EPA gives the states an extension, but at what cost?

On June 6, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the US Environmental Protection agency sent a letter to governors extending the deadline to declare areas that do not meet the federal standard for ground-level ozone. The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) were devised in 2015 under the Obama administration and this latest decision to extend the deadline has been met with varying reactions.

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Oceans take the spotlight in New York City

Over 6000 people participated in the conference bringing together people from all corners of the world to work on something that connects us all. The conference ended on a positive note with people feeling optimistic about the potential, a more positive note for global environmental work after the United States, a country with high levels of pollution and environmental impact, recently withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

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Transportation Infrastructure and Environmental Regulation

It is Infrastructure Week (May 15-19, 2017) and across America, there are events, as well as media coverage and education to advocate for infrastructure and its importance to the progression of this nation. It is our responsibility as citizens to get involved and learn about the policies behind our country’s current development strategies (1).

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How beavers can help fight against the effects of climate change

A report released on May 9, 2017 by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), “14 Solutions to Problems Climate Change Poses for Conservation”, stated that beavers are essential to slowing the effects of climate change. Beaver mimicry has become a widely-used method for the restoration of environments, especially the watersheds of Montana.

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EPA commences withdrawal of the WOTUS Rule

Last Wednesday May 3, 2017, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) provided a statement regarding the beginning of the withdrawal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Several scientific societies collaborated in writing a letter to President Trump explaining the importance of the WOTUS rule and protecting the country’s wetlands. The EPA has delivered a draft to the Office of Management and Budget for withdrawing the WOTUS rule.

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Bio-energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS): Negative Emissions with Negative Impacts?

In the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) Fourth Assessment Report bio-energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) was highlighted as a key potential technology for reaching low carbon dioxide atmospheric concentration targets. Recently there has been concern that employment of such technology may have detrimental implications for climate justice.

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