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August 21, 2017 Opinion
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke eating lunch with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue. (Photo: USDA / Flickr)

Trump's Other Agent of Ecocide

By: Brian Klonoski

Should we conserve American wilderness and cultural sites, or bulldoze trees, lop off mountaintops and deface areas of spiritual and ancestral heritage to benefit extractive industries? The fiery, never-ending debate...

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August 11, 2017 Environment

The Last Plastic Straw: How Legislation Can Stop Plastic Pollution

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

I have been writing about single use plastics for a long time, well before I co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition in 2009.  In that time, plastic pollution has only escalated despite...

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June 30, 2017 Opinion

Scott Pruitt, You Have No Conscience

By: Ariane Sims

Mr. Pruitt, It’s been a little over three months since I last wrote and I have yet to receive a response.  No, no — it’s okay.  You’re a very busy...

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June 22, 2017 Politics
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is shaking up senior-level staff. (Photo: Tony Llama / Flickr)

Why Is Ryan Zinke Shaking Up the Interior Department?

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On Wednesday, The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request for public records that address the sweeping reassignment of dozens of high-level staff within the Department of the...

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June 20, 2017 Politics
An endangered Wyoming toad. (Photo: USFWS / Flickr)

Wyoming Governor Attacks Endangered Species Act

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has attacked the Endangered Species Act, saying, “It’s not good industry, it’s not good for business and, quite frankly, it’s not good for the species.” He added that...

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June 13, 2017 Environment
The Milky Way unfurls over Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument. (Photo: John Fowler / Flickr)

Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears National Monument

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Trump vastly shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, removing critical protections for irreplaceable public lands and rewarding corporate polluters and the lawmakers they...

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June 6, 2017 Politics
Earlier this year, the Obama administration denied six applications for seismic exploration in the Atlantic, in part because the loud blasts would harm critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. (Photo: NOAA)

Trump Officials Push for Atlantic Oil Exploration Using Harmful Seismic Blasting

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration today issued draft authorizations to five companies to search for oil off the Atlantic Coast — from Florida to Delaware — using loud seismic airgun blasts that hurt whales,...

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May 26, 2017 Politics
In a show of overwhelming public support, Bears Ears National Monument received more than 685,000 comments in favor of protecting the national monument in just 15 days. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

Overwhelming Support for Bears Ears in the Form of 685,000 Public Comments

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Supporters of Bears Ears National Monument sent a flood of comments to the Department of the Interior urging that the Utah monument be protected, with more than 685,000 messages of...

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May 23, 2017 Politics
President Trump in Charleston, South Carolina in February. (Photo: North Charleston / Flickr)

Trump's Budget Unkind to Environment and Endangered Species

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration’s detailed 2018 budget proposal, released on Tuesday, contains unprecedented funding cuts for the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency and increased spending for a...

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May 17, 2017 Politics
Protesters at the Climate March. (Photo: Edward Kimmel / Flickr)

EPA Gets Earful After Opening Public Comments on Deregulation

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley It turns out Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt's plan to gut environmental protections is wildly unpopular as a call for public comment amassed nearly 60,000...

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May 17, 2017 Politics
The coal-fired Teco Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida. (Photo: Bjørn Christian Finbråten / Flickr)

Bill Letting Big Industry Veto Environmental Rules Progresses in Senate

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today marked up and approved two harmful deregulation bills that would make it harder to protect people and imperiled wildlife from environmentally destructive practices....

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May 15, 2017 Politics
Climate skeptic and conservative radio host Sam Clovis, right, is likely to be President Trump's pick for USDA undersecretary for research, education, and economics -- a scientific post tasked with overseeing the agency's scientific research. (Photo: USDA / Flickr)

Trump to Pick Radio Host to Be 'Chief Scientist' at USDA

By: Common Dreams

By Nika Knight President Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis, a conservative talk show host who campaigned for Trump in Iowa, for the position of "chief scientist" as...

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