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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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May 4, 2017 Politics
President Donald Trump and his aides are mulling a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which could cast the U.S. as an international pariah. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Trump Mulls Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

By: Common Dreams

By Deirdre Fulton With the Trump administration reportedly on the verge of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, environmental groups are warning that doing so could make the U.S. an international...

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April 28, 2017 Politics
A new bill calls for the U.S. to be entirely powered by renewable energy by 2050. (Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash)

Confronting Climate Change, Bill Seeks 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday introduced legislation to build a 100 percent renewable energy economy by 2050 — a bill that...

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April 24, 2017 Climate & Energy
A protestor at the March for Science in Minnesota (Photo: Laurie Shaull / Flickr)

As Scientists March, CO2 Levels Hit Record

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley The amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere is now officially off the charts as the planet last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) milestone for the...

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April 21, 2017 Politics
Photo: Julia DeSantis / Flickr

March For Science Ready to Roll

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis On Saturday, people around the world will mark Earth Day with a March for Science to protest the Trump administration's crackdown on climate action and medical research. The marches come as President...

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April 10, 2017 Politics
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

A 30-Year EPA Staffer Just Quit. Here's His Letter to Pruitt.

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee stepped down after 30 years on the job last week with a letter to EPA chief Scott Pruitt that left no doubt about...

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April 6, 2017 Environment
The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

Protecting Bears Ears: The Untold Story

By: Jedamiah Wolf

Efforts to conserve Utah's Bears Ears National Monument received substantial press coverage after Patagonia and other outdoor apparel companies forced the Outdoor Retailer Show to search for a new home...

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April 4, 2017 Politics
Donald Trump in 2014. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Optimism in the Face of Ecocide

By: Brian Klonoski

Through a series of devastating executive orders, memoranda and decisions, the Trump administration has taken aim at the environment and has sought to erase President Obama's signature achievements related to...

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March 31, 2017 Politics
Demonstrators in Cambridge, MA protest the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2015. (Photo: Peter Bowden / Flickr)

Groups File Lawsuits to Resist Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley Rising to the challenge set by the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations and Indigenous groups are already firing back with a pair of lawsuits...

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March 27, 2017 Climate & Energy
Los Angeles is reducing emissions and conserving water by implementing cool streets and light colored roof tops along with increased tree canopy. (Photo: Josh Rose / Unsplash)

America’s Largest Cities Tackle Climate Change Despite Trump’s Anti-Environmental Agenda

By: Jedamiah Wolf

While dark clouds of climate denialism loom over the nation's capital, mayors from America's largest cities continue to champion climate policy and sustainability initiatives in their local jurisdictions. Planet Experts...

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March 20, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt, How the Hell Do You Sleep at Night?

By: Ariane Sims

Dear Mr. Pruitt, Congratulations on your confirmation last month as the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. What a political coup that was! Surely, no other nominee has ever faced...

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March 16, 2017 Environment

Clean Water Needs EPA

By: Marc Yaggi

Reposted with permission from Waterkeeper Alliance On the spring day of April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand clean water, clean air, and...

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