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LCV & NRDC Action Fund team up to steer more money into politics
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:13

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post Politics – April 14, 2014

Two major environmental groups announced an alliance Monday between their political action arms in an effort to expand their influence on national policymakers. The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are starting LeadingGreen, a collaboration that will steer donations to federal candidates and enlist the help of major donors in lobbying elected officials. Although the move was not prompted by the Supreme Court’s decision this month to strike down the overall limit on how much individuals can give candidates and political parties, LCV President Gene Karpinski said the ruling highlights what has motivated the groups. “It underscores the fact we need more environmental money in politics, and we need more environmental donors doing advocacy to make sure politicians understand they feel strongly about these issues, and that’s what the new alliance is all about,” Karpinski said in an interview. For full story, click here.

Sec. Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy
Monday, 14 April 2014 00:09

U.S. Department of the Interior – April 10, 2014

To advance landscape-scale, science-based management of America's public lands and wildlife, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a strategy to implement mitigation policies and practices at the Department that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources. For full press release, click here.

46 House members urge Great Lakes cleanup fund cuts reversed
Monday, 14 April 2014 00:07

By David Shepardson – The Detroit News –  April 8, 2014

A bipartisan group of 46 House lawmakers, including six from Michigan, want Congress to reject proposed cuts by the White House to a Great Lakes cleanup fund. Last month, the Obama administration proposed cutting the budget for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which cleans up pollution and restores fish and wildlife habitats, from $300 million to $275 million, a 9 percent cut. For full story, click here.

GOP Bill Takes On EPA Water Authority
Monday, 07 April 2014 14:00

By Sara Jerome – Water Online – March 27, 2014

Water policy has become a rallying point for conservatives in Congress this year. The right is backing legislation known as the Defense of Environment and Property Act. The bill aims to cut back the federal government's authority to regulate wetlands. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, who introduced the bill in his chamber, said the legislation would rein in the EPA. For full story, click here.

Big El Niño Coming?
Monday, 07 April 2014 13:54

Living on Earth – April 4, 2014 – Video

Conditions in the western Pacific Ocean point to an unusually intense El Niño weather pattern for 2014/15. Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth tells host Steve Curwood that the last extreme El Niño event in 1997/98 coincided with drought in Australia and Africa, severe ice storms in Northeastern North America, and the Pacific Ocean’s most active hurricane year on record. To view video and to read the transcript, click here.

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