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Zinke Strips Away Protections, Reduces Public Comment Period on Federal Lands

Expect more oil and gas drilling on federal lands. A new policy implemented by the Trump administration rolls back oil and gas drilling policies for federal land implemented in 2010 by the Obama administration. A recent Bureau of Land Management memo states that public review and disclosure of environmental harm from drilling and fracking will be eliminated. Stripping away protections…

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Almost the entire National Park Service Advisory Board resigns in utter frustration

Most of the National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns Over Trump Administration Failure To Listen

Nothing should surprise us about the Trump administration, but two-thirds of a National Park Service Advisory Board resigning is unprecedented. On January 15, 2018, nine out of 12 members of the Board resigned. In a resignation letter, Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska, told Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke that the Board “worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated…

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Green Bonds Issuance Reaches Record High Despite US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Funding renewable energy and low-carbon mass transportation projects emerged as main themes as new, green bonds issuance surged 78% in 2017.

Peak lithium

Is There Enough Lithium to Feed the Need for Batteries?

Since the release of the first commercial lithium ion battery (LIB) in 1991, this technology has expanded at a rapid rate. So rapid, in fact, that concerns are beginning to be raised about a state of “peak lithium” beyond which we won’t have enough to fuel our bottomless thirst for electronics. But is peak lithium a real concern? Or just…

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Kunlun Mountains’ Ice Cores Reveal Rapid Climate Warming

Data gleaned from Guliya Glacier ice cores provide further evidence the climate is warming faster at high elevations than at sea level.

Scientists Reveal Source of Missing Amazon Rainforest Methane Emissions

An international team of scientists has discovered the source of unaccounted for methane emissions originating from Amazonian wetland forests.

Trump Administration Signs Proclamations To Reduce Utah National Monuments

President Trump signed proclamations on December 4 to reduce the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah. The two monuments, Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM), will be reduced by 85 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The decision follows a four-month review of 27 national monuments designated in the last 20 years. Nearly three…

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