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Last Build Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:08 -0500


INTERIOR: In reversal, parks will remain open if there's a shutdown

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:08 -0500

In a reversal from 2013, national parks will remain open even if Congress allows the federal government to partially shut down this weekend, the Interior Department said today.

FEDERAL AGENCIES: Report: Science panels' activity, membership at 20-year low

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:10 -0500

The Trump administration is abandoning science advisory boards across the government, leaving agencies short of expertise on everything from climate change to nuclear power, according to a report released this morning.

FOREST SERVICE: Research advisers haven't met in more than a year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:15 -0500

An advisory council that helps steer forest policy at the Department of Agriculture hasn't met in over a year and has had little communication from the Trump administration, members said.

CLIMATE: Humans drive another year of record heat — U.S. report

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:18 -0500

The planet just had one of the hottest years on record, continuing a troubling trend of warming that government scientists said is largely driven by human activity.

EPA: 'Our focus here should be on stewardship' — Pruitt

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:21 -0500

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is touting his work already done at the agency and his plans for EPA over the coming years.

FERC: Behind website crash, a tale of government tech woes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:23 -0500

For about 4 ½ hours yesterday, was AWOL.

NOMINATIONS: Committee approved NOAA, NASA, CPSC picks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:26 -0500

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today advanced several Trump administration nominees, including Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to head NASA and AccuWeather Inc. CEO Barry Myers to lead NOAA.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Bill would take Ariz. tracts out of any president's hands

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:29 -0500

Only Congress would be able to expand or create new national monuments in Arizona under a bill House Republicans introduced this week.

INTERIOR: Big-game hunters stock new international wildlife panel

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:31 -0500

Serious big-game hunters will now help Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke take aim on policies ranging from elephant trophy imports to foreign wildlife protections.

INTERIOR: Forthcoming guidance on migratory birds raises flap

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:33 -0500

Interior Department lawyers are now preparing to flesh out their controversial recasting of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

GREAT LAKES: In reversal, EPA yanks approval of Ohio's Lake Erie assessment

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:35 -0500

U.S. EPA says it no longer approves of Ohio's decision to omit parts of Lake Erie from a list of impaired waters that environmentalists say is critical to reducing toxic algae blooms there.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Why did 60% of the world's saigas die in 3 weeks?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:37 -0500

Sixty percent of the population of an endangered antelope died in 2015 over the span of three weeks, and now researchers think they know why.

EXTREME WEATHER: South's record-breaking cold spell kills at least 10

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:38 -0500

Record-breaking low temperatures swept across the South yesterday, leading to poor driving conditions, closed facilities and at least 10 reported deaths.

MARINE MAMMALS: Sea lions rebound dramatically on Calif. coast — NOAA

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:39 -0500

Sea lion populations along California's coast have overcome a series of catastrophes and reached their optimum sustainable population, according to NOAA scientists.

CALIFORNIA: Oroville sues water agency over dam failure

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:41 -0500

The city of Oroville, Calif., has launched a lawsuit against the state Department of Water Resources, claiming that the Oroville Dam crisis was the result of years of complacency and mismanagement at the agency.

PENTAGON: National Defense Strategy won't address climate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:45 -0500

The Pentagon tomorrow is slated to release the first National Defense Strategy in a decade, and much like the White House security document it draws on, climate change won't be featured.

POLITICS: Climate story among Trump's 'Fake News Awards' targets

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:46 -0500

A climate story made the list as President Trump announced his "Fake News Awards" last night.

WILDLIFE: To save them from wolves, researchers send caribou flying

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:47 -0500

As climate change leaves caribou more often trapped in close quarters with their predators, the Ontario government had to get creative to save three of the animals stuck on an island with wolves.

SOLAR: Padres step up to plate with baseball's biggest installation

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:50 -0500

Major League Baseball is about to get its biggest solar energy project.

EPA: Agency dodged water safety program reports since 2006 — IG

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:51 -0500

U.S. EPA failed for 12 years to turn over documents to Congress regarding its grants under a program to monitor coastal water safety, the agency's inspector general has found.

NATIONAL PARKS: Family searches for answers in fatal Park Police shooting

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:53 -0500

Bijan Ghaisar was shot in the head by U.S. Park Police last November, and the incident has left family and friends baffled.

HYPERLOOP: Md. AG pumps brakes on Musk's tunnel plan

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:54 -0500

A utility permit is not enough to authorize construction of Elon Musk's proposed high-speed Hyperloop transportation project under the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

AUTOS: Tsunami gives Japanese startup an idea: A floating car

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:55 -0500

A Japanese startup plans to build a small electric car that floats in floods or even cruises slowly in water.

SOLID WASTE: Europe's landfills are a gold mine of wasted metals

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:57 -0500

Europeans could do a much better job of recycling, with billions of dollars of precious materials thrown out each year, a new report has found.

CALIFORNIA: Measure would make taxpayers pay for lead paint cleanup

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:58 -0500

A measure proposed for the November ballot in California would allow three large paint companies to put the financial burden for cleaning up lead paint on taxpayers.

WASHINGTON: Navy will pay to protect water supply from chemicals

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:59 -0500

The Navy will pay for a filter system to protect a Washington state water supply from chemicals that were used at a nearby airstrip as a part of ongoing efforts from the Defense Department to track pollution from firefighting foam used at military facilities.

PERU: 'We need him to help': Pope to visit illegal mining hot spot

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:11:01 -0500

Pope Francis tomorrow will visit a region in Peru devastated by illegal gold mining and the resulting deforestation.

AUSTRALIA: Roadkill campaign aims to save thousands of native animals

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:11:02 -0500

Attention, drivers in Tasmania: Stop throwing food out the window.