Daily Archives: July 28, 2018

What Trump’s Interior pick means for federal lands and national parks


Grist

Published on Jan 12, 2017

President-elect Trump has tapped Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to head the Dept. of the Interior, the cabinet tasked with overseeing all the National Parks, as well over 500 million acres of other federal lands, or about one-fifth of the entire U.S. As Secretary of the Interior, Zinke will make decisions that impact conservation, recreation, wildlife refuges, endangered species, tribal lands, clean air and water, energy development, and the economy, as well as our beloved National Parks. So who is this guy anyway? We explain above.

What The Trump Administration Has Proposed To Change In The Endangered Species Act : NPR

 

July 26, 20184:15 PM ET
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The Trump administration wants to roll back some rules for endangered species. Environmentalists say it could mean more species go extinct.

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For 45 years, the Endangered Species Act has helped to keep struggling plant and animal species from going extinct. But the landmark law has also grown politically divisive. Republicans and industry groups say it hurts economic growth. Congress is weighing a number of bills that would limit the Endangered Species Act. And now the Trump administration is proposing changes that some environmental groups say would undermine the Act altogether. NPR’s Nathan Rott is here with us to sort through all of this. Hey, Nate.

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The Trump Administration Takes on the Endangered Species Act | The New Yorker

The Endangered Species Act has been instrumental in saving animals such as black-footed ferrets, but extinction rates remain hundreds of times higher than they’ve been at most other points in the history of life on Earth.

Photograph By Kathryn Scott Osler / The Denver Post / Getty

In the summer of 1973, the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries approved a version of the Endangered Species Act and sent the bill to the floor of Congress. To accompany the measure, the committee—now defunct—produced a report that offered the following analogy. Imagine that a copy of every book in the world had been deposited in one enormous building. Now imagine that a madman was somehow able to enter the building, light a bonfire, and incinerate part of the collection. The response would be outrage. At the very least, the administrators of the building would be censured; probably they would be replaced.

“So it is with mankind,” the report observed. Like it or not, humans had become the administrators of the planet: “we are our brother’s keepers, and we are also keepers of the rest of the house.”

A few weeks after the report was issued, the House approved the bill by a vote of 390–12. The Senate approved its version 92–0. During the signing ceremony for the Endangered Species Act, President Richard Nixon said, “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.”

Forty-five years later, there is a madman in the building. In fact, there are several. Last week, the Trump Administration proposed what the Times called “the most sweeping set of changes in decades” to the regulations used to enforce the Act. The changes would weaken protections for endangered species, while making it easier for companies to build roads, pipelines, or mines in crucial habitats. Under current regulations, government agencies are supposed to make decisions about what species need safeguarding “without reference to possible economic or other impacts.” The Administration wants to scratch that phrase. It also wants to scale back protections for threatened species—these are one notch down on the endangerment scale—and to make it easier to delist species that have been classified as endangered.

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Trump administration seeks to roll back Endangered Species Act


Latest News
Published on Jul 19, 2018

Trump administration seeks to roll back Endangered Species Act Trump administration seeks to roll back Endangered Species Act The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency and NOAA proposed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Thursday. Why it matters: The changes could reduce protections for at-risk plants and animals, and make it easier to delist species. Key takeaways: The proposal limits consultation between agencies in cases where federal activity could harm a species. It makes it easier to remove plants and animals from the list of protected species. The proposal adds regulatory hurdles to the process of d…

How climate change affects China


CNN

Published on Nov 30, 2015

Rising sea levels could drastically decrease the size of Shanghai, China. CNN’s Tom Sater explains.

Climate Change | Spotlight: China — VR


NationalSierraClub
Published on Dec 7, 2015

http://www.actinparis.org The Sierra Club and RYOT launch an immersive experience, narrated by legendary singer/actress Cher, highlighting the dirty, dangerous effects of coal pollution from power plants and the industries that buy their power from China. For thousands of years, China stood as a global beacon of culture, achievement, and natural beauty. But now, China is the earth’s leading driver of carbon pollution. It produces more CO2 emissions than the United States and Europe combined. For more info: actinparis.org.

Typhoon Jongdari: Powerful storm hits weather-ravaged Japan – BBC News

A powerful storm has hit Japan, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 180km/h (110mph).

Typhoon Jongdari (or “skylark” in Korean) made landfall on the country’s main island, Honshu, at 01:00 (16:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Weather officials have since downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warn that heavy rain could trigger landslides.

The storm comes less than a month after floods killed more than 200 people, and then a heatwave left dozens dead.

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