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FBI Joins EPA in Investigating Flint Water Crisis for Criminal Violations – February 3, 2016

FBI spokeswoman says agency’s role is ‘investigating the matter to determine if there have been any federal violations’ in lead contamination of drinking water

The FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, officials said on Tuesday.

photo of people listening in a meetingcourtesy of Flint Water StudyThe Michigan civil rights commission plans to hold hearings to explore whether the civil rights of Flint residents were violated.

Also on Tuesday, it was announced that Darnell Early, the state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched, will leave his current role in Detroit’s troubled school district four-and-a-half months early.

A slew of local, state… more

by: The Guardian

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Copenhagen’s Mayor Announces Plans to Divest City from Fossil Fuels – January 29, 2016

Denmark's capital will withdraw investment fund out of all holdings in coal, oil, and gas if proposal is approved

Copenhagen’s mayor has announced plans to divest the city’s 6.9 billion kroner (£700 million) investment fund of all holdings in coal, oil and gas.

If his proposal is approved at a finance committee meeting next Tuesday, as expected, the Danish capital will become the country’s first investment fund to sell its stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.

Photo of Tony WebsterPhoto by Alan HoppsIf the mayor’s plan is approved, the Danish capital will become the country’s first investment fund to sell its stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.

“Copenhagen is at the forefront of world cities in the green transition, and… more

by: The Guardian

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What Is Your Nitrogen Footprint, and Who Is it Impacting? – January 25, 2016

For the first time, researchers calculate average reactive nitrogen emissions for people from 188 countries

You’ve heard of managing your carbon footprint. But how about your nitrogen footprint? Emissions of reactive nitrogen into the environment have increased more than 10-fold over the past 150 years, contribute to deaths from air pollution and water pollution, and have countless other impacts including acid rain and degradation of ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo of FertilizerPhoto by AgriLife Today Limiting emissions from nitrogen fertilizers has proved difficult.

Now, for the first time, researchers have calculated the average nitrogen footprint of people from 188 countries, as well as where exactly… more

by: The Guardian

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Two Anti-Logging Advocates First to be Charged Under Tasmania’s Anti-Protest Laws – January 20, 2016

Protesters arrested at planned clearcut site in northwest Tasmania

Two healthcare workers protesting against the clearfelling of native forest in Tasmania have become the first people charged under the state’s controversial anti-protest laws.

John Henshaw, 66, and Jessica Hoyt, 35, were in a group of nine protesters who walked on to a Forestry Tasmania coup at Lapoinya, 37 kilometers from Burnie in northwest Tasmania, on Monday.

Photo of Forest Northwest TasmaniaPhoto from Forest of Lapoinya Action Group Facebook Forestry Tasmania plans to clearcut 49 acres of forest in Lapoinya

Earlier this month, Forestry Tasmania bulldozers moved into the area, which is home to the endangered Tasmanian giant freshwater lobster and according to locals… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Will Look for ‘Every Opportunity’ to Push Climate Plans in 2016, Experts Say – December 29, 2015

The president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office, and Congress can do little to stop him

Barack Obama will defend the Paris climate change agreement and forge ahead on his environmental agenda until his final days in the White House, according to analysts. And there is very little Obama’s opponents in Congress can do to stop him — unless they win the elections and install a Republican in the White House in 2017.

Photo of President Obama COP21 Photo by COP PARIS After an epic year in 2015, including the Paris climate agreement in December, Obama is expected to keep pushing his climate agenda in 2016.

Republicans’ initial attempts to derail the Paris agreement fell flat,… more

by: The Guardian

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