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EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

A new report issued yesterday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in conjunction with a Congressional hearing on EPA’s lack of enforcement under President Trump, concludes that communities across the country are being put at risk of exposure to dangerous contaminants.

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Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Wallace Broecker, a climate scientist at Columbia University who brought the term “global warming” into the public and scientific lexicon, died on Monday at the age of 87. NPR reported that as a professor in the department of earth and environmental science at Columbia, Broecker was among the early scientists who raised alarms about the drastic […]

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Interview of the week: Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter for the New York Times

Interview of the week: Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter for the New York Times

Exclusive interview with the New York Times’ Kendra Pierre-Louis

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One cool thing: world’s oldest junior ranger

One cool thing: world’s oldest junior ranger

The News Eagle reported yesterday that on a recent visit, a 103-year-old woman became a junior ranger for Grand Canyon National Park. Rose Torphy is three years older than the park! The junior ranger program is open to anyone aged four or older and encourages people to learn about preserving and protecting national parks. While Torphy and […]

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Fighting sexual harassment at federal agencies

Fighting sexual harassment at federal agencies

Last week Democratic Reps Raúl M. Grijalva, the Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; and Jackie Speier, the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, expressed their concern over sexual harassment at the US Forest Service in response to a new report from the Department of Agriculture Inspector General identifying numerous failures by management to protect women.

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FDR’s Expansion of National Parks

FDR’s Expansion of National Parks

As part of the New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt greatly expanded the National Park Service and its mission to include history and culture as well as nature and re-organized it for an expanded role in preserving our national treasures. 

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One cool thing: presidents enjoying public lands

One cool thing: presidents enjoying public lands

  Check out these great shots of former presidents enjoying our national parks. Our public lands are our national treasures!

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Hero of the Week:  Climate Science Leader Warren Washington

Hero of the Week: Climate Science Leader Warren Washington

It is Black History Month, and this week we wanted to recognize one of the leading climate scientists in the United States, Warren Washington who recently retired from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, for his lifetime of public service and his pioneering work in the field of climate modeling.  In the early 1960s, he was one of the first to build computer atmospheric models using the laws of physics to predict future atmospheric conditions. 

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Interview of the week: Dr. Dorceta Taylor


Dr. Dorceta Taylor is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and a veteran environmental-justice scholar and advocate. In 2014 she published a report called “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations” which comprehensively highlighted the lack of diversity in green groups and as Grist […]

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EPA Enforcement Hits New Lows

EPA Enforcement Hits New Lows

The Trump Administration is not just rolling back environmental rules, it is also cutting down on inspections and enforcement according to a summary issued by the agency on Friday.  We had previously reported the drop in criminal cases brought by EPA against the worst polluters, but this new data shows the decrease in enforcement also carries over to civil cases and even to inspections, which provide the basis for enforcement actions. 

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Interview of the Week:  Todd Stern on COP 24 and the GND

Interview of the Week: Todd Stern on COP 24 and the GND

Todd Stern is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Distinguished Fellow at the World Resources Institute. He previously served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State Department, leading the U.S. effort in negotiating the Paris Agreement. ODP:  You have remained active in the implementation of the Paris Agreement over […]

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Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

John D. Dingell Jr., America’s longest-serving member of Congress, WWII veteran, and a man known for his candor and humor passed away yesterday at the age of 92. The New York Times reported that Mr. Dingell had represented what is now Michigan’s 12th district, outside Detroit, since the Eisenhower administration, a 59-year run. But when he […]

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