We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]Continue Reading 413 words
As the United States is in throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and is desperately looking for federal leadership, the Trump Administration is expected to finalize its rollback President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards. A move that could see billions of tons of additional emissions from cars over their lifetimes. What The Rollbacks Achieve: As the New […]Continue Reading 549 words
Yesterday at a coronavirus press conference President Trump reiterated that he wants the U.S. economy to “reopen” and this time by Easter where he hopes to see “packed” churches. When he was asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins why he chose Easter as his target date, the President answered, “I just thought it was a beautiful […]Continue Reading 448 words
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We wrote yesterday that President Trump’s lack of federal guidance on the coronavirus has created a patchwork of enforcement measures across the country. In fact, during his press conference yesterday Trump still wouldn’t say if he would make shelter in place a mandatory nationwide policy but did tell Americans to avoid gathering in crowds of […]Continue Reading 416 words
Nevada’s Yucca Mountain has been designated as a nuclear waste storage site for nearly 30 years. It’s largely been a political football with lawmakers trying to woo concerned Nevada voters with promises to avoid storing radioactive material at the site. Now, as Politico reported, “President Donald Trump is seeking to woo Nevada voters by abandoning […]Continue Reading 502 words
After the 2016 election, it became evident that bots were responsible for the spread of vast misinformation, or fake news. While there’s currently AI being deployed to fight this dangerous element of social media, bots are still incredibly effective at spreading false narratives, especially when it comes to climate change. As The Guardian reported, “the […]Continue Reading 385 words
When it comes to being bad, we know that President Trump excels. He has told more lies, he is one of only three presidents to be impeached, he has flouted the rule of law, and he has retaliated against many in government who dared to defy him, and used his power as President to harm […]Continue Reading 1108 words
The Trump Administration has begun blasting through a Native American cultural site called Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. What’s worse is that the administration had begun the construction without any consultation with the Tribe about the impact it would have on this sacred burial site. Then yesterday, as […]Continue Reading 121 words
Yesterday, President Trump released his FY2021 budget, and the proposed cuts to federal agencies and research programs were severe. As Science Mag summarized, Trump’s budget proposes the following cuts: National Institutes of Health: a cut of 7%, or $2.942 billion, to $36.965 billion National Science Foundation (NSF): a cut of 6%, or $424 million, to […]Continue Reading 710 words
Last night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Trump was a lot of things. Whether you thought it was a “micro-targeted campaign gameshow” or not, one thing that stood out was how much the president focused on the glories of the past instead of the opportunities we have to ensure that America is […]Continue Reading 455 words
Superfund sites universally have a negative connotation–as something bad and contaminated. This is usually the case but many may not realize the specifics of how the Superfund program was created or how cleanups are prioritized. To give you a better understanding, we’re going to take a deeper dive into this important government program. As NatGeo […]Continue Reading 456 words
While national leadership on climate change and pollution is essential, we’re witnessing more and more the ways in which local and state leaders are stepping up to take action on environmental challenges. Progressive policies and forward-thinking technology are being experimented with on a sub-national level. Just this week, 3 stories have stood out about local […]Continue Reading 566 words