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"Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science"

"President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis. Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault."

Source: NY Times, 05/28/2019

EPA Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

"Newly released emails show that Environmental Protection Agency scientists raised strong objections to a 2018 decision by Scott Pruitt, who was head of the agency at the time, to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog."

Source: NY Times, 05/27/2019

"5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos"

"If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos."

Source: Wired, 05/24/2019

"US EPA Struggles To Replace Animal Tests For Pesticide Toxicity"

"In early 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency set an immediate goal to reduce the number of animals used to test the toxicity of pesticides. The agency claims that it is making significant progress toward meeting that goal, but manufacturers are still using tens of thousands of laboratory animals each year to demonstrate that new pesticides entering the US marketplace meet safety standards."

Source: C&EN, 05/23/2019

SEJ in Press Freedom Case, Chem Secrecy Bill Fails and More

SEJ joined with several dozen other journalism groups to support the right to film police activity in a public place, and bills to block information of importance to environmental reporters failed in Louisiana, California and Iowa, but a Colorado paper was blocked from covering a wild horse roundup. All that in this month’s WatchDog Tipsheet.

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EPA Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

"The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans."

Source: NY Times, 05/21/2019

"EPA Cuts Off Funding For Kids' Health Research Centers"

"Despite repeatedly expressing public support for children's health, EPA is ending funding for a network of research centers focused on environmental threats to kids, imperiling several long-running studies of pollutants' effects on child development."

Source: Greenwire, 05/21/2019

Bankruptcy Docs Show Major Coal Company Funded Climate Change Denialism

"The bankruptcy of one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming."

Source: The Intercept, 05/20/2019

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