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"BLM Proposals Would End Coal Leasing In Powder River Basin"

"The Interior Department issued plans Thursday to throttle future coal mining in the nation’s largest coal-producing region." "The Bureau of Land Management proposal would end new federal coal leases in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, which dominates U.S. coal production."

Source: E&E News, 05/17/2024

"DeSantis Signs Bill Scrubbing ‘Climate Change’ From Florida Law"

"Florida will eliminate climate change as a priority in making energy policy decisions, despite the threats it faces from powerful hurricanes, extreme heat and worsening toxic algae blooms."

Source: Washington Post, 05/16/2024

There's An Off-Season Viral Surge In California Wastewater. Is It Avian Flu?

"An unusual surge in flu viruses detected at wastewater treatment plants in California and other parts of the country is raising concerns among some experts that H5N1 bird flu may be spreading farther and faster than health officers initially thought."

Source: LA Times, 05/16/2024

"New Mexico Loophole May Allow Record Methane Releases"

"In the first two months of the year, the pipeline company Targa Northern Delaware vented more climate-damaging natural gas from its operations in New Mexico than all other oil and gas producers in the state combined — 250% more, an amount equivalent to the carbon footprint of nearly 26,000 gasoline-powered cars driven for a year."

Source: Capital & Main, 05/16/2024

"As Insurers Around the US Bleed Cash From Climate Shocks, Homeowners Lose"

"The owner of this home in Iowa, a state once considered low-risk, was dropped by his insurance company last year. ... As climate change produces more extreme weather, insurers are losing money, even in states with low hurricane and wildfire danger."

Source: NYTimes, 05/15/2024

Whistleblower Raps Mistakes In EPA Use Of Sensor Plane At Ohio Derailment

"The U.S. government has a specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors that officials brag is always ready to deploy within an hour of any kind of chemical disaster. But the plane didn’t fly over eastern Ohio until four days after the disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment there last year."

Source: AP, 05/15/2024

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