"Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth."
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- Source: AP, 04/11/2018
"Federal environmental regulators have reached a long-awaited agreement with the owners of a polluted toxic waste site in Texas that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey, releasing dangerous chemicals into a river."Source: AP, 04/11/2018
"Southern California's biggest water agency voted Tuesday to shoulder most of the cost of replumbing the troubled center of the state's vast waterworks, committing nearly $11 billion to the construction of two massive water tunnels."Source: LA Times, 04/11/2018
"J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife, Vicki, rented EPA administrator Scott Pruitt a Capitol Hill condo at a below-market price, has a history of coziness with high-powered government officials. Hart, the chair of lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, was also close with former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay in the late 1990s."Source: The Intercept, 04/11/2018
"More than 200 environmental advocacy groups are asking the Senate to reject President Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo for secretary of State due to his climate views."Source: The Hill, 04/11/2018
"Five Republican senators on Monday called on President Donald Trump to temporarily halt the use of biofuels policy waivers for small oil refineries, after reports the Environmental Protection Agency had issued a recent wave of such exemptions."Source: Reuters, 04/11/2018
"Environmental group American Rivers released its annual list of the USA's top 10 'most endangered' rivers Tuesday, and this year, the top "dishonor" goes to the Big Sunflower River, a tributary of the Mississippi River in the South."Source: USA TODAY, 04/11/2018
"In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that's full of life."Source: NPR, 04/11/2018
"Furry, button-nosed and dependent on sea ice for their survival, polar bears have long been poster animals for climate change. But at a time when established climate science is being questioned at the highest levels of government, climate denialists are turning the charismatic bears to their own uses, capitalizing on their symbolic heft to spread doubts about the threat of global warming."Source: NY Times, 04/11/2018
"Two counties, dozens of first responders and hundreds of neighbors claim in court documents that the Arkema chemical manufacturing plans committed negligence. Environmental advocates say lax industry regulations exacerbated the disaster."Source: Texas Tribune, 04/10/2018
"The EPA administrator has said he “didn’t know” about unusual salary bumps given to a pair of trusted aides, but a message from one of those staffers claims otherwise."Source: The Atlantic, 04/10/2018
"The federal government’s top ethics official has taken the unusual step of sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency questioning a series of actions by Administrator Scott Pruitt and asking the agency to take “appropriate actions to address any violations.”"Source: NY Times, 04/10/2018
"Senate Republicans fear they wouldn’t be able to confirm another nominee if Trump’s beleaguered EPA chief is ousted."Source: Mother Jones, 04/10/2018
"Scientists, environmentalists, and anyone who lives within a hundred miles of the winding Mississippi River will tell you—have told you, repeatedly, for 150 years—that efforts to tame the river have only made it more feral. But scientists would like more than intuition, more than a history of 18th-century river level gauges and discharge stations, more than written and folkloric memory. They would like proof.Source: WIRED, 04/10/2018
"At least a dozen federal agencies today signed an agreement to streamline the environmental permitting process, a White House official confirmed to E&E News."Source: Greenwire, 04/10/2018