Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMWhile there is no shortage of financial incentives to encourage replacement of polluting vehicles, it is not matched by strong enforcement with the government adopting an all-carrot-but-little-stick.approach. [News Source]
More effective initiatives needed to fight Hong Kong smog.
White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Trump administration is seeking to slash one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post. [News Source]
White House: Keystone exempt from ‘Buy American’ requirements.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Keystone XL Pipeline will not be subject to President Donald Trump's executive order requiring infrastructure projects to be built with American steel, a White House spokeswoman said today. [News Source]
Air pollution in Asia is wafting into the USA, increasing smog in West.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMAir pollution from China, India and several other Asian countries has wafted across the Pacific Ocean over the past 25 years, increasing levels of smog in the western U.S., a study finds. [News Source]
Public lands in private hands?
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Senate's confirmation this week of the former Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as secretary of the interior has revived concerns about the future of public lands in the Trump administration. [News Source]
Will Trump administration’s proposal to slash EPA budget harm Canada’s water quality?
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Trump administration plans to slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the administration’s Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal, obtained by The Associated Press. [News Source]
3 things to watch for as Steve Bannon and Ivanka Trump fight over the Paris climate deal.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMPresident Donald Trump’s advisers are reportedly having a fierce internal debate over whether the US should pull out of the Paris climate deal — the key international treaty to address global warming. A final decision could come as soon as next week. [News Source]
Humankind’s ability to feed itself, now in jeopardy.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMMankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations' report. [News Source]
Proposed cut would threaten bay progress.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMEveryone who has embraced the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is feeling the shock waves of the report --via the federal Office of Management and Budget --that the Trump administration will seek to cut the current funding for the bay from $73 million per year to just $5 million. [News Source]
Perry rallies Energy Department on his first day: ‘Change the world.’
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMNew Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave a rousing speech to the department's employees on his first day, marveling repeatedly at the prowess and abilities of the agency. [News Source]
Ivanka Trump isn’t greening her dad, she’s greenwashing him.
Saturday March 04th 2017, 9:00 AMOn Tuesday, President Donald Trump began the process of gutting EPA clean water rules. That evening, he gave a speech to Congress in which he claimed he would work with members of both parties “to promote clean air and clear water.” [News Source]