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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:12 -0400


POLITICS: Emails reveal Podesta's donor ties

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:12 -0400

Emails hacked from John Podesta's account reveal how major Democratic donors are plugged in at the highest political levels.

NEWSMAKER: House is 'more dysfunctional than it appears' — GOP freshman

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:15 -0400

In the wake of historic floods that inundated Baton Rouge, La., this summer, freshman Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) made his entire staff — in both his Washington, D.C., and district offices — travel to disaster-stricken areas to help gut houses and speak with devastated Louisianans.

ENERGY POLICY: Trump adviser: He's right, she's wrong

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:17 -0400

A Donald Trump adviser thinks the energy divide between the GOP presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton is clear-cut.

WATER POLLUTION: 'Sweeping' coal dust challenge moves to trial

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:20 -0400

A Seattle federal judge has given environmentalists a chance to prove their theory that every single coal train car passing through Washington state pollutes waterways in violation of federal law.

POLITICS: 'Would be nice to have Tipper' — emails

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:22 -0400

After a perceived snub by former Vice President Al Gore last year, a Hillary Clinton campaign aide suggested enlisting the help of Gore's estranged wife, Tipper.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ayotte, Hassan clash over power line, fossil fuels

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:24 -0400

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and her challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), sought to emphasize how their contrasting views on the environment could bolster the Granite State's economy in a debate here yesterday.

VERMONT: Candidates for governor split on how to spark green growth

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:26 -0400

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Candidates running for the open Vermont governor's seat, being vacated by Democrat Peter Shumlin, sparred in a debate here yesterday over whose environmental policies would best position a state with a dwindling population for economic growth.

ADVOCACY: Enviros target Reps. Poliquin, Jolly

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:28 -0400

The League of Conservation Voters will spend $230,000 on its efforts to defeat Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, with a new television campaign that characterizes the Republican lawmaker as a proponent of the fossil fuel industry.

ENERGY POLICY: Clinton and Trump advisers spar over climate, fracking

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:31 -0400

Energy advisers for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offered an in-depth look last night into the presidential candidates' views of substantial energy and climate policies in a campaign that has tilted toward mud-slinging and insults.

DAKOTA ACCESS: Trump invested in, received funds from pipeline company

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:33 -0400

Republican presidential candidate and property developer Donald Trump has received more than $100,000 in campaign donations from Energy Transfer Partners' CEO, whose company operates the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Groups warn lawmakers against green tax breaks in lame duck

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:35 -0400

A coalition of conservative groups is pressuring House and Senate leaders to skip the end-of-year renewable tax extender ritual in the upcoming lame-duck session.

WIND: Greens threaten to sue Ohio Air National Guard over turbine

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:37 -0400

A national bird conservation group is threatening to sue the Ohio Air National Guard if it does not abandon plans to build a wind turbine along the shores of Lake Erie in one of the largest bird migration corridors in North America.

MARINE MAMMALS: U.S. to ban aquarium imports of Russian belugas

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:38 -0400

The United States will soon ban aquariums from importing Russian beluga whales, designating the population as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

FISHERIES: Commercial catch worth $5.2B, but imports reign — NOAA

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:40 -0400

Commercial fishermen landed more fish — but made less money — in 2015 than the previous year, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

MARINE MAMMALS: Japan blocks proposal for whale sanctuary

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:42 -0400

Japan led a group of countries yesterday to block a proposal to create a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: FWS to train giant rats to combat pangolin shipments

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:44 -0400

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it will train African giant pouched rats to detect illegal shipments of the endangered pangolin in Tanzania.

OBITUARY: Wilderness matriarch dies at 92

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:46 -0400

Marge Sill, who came to be known as the mother and later grandmother of Nevada wilderness, has died at 92.

CLEAN WATER RULE: Agencies get another extension for court filings

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:48 -0400

Federal judges have changed the briefing schedule for the Obama administration's hot-button Clean Water Rule for the second time this month, pushing the timeline nearly six weeks later than what was originally scheduled.

ADVOCACY: EPA is frequent Chamber of Commerce legal target — report

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:50 -0400

U.S. EPA is the government agency that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce most frequently targets in litigation, according to a new report by a watchdog group.

OREGON STANDOFF: Juror's BLM background questioned

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:52 -0400

A juror in the trial of seven defendants involved in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January has been accused of personal bias.

OREGON STANDOFF: Bundy bodyguard sentenced; leader wants plea deal reversed

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:54 -0400

Ammon Bundy's personal bodyguard during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge yesterday was sentenced to nine months in jail, which he has already served.

PUBLIC LANDS: Rancher Cliven Bundy gets new lawyer

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:56 -0400

Rancher Cliven Bundy has retained Las Vegas attorney Bret Whipple for his defense in the Bunkerville standoff case.

COAL: Appeals court reviews Don Blankenship's appeal

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:57 -0400

Former coal operator Don Blankenship is appealing his misdemeanor conviction in connection with the country's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Man gets probation for whooping crane killings

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:59 -0400

A man in southeast Texas has been sentenced to five years of federal probation for killing two endangered whooping cranes.

BUSINESS: Report questions Exxon's financial standing

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:01 -0400

Critics of Exxon Mobil Corp. are touting a new study citing a 45 percent drop in company revenue over the past five years and lagging stock prices as evidence of a potentially irreversible decline, impacted by a global shift away from fossil fuels.

POLITICS: Michael Bloomberg to write book on climate change

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:03 -0400

New York City's former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is tackling climate change in a new book with environmentalist Carl Pope.

WEATHER: Scientist debunks Death Valley temperature record

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:04 -0400

Death Valley in California does not hold the record of highest temperature recorded on Earth as was previously thought, according to an analysis out this week.

EXTREME WEATHER: Texas leads nation in flooding-related deaths

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:06 -0400

Texas leads the nation in flood fatalities, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis.

BUSINESS: Murray Energy to sell Ohio gas reserves

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:08 -0400

Murray Energy Corp. is selling almost 6,000 acres of oil and gas reserves in the Utica Shale, the company said in an announcement this morning.

DAKOTA ACCESS: The Rev. Jesse Jackson joins pipeline fight

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:10 -0400

Civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he will join the Dakota Access pipeline protests, bolstering the notion that Native Americans have a "moral claim to be heard."

AUTONOMOUS CARS: Driverless truck makes beer run

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:12 -0400

The famous Budweiser Clydesdales have some new competition in the form of a self-driving truck.

RAIL: Train derails in Wis., spills chemical

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:14 -0400

A train derailment in northern Wisconsin on Monday led to a chemical spill that brought hazardous materials workers to the scene. The wreck, just south of the town of Superior, caused no injuries.

DRINKING WATER: EPA eyes revamp to rule limiting lead levels

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:15 -0400

U.S. EPA released a white paper today laying out the agency's options as it revises the 25-year-old Lead and Copper Rule.

WATER POLLUTION: Toxin in N.C. wells occurs naturally — study

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:17 -0400

Hexavalent chromium, the toxin found in North Carolina wells near Duke Energy coal ash ponds, does not come from the ponds themselves but is naturally occurring, according to a study published today.

OBITUARY: Wis. scientist who probed pollution dies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:19 -0400

Byron Shaw, a former professor of water resources in Wisconsin whose findings led to the passage of the state's first groundwater protection law, died last week at the age of 73.

TOXICS: Oil-field wastewater taints Calif. cropland — report

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:21 -0400

Farmers in California's fertile Central Valley have infused billions of gallons of oil-field wastewater — possibly laced with toxic compounds — into 95,000 acres of crops since 2014, according to a report released today by the Environmental Working Group.

PESTICIDES: WHO asked scientists to withhold Roundup chemical info

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:23 -0400

The World Health Organization's cancer arm asked scientists on one of its review panels to withhold documents they were told to release under U.S. freedom of information regulations, according to Reuters.

CHINA: Officials charged with pollution data tampering

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:25 -0400

Environmental protection officials in China were detained yesterday after officials discovered they had tampered with air equality monitoring equipment and falsified data.

NORWAY: 'No danger to health' after reactor leaks

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:26 -0400

Nuclear authorities in Norway announced yesterday that a leak at a small nuclear reactor has been contained and that no environmental impact is expected.

CANADA: Aboriginals, enviros to sue over LNG project

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:28 -0400

Aboriginal and environmental groups plan to file lawsuits tomorrow against the Canadian government over a controversial liquefied natural gas project permitted in British Columbia.

CHINA: Officials vow to boost monitoring, public health

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:30 -0400

Chinese officials announced plans yesterday to implement a thorough environmental monitoring program by 2030 in order to bolster public health and increase life expectancy.