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Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Yesterday, the Trump administration gave formal notice to the UN that it would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement which will finalize in one year. As the New York Times’ Lisa Friedman explained, “The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on […]

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In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts and Her Legacy of Pursuing the Truth

In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts and Her Legacy of Pursuing the Truth

Although the news of journalist Cokie Robert’s passing came about two weeks ago, we wanted to take the time to honor her memory and her legacy of hard-hitting, honest journalism. Cokie will be remembered as pithy, unrelenting, and as a woman who blazed a trail in the male-dominated media landscape. But more than anything, her […]

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We Need a Leader to Fight For Our Future

We Need a Leader to Fight For Our Future

by, Natalia Uro-DeLeon, Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA Today, the conversations concerning the current state of the environment quickly become frustrating arguments that always seem to run me dry of hope. It seems so unfair that a generation ridiculed for being glued to their screens, often communicating in a language of slang yet to be […]

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Trump Rolls Back Endangered Species Protections, Despite Widespread Public Support

Trump Rolls Back Endangered Species Protections, Despite Widespread Public Support

Enacted with bipartisan support in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the United States’ most effective species conservation law but the Trump Administration has made the act a target in their efforts to roll back environmental protections. As Vox reported, yesterday, “the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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Flash Floods Pound DC Just As Trump Denies Greatest Environmental Threat of All

Flash Floods Pound DC Just As Trump Denies Greatest Environmental Threat of All

Yesterday, nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in just one hour in the Washington D.C. metro area–making it one of the area’s top 10 wettest July days ever recorded. As the Washington Post reported, “The sheets of rain, with nowhere to run off, turned major roads into rivers while streams and creeks shot up 10 feet in […]

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How Protected are Protected Areas? The Data Might Shock You.

How Protected are Protected Areas? The Data Might Shock You.

Rollbacks on Protected Areas Sets a Dangerous Precedent A protected area is a legally defined geographical space that’s actively managed to protect it in the long term from destructive human activities. These areas are crucial to the conservation of vulnerable species as well as the preservation of places of spiritual importance to indigenous people. However, […]

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80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]

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Tweet of the week: Trump’s team can’t explain his bizarre wind turbine conspiracy

Question: "Do wind turbines cause cancer?" Mercedes Schlapp, White House Director of Strategic Communications: "I don't have an answer to that." pic.twitter.com/cxcZHQoov2 — The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2019 As you saw from our story above, President Trump’s nonsensical statement about wind turbine noise causing cancer and decreasing property values raised a lot of questions […]

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Tweet of the week: Greenpeace fact-checks Trump

Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions. https://t.co/u0chD1Ne0H pic.twitter.com/TfwtwYZ98R — Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019 This week President Trump addressed climate change for the first […]

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Trump’s budget proposal guts funding for science, research, and renewables

Trump’s budget proposal guts funding for science, research, and renewables

President Trump has submitted his proposed 2020 budget to Congress and as Electrek reported, “it includes reductions in funding for the EPA and NOAA. It also proposes to eliminate ARPA-E, an agency focused on researching and developing future energy technology.” Not only would the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy […]

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Trump’s State of the Union addresses security risks, leaves out climate change

Trump’s State of the Union addresses security risks, leaves out climate change

As expected, President Trump made no mention of climate change in last night’s State of the Union Address despite touting national security as a major priority–even the Pentagon has deemed climate change an immediate risk to national security. The President did take a moment to point out America’s production of oil and gas as a national point […]

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Gov shutdown freezes vital research and training programs

Gov shutdown freezes vital research and training programs

As of the morning, the federal government shutdown has entered into its 24th day, making it the longest shutdown in US history. While 800,000 federal workers are caught in the crosshairs of the shutdown (and most of them missed a paycheck last Friday), countless amounts of scientists and other workers have had their research work frozen as well.

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