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GOP Senator Seeks Major Overhaul of Endangered Species Act

Conservation groups criticize 'partisan bill' for prioritizing politics over science

Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, released draft legislation Monday to significantly overhaul the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Photo by David Hinkel / US Fish and Wildlife Service Senator Barrasso has introduced a proposal that would give states more authority over the…
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by: Lorraine Chow – July 3, 2018

Study Finds 73% of Deep Water Fish Ingested Microplastics

The sampled fish may have originated from a particularly polluted patch of the Atlantic Ocean

Marine scientists from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway found the plastic bits in 73 percent of 233 deep-sea fish collected from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean—one of the highest microplastic frequencies in fish ever recorded worldwide. Photo by NOAA Oceans…
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by: Lorraine Chow – February 19, 2018

EPA Says Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer, Contradicting World Health Organization Panel

Risk assessment does acknowledge potential risks for plants and wildlife exposed to the chemical

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Monday a human health and ecological draft risk assessment for glyphosate, concluding that the widely used — and highly controversial — pesticide is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans." Photo by Chafer Machinery, Flickr According to…
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by: Lorraine Chow – December 19, 2017

EPA Holding Only Public Hearing on Clean Power Plan Repeal in Heart of Coal Country

Coal miners and environmental advocates will face off over landmark climate regulation

Sarting Tuesday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold its only public hearing on the proposal to dismantle the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the coal-producing state of West Virginia.  photo by Delta Whiskey, FlickrA mountain-top removal coal mine in West Virginia. The CPP,…
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by: Lorraine Chow – November 28, 2017

Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

Campaigners condemn reversal, fear it will set back global efforts to stem the ivory trade

The Trump administration has agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the US, a reversal of an Obama-era ban. photo by Steven dosRemediosElephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. The Trump administration has reversed a ban elephant…
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by: Lorraine Chow – November 16, 2017

Judge Awards Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Builder Rights to Seize Last Five Holdout Properties

Company granted possession of land held by nuns who built chapel in the pipeline’s path

Builders of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline now possess the five remaining holdout properties in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, following a federal judge's decision Wednesday. The ruling from Judge Jeffrey Schmehl granted Transcontinental Pipe Line Co.'s (Transco) motion to condemn the rights of way…
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by: Lorraine Chow – August 24, 2017

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