"There's more methane gas in the atmosphere than there used to be, by every scientific measure. The Obama administration has been trying to stem the increase of this powerful greenhouse gas, but the incoming Trump administration appears bent on keeping the government's hands off methane."
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"President-elect Donald Trump’s energy agenda is shaping up to be a years-long effort to undo President Obama’s policies."Source: The Hill, 01/04/2017
"2016 has crushed the record for hottest year, set way back in 2015, which itself smashed the previous record for hottest year that was set in 2014."Source: Think Progress, 01/04/2017
"U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers will participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the last few dozen of Mexico's critically endangered vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction."Source: AP, 01/04/2017
"The head of the Department of Environmental Quality will stay at the agency, despite an incoming Democratic administration."
"A top state environmental regulator who has urged Trump to rein in the EPA and has been criticized for his lenient treatment of polluters, stepped down over the holidays - giving himself a staff position that will be protected under the new North Carolina administration.Source: AP, 01/04/2017
"EPA's revised Worker Protection Standard is scheduled to take effect on Monday (Jan. 2), but the new rules face an uncertain future in the new administration."Source: Delta Farm Press, 01/04/2017
"Droughts are already getting longer and more severe because of human-caused climate change in the American Southwest and around the world. But the drought-climate connection goes both ways: California's prolonged dry spell has also made climate change a little bit worse."Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/04/2017
"House Republicans are endorsing a procedural change to make it easier for Congress to transfer federal land to state or local government agencies."Source: The Hill, 01/04/2017
"A new law in Michigan will prohibit local governments from banning, regulating or imposing fees on the use of plastic bags and other containers. You read that correctly: It’s not a ban on plastic bags — it’s a ban on banning plastic bags."Source: Wash Post, 01/04/2017
"House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail."Source: NY Times, 01/03/2017
"A new, Republican-controlled U.S. Congress convenes on Tuesday eager to repeal major portions of President Barack Obama's healthcare law and roll back environmental and financial industry regulations, but could quickly become embroiled in fights over President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet choices."Source: Newsweek, 01/03/2017
"Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on a previously applied pesticide, causing a reaction that produced toxic phosphine gas, officials in Amarillo, Texas, said."Source: CNN, 01/03/2017
"Five people died Monday when violent storms barreled through the South, causing power outages, flooding and downed power lines."Source: USA TODAY, 01/03/2017
"With corporate funding of research, 'there’s no scientist who comes out of this unscathed.'"Source: NY Times, 01/03/2017
"Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam aimed at benefiting Montana and North Dakota farmers that critics say could kill off a dwindling population of a fish species dating to the time of dinosaurs."Source: AP, 01/03/2017