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Alena Sharoykina – Donald Trump and “Deep Ecology”. Pushing GMOs, Minimizing Environmental Protection

To put it mildly, Trump is famous for his skepticism on global climate change, which he has many times called “Chinese mystification,” and has confessed that he does not believe in the “human-caused nature of global warming,” and many of his teammates share these views. Thus, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was nominated for the head of EPA, who is …

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Chase Purdy – Trump has gagged the US Agriculture Department’s research arm from publicly sharing its work

An order of silence has been handed down to the US Department of Agriculture’s research arm, prohibiting the taxpayer-funded agency from releasing its work to the public, according to a report by BuzzFeed. The message was handed down to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) just days after Donald Trump was sworn into office as president. At least a couple of …

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Lauren McCauley – Trump Didn’t Even Have to Ask CDC to Cancel Climate Summit

In another signal of the anti-science chill that has descended upon federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has quietly cancelled a long-planned climate summit in anticipation of its unpopularity within the Donald Trump administration. The February summit—intended to provide a forum for public health officials to discuss the risks that climate change poses to human health—was …

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Tim Radford – Global warming will hit US northeast hard

US scientists provide new reality check for Donald Trump on the combined stresses of global warming and the rising costs of water. LONDON, 18 January, 2017 – America’s north-eastern states are set to become hotter on average than the rest of the world as a result of global warming. New research by scientists in the US predicts that even if …

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Nika Knight – China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment

While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration, on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Reuters reports: The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said …

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Sasha Davis – Could a Network of Rebellious Cities Really Stand Against Trump?

Since the November U.S. election, many on the Left have taken a closer look at how local places like cities, towns, college campuses, indigenous communities, and states can challenge the coming Trump administration. After all, the political Right in the U.S. has long known that federal regulations can be blocked at the city or state level through local legislation, foot-dragging, …

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Charles Mudede – California Tells Trump It Will Launch Its Own Damn Satellite to Monitor Climate Change

The president of urban America, California Gov. Jerry Brown, gave a speech at the recent American Geophysical Union conference that not only declared war on the backward climate policies of the president of rural America, Donald Trump, but made it very clear that his state has the economic will and power ($2.5 trillion GDP) to pursue its own programs and …

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UTHealth: Rapid population decline among vertebrates began with industrialization

HOUSTON – (Dec. 15, 2016) – Rapid population decline among vertebrate species began at the end of the 19th century when industrialization was at its peak, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The research was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Industrialization …

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Donald Trump is a Real Threat to the Survival of the Human Species

Alan Singer at the Huffington Post writes about the Trump Team Revives McCarthyism in War on the Environment.  Singer writes, “Climate change deniers argue that the Earth’s climate sensitivity is so low that humans can use the atmosphere as a garbage dump pumping out carbon dioxide without worrying about global warming. Donald Trump has called climate change a ‘hoax’ and …

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Nadia Prupis – EPA Finally Concludes Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed on Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminates drinking water—but claimed a lack of information makes it impossible to determine how widespread the risks are. In a final report issued Tuesday, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources, the EPA removed a finding included …