This week: The EPA wipes climate change from its website and public speakers, a new bill proposes to change peer review at NSF, glaciers recede in China, deaths by flu and pollution, West Nile Virus in Austin, and more
This week: The Trump administration continues to nominate individuals to head organizations without technical experience, flu experts worry about the upcoming flu season, natural history collections offer new ways to study historical environmental changes, NSF enacts changes to proposal submissions, and more
This week: EPA fails to mention climate change in its review of superfund sites affected by Harvey & proposed cuts to the superfund clean-up budget, WHO announces new anti-cholera campaign, whales are dying, California strikes down stay on methane regulation, and more
Plenty of conservation-related news this week: Utah's Senators aim to strip endangered species act protections from their native species, US National Parks considers implementing a reservation policy to curb number of park visitors, the fight to reintroduce wolves continues to have push-back, the deadly salamander fungus is found in frogs, and more.
This week in #scipol: Zinke's memo targets ten national monuments, other EPA news, and state governors try to put the Paris Accord into action.
This week: EPA wants your comments on repealing regulations, science as a values issue, National Parks supports >300,000 jobs/year, TX SBOE removes anti-evolution language from science standards, and more
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy The recent ban on lead ammunition on Federal Lands may be overturned; few states have laws against lead ammunition so unraveling the federal ban will negatively impact wildlife (NPR). A bill proposed in the House (H.R.1054) co-sponsored by Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) would create a botanical science research … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 20-26
Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017
Conservation A little out of date, but House Bill 1794, passed in 2015 (link) sets a hard cap on payouts to counties that sue corporations for polluting waterways and/or air, as well as a 5 year statute of limitations. (Excellent opinion piece here) Save Our Springs is moving forward with filing a new lawsuit in … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 9, 2017