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bos2The Most Ambitious Climate Plan in History

By Janet L. Yellen and Ted Halstead – Fortune – September 10, 2018
At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the United States committed to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Even though the Trump administration has announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, it remains the benchmark by which any U.S. climate plan is judged. Read full story here.

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What the World Needs Now to Fight Climate Change: More Swamps

By William Moomaw, Gillian Davies, and Max Finlayson – The Conversation – September 13, 2018
“Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. These are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. They also are underrated but irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change and protecting our communities from storms and flooding. Scientists widely recognize that wetlands are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil. As part of a transdisciplinary team of nine wetland and climate scientists, we published a paper earlier this year that documents the multiple climate benefits provided by all types of wetlands, and their need for protection. Read full story here.

 

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bos2EPA Expands Clean Air Act Loopholes for Coal Plants

By Jack Lienke and Richard L. Revesz – The Hill – September 5, 2018
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal to replace the Obama administration’s signature climate initiative, the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to cut planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power sector. EPA calls its “Affordable Clean Energy” proposal — ACE, for short — “a new rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” from coal-fired power plants. There are just two problems with that characterization: First, ACE won’t do much of anything to reduce coal plants’ CO2 emissions — in fact, it might increase them. And second, the rule isn’t really new at all — at least, there’s nothing fresh about its most notable component. Instead, it’s a warmed-over policy from the George W. Bush years, served by one of the same attorneys, Bill Wehrum, who cooked it up the first time around. Read full opinion here.

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Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act Threaten Wildlife

By Charise Johnson – Union of Concerned Scientists – September 4, 2018
The Trump Administration is threatening species, land conservation, and human health and wellbeing by rolling back our health, safety, and environmental protections. This time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are attempting to undercut the scientific basis of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by proposing changes that will make it less effective, even increasing the chances that species will go extinct. Read full blog post here.

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bos2We Can Still Save Our Oceans and Fisheries. New Study Shows How.

By Merrick Burden – Environmental Defense Fund – August 29, 2018
For years, scientists have warned that climate change, along with overfishing, would devastate oceans and the fisheries that depend on them. Fishermen worldwide are already feeling the impact of warming oceans as fish move and stocks dwindle.
But a new study shows that if we adopt sustainable fishing practices today and keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, we can change this trajectory. Not only would the decline be halted – we could actually boost sustainable production from our fisheries by $14 billion by 2030. Read full blog post here.

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The Farm Bill Should Better Protect America’s Drinking Water

By Colin O’Neil – AgMag – August 28, 2018
America’s drinking water is under threat from a formidable foe: polluted farm runoff, which contaminates the tap water supplies for millions of people, especially in rural areas. About 1,700 public water systems across the country are contaminated with levels of nitrate – a chemical in commercial fertilizers and manure – that exceed what the National Cancer Institute says increases the risk of colon, kidney, ovarian and bladder cancers. Meanwhile, outbreaks of potentially toxic algae, fueled by runoff from farms, are rising sharply this summer in lakes, rivers and streams nationwide, according to EWG’s ongoing tracking of algae outbreaks. Read full article here.

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bos2The White House is Working to Undermine the Endangered Species Act—Here’s How

By Amanda D. Rodewald – The H ill – August 20, 2018
If you quickly scan the dozens of articles reviewing the best summer vacation spots in the U.S., you will find lists of beautiful and wild places — from hiking with bears, wolves, and bison in Yellowstone, floating or flyfishing scenic rivers, or walking along beach dunes. Yet, while the eyes of the vacationing American seem focused on natural scenes, they often overlook the tightly woven fabric of environmental laws and regulations that ensure the protection of those remarkable places. The latest environmental safeguard under assault is the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which is arguably one of the most important pieces of U.S. legislation related to conservation. A staggering 36 distinct proposals to change ESA, of which nearly one-third are expected to have at least partially negative impacts on conservation, are included in the rulemaking package proposed by the Trump administration. Read full story here.

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Here are 10 Topics Senators Could Ask Trump’s Science Advisor Nominee to Address

By Jeffrey Mervis – Science Magazine – August 21, 2018
Is Kelvin Droegemeier in sync with the science policies of President Donald Trump? That’s what members of the Senate commerce committee will want to know when Droegemeier appears before them on Thursday to discuss his nomination to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).Is Kelvin Droegemeier in sync with the science policies of President Donald Trump? That’s what members of the Senate commerce committee will want to know when Droegemeier appears before them on Thursday to discuss his nomination to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Read full article here.

 

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bos2New Defense Bill Strengthens the Military’s Flood & Energy Readiness and Saves Taxpayer Dollars—All While Addressing Climate Change

By Shana Udvardy – Union of Concerned Scientists – August 7, 2018
Today, President Trump signed into law H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA FY 2019 builds to the future and reflects the reality of climate change and therefore provides a useful roadmap for Congress as they consider different proposals to help the nation prepare for future environmental conditions, including climate change. The Armed Services Committee deserves recognition for their leadership in ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely by requiring important energy and climate resiliency measures.  Read full blog post here.

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Environmental Impact Bonds Can Help Make Coastal Communities Safer, Sooner. Here’s How.

By Shannon Cunniff – Environmental Defense Fund – August 14, 2018
Last year’s hurricane season was the most destructive disaster season in U.S. history, causing $265 billion in damage and forcing more than one million Americans from their homes. As climate change causes weather to get more extreme, coastal communities across the country are struggling to find cost-effective solutions to enhance their resiliency to storms and develop new ways to finance that work. How can we help make coastal communities more resilient more quickly? How can we engage the private sector in coastal resiliency efforts and generate a financial return for investors? Read full blog post here.

 

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