Science, schmience. Now the elitists want us to buy glasses. more…
Weekend Environment Reader
What Changed the World This Week
Adam Nadel sought to photograph the reality of a region that has been shaped for generations by the lives and actions of humans. more…
It’s been more than 20 years since one of the most destructive invasive species in history was released off the coast of Florida. Originally from the Indian and Pacific Oceans, predatory lionfish have invaded the western Atlantic Ocean, spreading from the American east coast through the Caribbean to southern Brazil, devastating coastal ecosystems with their voracious appetites. Now, new research has revealed that invasive lionfish are not quite what they seem. more…
Editor comments: Lionfish make their bid to be the baddest invasive species, but my favorite is still the brown tree snake of Guam -PD
Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School professors, talk about how a giant, global enterprise that operates and owns assets at sea level is fighting climate change—and adapting to it. more…
When the Moon dims the Sun for a few minutes next week, scientists will get a rare view of our star. Studying an eclipse seems almost quaint — we have telescopes that continuously observe the Sun and NASA is sending a probe to it next year. What further knowledge can we gain? more…
Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died Saturday in Washington. He was 84. more…
Editor comments: Dick Gregory was a consummate satirist who became prominent with the 1960's civil rights struggle, but he spent decades in support of environmental justice, environmental health, and climate change causes. pPD
On Game of Thrones, King of the North and expert brooder Jon Snow has been spending his time trying to convince everyone that an army of frozen dead people are making their way downtown, walking fast, faces past, South-bound. more…
President Trump is close to tapping Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA’s next administrator, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. more…
Attacking the media for its “very unfair” coverage of Monday’s solar eclipse, Donald J. Trump said on Saturday that the sun was equally to blame for blocking the moon. more…
Editor comments: Now I just KNOW that EHN and Daily Climate readers are waaaayyy too smart to need this disclaimer, but here goes anyway: Andy Borowitz is the house satirist for the New Yorker.-PD
We asked climate scientists and communicators how to have constructive discussions about climate change. more…
Journalist Gabriel Thompson collected the stories of 17 farmworkers who share the day-to-day struggles of life in the fields. more…
The wildfires of tomorrow will be like nothing we’ve ever seen. But the debates they’ll spark have already been raging for more than a century. more…
President Donald Trump has translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology. more…
Forests in Canada are ablaze, with 2.2 million acres going up in flames so far this year in British Columbia alone. These fires, and others in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, have been belching smoke into the air, in some cases up to 8 miles high. more…
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is quashing speculation that he'll leave the Senate to become President Trump's Energy secretary. The Democratic senator, who is facing a tough 2018 reelection bid, said at a town hall that he would not be jumping to the Trump administration. more…
Editor comments: As we pointed out last weekend, this might have had huge repercussions -- Trump would get a pro-coal Democrat at DOE, and West Virginia would appoint a Republican to replace Manchin in the Senate-PD
A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable. more…
Top Weekend News
Trump administration officials have told the National Academy of Sciences to cease all work on a study of the public health risks for people living near mountaintop removal coal-mining sites in Appalachian. Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia.
A beloved, cold-loving state fish is in danger of overheating. Daily Climate.
Canada has one of the world’s most robust wild-salmon conservation policies, but has largely failed to execute its plan even as many B.C. salmon populations have fallen into crisis, according to a new study. Vancouver Sun, British Columbia.
Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, are collecting bees to figure out what role climate change, poor nutrition and vulnerability to pesticides and parasites play in bee declines. Sacramento Bee, California.
First explored for applications in microscopy and computing, nanomaterials — materials made up of units that are each thousands of times smaller than the thickness of a human hair — are emerging as useful for tackling threats to our planet’s well-being. Ensia.
Vast quantities of methane hydrates — frozen deposits of natural gas on the sea floor — exist worldwide. But as experimental drilling moves forward, many experts question the wisdom of exploiting a costly, environmentally risky trove of fossil fuels that will accelerate global warming. Yale Environment 360.
The evangelical Christian movement has been at war with environmentalism for decades—but the stakes have never been higher. Vice.
This Week in Trump
The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues. Science.
Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards. Circle of Blue.
Several environmental groups sued the EPA on Monday over rules, published in July, that determine which uses of chemicals the agency will assess before allowing the chemicals to be sold on the open market. The Hill, District of Columbia.
President Trump will sign an executive order to roll back standards that demanded the federal government account for climate change and sea-level rise when building new infrastructure, the White House confirmed. New York Times.
A climate change science advisory group assembled by the Obama-era Interior Department is dead for now. If it's revived by the Trump administration, it will likely have a new mission. ClimateWire.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. Reuters.
The report poses a challenge to a White House that has been moving aggressively to reverse the Obama administration’s policies and rules on climate change. ProPublica.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Associated Press.
The ultimate head in the sand executive order. Mashable.
He’s “throwing out any guarantee that our infrastructure will be safe.” Mother Jones.
National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it.
The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled. Washington Post.
The White House says the new order will accelerate development, but environmentalists say it leaves the country more vulnerable to damage from rising seas and oceans. Washington Post.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges and other major building efforts as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure. Reuters.
In an explosive news conference overshadowed by questions about his response to a white nationalist rally over the weekend, the president said he was streamlining regulations in order to speed construction of infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. New York Times.
Montana Clean Air Coalition, held a press conference at a Berkeley Pit overlook to draw attention to what Trump’s proposed budget cuts – 31 percent from EPA and 30 percent from Superfund – could mean to the average Butte and Anaconda citizen. Butte Montana Standard, Montana.
The first 200 days of the Trump administration have been marked by direct and consistent confrontations with the scientific community, and no area of science has been targeted more explicitly than climate science. Washington Post.
Imagine that your favorite hair product’s label read, “Warning: may cause infertility,” or listed “formaldehyde,” a cancer-causing embalming fluid, as an ingredient. San Francisco Chronicle, California.
Eclipse mania will peak on Monday, when millions of Americans will upend their lives in response to a scientific prediction. New York Times.
While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. Post Carbon Institute.
When a company claims its products are safe, journalists are rightly skeptical. Why do alarmist claims from environmental groups get a free pass? Undark.
Since Earth and the resources it can provide humanity are finite, both population and economic growth must cease sometime in the future. MAHB.
Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can't cope. The Conversation.
A new book on climate and migration predicts a future of "guards, guns and gates" unless we act soon. Texas Observer, Texas.
Scientists studying Earth's atmosphere and oceans are finding ever more troubling evidence. USA Today.
The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri.