Trump moves to allow logging in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest

As Brazil’s Amazon burns, President Donald Trump is taking aim at one of the largest expanses of temperate rainforest in Alaska. On Tuesday, the president instructed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow logging in the 16.7 million acre Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, the nation’s largest national forest. Together with British Columbia’s Great Bear […]

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It’s official: July was the hottest month ever

The world just lived through the hottest month of the year ever recorded in human history. According to new data just released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2019 has broken all records for the hottest month, with temperatures 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (0.95 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average. NOAA’s […]

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Trump administration to weaken endangered species protections in favor of fossil fuels

The Trump administration’s Interior Department announced on Monday its official proposal to significantly weaken the nation’s Endangered Species Act. The move would make it easier for new mining, oil, and gas development to take place in areas critical to protected species. The widely popular conservation law, passed in 1973, has been heralded worldwide for its […]

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Number of people killed for defending the environment has doubled in past 15 years

Defending the environment is an increasingly deadly effort. According to new research, the number of people around the world who have died trying to protect land, water, forests, and other natural resources has doubled in the past 15 years. Between 2002 and 2017, 1,558 people across 50 different countries were killed for protecting the environment, […]

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Interior secretary will be allowed to meet with former fossil fuel clients starting this weekend

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s ethics recusal will expire on Saturday. The ethics pledge banned Bernhardt from decisions involving his former firm’s clients for two years. Bernhardt was also not able to meet with these companies, unless five or more other stakeholders were present and nothing relating specifically to the companies was discussed. But all of […]

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2020 contenders put climate justice front and center ahead of Democratic debates

Several 2020 presidential hopefuls are highlighting climate justice as a priority ahead of this week’s Democratic debates in Michigan, a state whose residents have faced persistent lead- and chemical-tainted water supplies along with dangerous air pollution and an impending, controversial pipeline project. On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the only candidate to build his campaign […]

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Carmakers join California’s push for fuel efficiency in blow against Trump administration

Four major automobile manufacturers have joined California in its push for more fuel-efficient vehicles. The agreement was the result of “secret negotiations” and deals a major blow to President Donald Trump’s war with California and one of the administration’s most significant national policy rollback efforts. As The Washington Post revealed on Thursday, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, […]

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Former Interior scientist calls out ‘culture of fear, censorship, and suppression’ under Trump

There is a “culture of fear, censorship, and suppression” within the Trump administration that is impeding government scientists from doing their best work, former Interior Department policy director and scientist turned whistleblower Joel Clement warned on Wednesday. Speaking to lawmakers on the House Science Committee, scientific experts spoke about the need for stronger rules to […]

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Energy lobbyist raises 6-figure donation for Trump’s reelection campaign

Energy lobbyist Jeff Miller has raised over $111,000 in donations for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, according to the latest records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). This is the first time either the Trump Victory or Trump’s official presidential campaign committee — Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. — has disclosed bundled contributions, […]

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