This week: A new study out in Science shows that coral reefs with plastic pollution suffer higher disease risks. After the announcement of new import taxes on solar panels, solar companies plan for increased production costs. AK Senator Lisa Murkowski requests exemption from offshore drilling in environmentally-sensitive zones of Alaska. The UCS sues the EPA for its ban on EPA-funded board members. Read on for more about public health in Texas and mathematicians helping to fix gerrymandering in PA.
This week: advice for politically active scientists, rejection of AHCA, NIH approves preprints, Texas education, climate change skeptics speak out, 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 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
Conservation A little out of date, but House Bill 1794, passed in 2015 (link) sets a hard cap on payouts to counties that sue corporations for polluting waterways and/or air, as well as a 5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