This week in #scipol: controversy around Pruitt continues while Senate confirms coal lobbyist as 2nd-in-command at EPA, protections over migratory birds rescinded, air pollution regulations are weakened, ocean currents slow & more
This week in #scipol: controversy surrounds EPA's Pruitt, investment in solar and synthetic biology soars, supersonic commercial jets, flood planning in Houston, antarctic ice melts at rates faster than previously recognized, and more
Over the holidays, the EPA was ordered to update its guidelines on safe lead levels, Kathleen Hartnett-White did not receive unanimous support and will need to be re-nominated for head of the CEQ this coming congressional session, and a new report recommends priority missions for earth and space science with a heavy focus on climate science. In Austin, the Environmental Commission recommended voluntary buy-out of properties within the 100-year flood zone near Onion Creek. Read on for more about what the Heartland Institute is up to, where these cold snaps are coming from, 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
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.
Conservation and Alternative Energy The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners (a Texas company that is also building the Dakota Access Pipeline) is Kelcy Warren, who is also currently serving on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Action: Fill out this form to message your State Senator to tell them it is unacceptable for an oil … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 6-12
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