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Published: 2017-01-23

 



Trump's scrapping of TPP complicates Japan's trade, growth options.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolve to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has knocked out a pillar of Japan’s growth strategy, but analysts say the nation’s best chance at overcoming the setback lies in tapping into the business orientation of Trump himself.



The social cost of carbon.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

A state-of-the-art report that brings together some of the best minds in environmental policy and economics recommends a new way of evaluating the social costs of carbon pollution to keep up with the best available science. Living On Earth’s Helen Palmer and Professor Billy Pizer, an economist at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy discussed the changes and why social cost evaluations are crucial to tackling carbon pollution.



FLASHBACK, 2009: Senate confirms Lisa Jackson as EPA adminstrator.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

A temporary stumbling block disappeared early Friday, allowing for quick Senate confirmation of New Jersey's Lisa Jackson as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.



North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.



Public lands: 7 states with the most at stake on development .

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Change is coming to America's Western landscape as Donald Trump is sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States.



'Out of control' wildfires damage protected areas in northern Peru.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Fueled by agriculture and drought, the fires burned around 2,700 hectares during the last few months of 2016.



Global warming never 'paused' and could soon accelerate, warns NASA scientist.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

The idea that global warming “paused” has been comprehensively refuted by the record warm temperatures over the last three years – and the rate of increase could soon start to accelerate, a leading NASA scientist has warned.



Amish targeted over environmental problems.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

William Kautz grew up in the Chesapeake Bay's backyard. He remembers standing in water up to his hips that was so clear he could see his feet. A few decades later, he couldn't even see his shins.



Erosion – Donald Trump vs global warming music video.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Rapper Baba Brinkman takes on Trump and climate denial.



China bans straw burning for cleaner air.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

One of China's big cities, Tianjin is next to Beijing.  From March 1, open air burning of straw can be fined at a maximum of 2,000 yuan (291 US dollars), Xinhua news agency reported.



There's even a Women's March in Antarctica.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

As millions gathered for women's marches in Washington, D.C. and around the world, a cold, brave group of protesters also assembled -- in Antarctica.



Measles outbreak grows in L.A.'s Orthodox Jewish community despite California's strict new vaccination law.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Six months after California’s strict vaccine law took effect, a measles outbreak has infected 20 people, most of them in Los Angeles County, prompting a search for others who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.



California nail salons start to invest in worker safety.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

A California project is trying to improve safety for nail salon workers who are exposed to chemicals. A statewide collaborative of salons now has 120 members.



This is how change comes to Washington — detail by bureaucratic detail.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Nearly simultaneously with President Trump’s oath of office Friday, the White House website shifted to remove climate change related content from the Obama years and supplant it with a new statement of Trump’s energy policy — one focused, it said, reducing “burdensome regulations on our energy industry.”



At the Women's March, a call for climate protection, too.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Amid a sea of signs and pink hats, plenty of people also marched for environment and climate science.



Wide Gulf between rhetoric and reality over fossil fuels and renewables' future.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Ali Alzaabi could have followed the well-trodden path of other young mechanical engineers in the United Arab Emirates and joined the oil and gas industry. Instead, he chose solar energy.



Two scientists' concerns over years of inaction.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

In recent months, two climate modelers – Ben Sanderson, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado, and Reto Knutti of ETH Zurich, Switzerland – examined how Trump administration inaction and actions might influence future planetary warming. They concluded that a four- or eight-year delay in mitigation could lead to substantially exceeding global temperature limits for dangerous levels of emissions and concentrations, perhaps indefinitely.



Pruitt and Perry continue to play down climate change.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

President Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) and former Texas governor Rick Perry (R) to lead the agencies at the forefront of the nation’s response to global warming. In their nomination hearings last week, both men downplayed expert warnings about the nature and extent of the crisis.



Trump ignores climate at our peril.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Unsurprisingly, 2016 was the hottest year on record - the third straight year in which worldwide temperatures have reached record levels. Ironically, Scott Pruitt, the climate change skeptic whom Donald Trump has chosen to run the Environmental Protection Agency, just happened to be testifying before a Senate committee charged with vetting his nomination when the announcement was made.



The real climate hoax.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Perhaps taking a page from the bad old days of the petroleum-influenced George W. Bush administration, Donald Trump's cabinet nominees aren't denying the science behind climate change, they're just trying to cast doubt.



The anti-Trump opposition began Saturday. Here’s what it should do.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

The nation’s streets were filled with anti-Trump opposition Saturday. This passion could be channeled into a movement that is reasonable and effective. Or not.



Beyond The headlines.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Peter Dykstra and host Helen Palmer examine proposed legislation in Wyoming that would ensure renewable energy cannot be used in the state for power generation, and the reluctance of the EPA to pay compensation for a disastrous mine waste spill. Also in environmental history, they note a trio of aviation firsts that include one mishap that might have left a hydrogen bomb underneath Greenland’s melting ice.



A worsening political climate.

2017-01-22T09:00-05:00

Sometimes, you just have to appreciate the small things. Ten years ago Monday, George W. Bush–you know, the last Republican to slide into the Oval Office without winning the popular vote–delivered his second-to-last State of the Union Address, and for the first time in a Bush SOTU speech, he acknowledged the reality of a problem that most of his party regarded as a left-wing hoax:



Another nuclear weapons contractor pays millions to settle charges of illegally diverting federal funds.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

Allegations of illegally spending federal funds to lobby for new funds now encompass contractors working at six of the eight U.S. nuclear weapons sites.



Donald Trump sees the future in coal. China sees the future in renewables. Who’s making the safer bet?

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

In Donald Trump's vision of America, some parts of the country's future look a lot like its past. Exhibit A: his promise to revive the flagging coal industry.



All references to climate change have been deleted from the White House website.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.



Trump White House fabricates wages figure on first day.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

Shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Friday, the White House said that eliminating power plant climate rules, a clean water rule and other environmental regulations would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”



Second winner of environmental prize killed months after Berta Cáceres death.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

Goldman prize winner Isidro Baldenegro López, who was known for his activism against illegal logging, was shot dead months after Berta Cáceres was murdered.



Big unfinished business for Trump: Colorado River deals, the shrinking Salton Sea.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

Two days before President Donald Trump's inauguration, outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan for averting serious water shortages along the Colorado River.



Trump White House takes down Native Americans web page from website.

2017-01-21T09:00-05:00

Change is inevitable when a presidential administration occurs. Within hours of the presidential transition, the White House, now under the control of President Donald Trump, took down the Native Americans web page that was part of the Obama White House website for the past eight years.