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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

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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States Demand EPA Track Asbestos Use

States Demand EPA Track Asbestos Use

Sixteen State Attorneys General have formed a coalition and petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new rules that would require the reporting of asbestos uses, The Hill reported.  The coalition, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, believes that inadequate reporting and tracking systems on imported and domestic asbestos make it impossible for EPA to comply with its mandate to prevent risks to the health and environment posed by the widespread use of asbestos. 

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