Environmental News

FERC Charts Open, Unbiased Course to Enhance Energy System Resilience

Closing a DOE proposed new rulemaking and opening a new docket, FERC launched a more open, holistic and unbiased course aimed at enhancing the resiliency of U.S. power and energy systems.

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What Does the Future Hold for America’s Coastal Cities?

Coastal cities face challenging times in a climate-changed world

Scientists have observed a rapidly-growing atmospheric carbon presence. Whatever your views on the cause of this phenomenon, the trend is confirmed and supported throughout the scientific community. And with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon, and the subsequent UV heat-trapping, global temperatures continue to rise. With warming atmospheric temperatures, ocean levels will also gradually increase, heralding a plethora of future problems and developments on a …

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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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Trump Nominee Withdraws Nomination To Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Program

Trump's EPA has one less environmental predator leading the charge

Michael Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety program, has reportedly withdrawn his nomination. Dourson worked 15 years at the EPA, but he has also consulted for chemical companies, Bloomberg reports, and for that work, he has received criticism. Dourson led Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a non-profit consulting firm. An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity 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 million people commented on …

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