Tate and his men to go to work. In camouflage fatigues, they check their weapons and head to the vehicles.

Somewhere beyond the ring of light cast by the campfire, out in the vast dark expanse of thornbushes, baobab trees, rocks and grass, are the rhinos. Somewhere, too, may be the poachers who will kill them to get their precious horns.

photo of rhinos in South Africaphoto Frye MaelVeterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife is employing American veterans in the fight to protect South Africa's rhinos. more

by: The Guardian

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Europe’s Last Major Primeval Forest on ‘Brink of Collapse’ – May 24, 2017

State-sanctioned logging in UNESCO world heritage site may be pushing Poland's Białowieża forest ecosystem to point of no return

Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse” one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old growth areas.

photo of Bialowieza National Park Photo by Jacek Karczmarz Logging activity in Poland's Białowieża forest threatens the primeval woodlands that provide habitat to rare species.

Large parts of the forest, which spans Poland’s eastern border with Belarus and contains some of Europe’s last remaining primeval woodland, are subject… more

by: The Guardian

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