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The Lowdown On Trump’s Infrastructure Bill

President Trump recently released his infrastructure and budget plan. Environmental and social justice organizations are opposed to the plan, depicting it as a giveaway to the wealthy. The Trump administration claims in a blog post on the White House website that the infrastructure plan will empower state and local authorities by expanding the states environmental review and permitting processes. The…

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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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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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How Communities Living in Poverty Can Benefit From Renewable Energy

Impoverished communities around the globe lack access to essential amenities including heat, electricity and clean drinking water. Residents of rural communities are also in a similar situation. Electric companies have little incentive to add additional infrastructure to the electrical grid to provide these areas with electricity since it isn’t economical. Instead, residents are forced to use kerosene, diesel, candles and…

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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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Zinke leaked plan exposes intention to reduce protection of 10 national monuments. Among them is Bear's Ears in Utah

Interior Secretary Zinke’s Leaked Plan Would Shrink Protection For 10 National Monuments

A plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, obtained by the Associated Press, recommends that President Trump shrink 10 national monuments. A national monument is a land or historic area the Congress or President has given permanent protection to through the Antiquities Act of 1906. An executive order issued by President Trump in April instructed Zinke to review 27 monuments designated…

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Bio-based chemicals could help reduce bee mortality

How Bio-Based Chemicals Are Aiding in Sustainability Efforts

The use of bio-based chemicals is on the rise around the world, and that trend is helping sustainability efforts. For reference, a bio-based chemical is a substance constructed from materials that are currently alive or were once living. Keep reading to explore how some of these bio-based chemicals are being used to help societies and the planet. DuPont presents innovative…

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