Environmental Resources

The EPA’s Plans to Gut the Clean Water Rule

President Trump vowed “to promote clean air and clear water” in February 2017. Flash forward a year and that promise seems to be a flimsy one at best. The Trump administration has recently made it clear it will gut an Obama-era rule designed to protect smaller bodies of water in the U.S. On January 21, 2018, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of …

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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 for sensitive habitat BLM …

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

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

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 National Park Service employees, …

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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.

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Is There Enough Lithium to Feed the Need for Batteries?

Peak lithium

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 another over-hyped disaster scenario? …

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