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07/09/2019

Health Groups Sue Over Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Emissions Rule

The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association are suing the Trump administration over its rollback of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which targeted power plant emissions. Trump replaced the plan with a new rule that critics say will do little to reduce pollution from power plants. 

(The Hill)

Critics Saw '1984' Moment in Trump's Environment Speech

A review of President Donald Trump's speech yesterday found many false claims about environmental issues and credit taken for achievements resulting from actions taken by his predecessors. 

(The New York Times)

23 Governors Join California in Opposing Trump Auto Standards Freeze

Citing climate-damaging tailpipe emissions, 23 U.S. governors signed a pledge backing California leaders in opposing the Trump administration's plans to relax vehicle mileage standards. The leaders are rebuking Trump's move to freeze Obama-era mileage standards, one of the former president's key efforts against climate change.  

(Associated Press)

Tom Steyer Officially Announces Presidential Bid

Tom Steyer officially entered the race on Tuesday for the Democratic presidential nomination. The billionaire, who has teased political bids before without launching a campaign, has been a funding force in Democratic politics in recent years, bankrolling candidates and organizations that promote liberal causes, particularly around climate change. 

(CNN)

Mississippi Closes Beaches Because of Toxic Algae Blooms

The relentless heavy rains in the Midwest have flushed vast amounts of fertilizer and manure into waterways, triggering a potentially unprecedented season of algae blooms. In Mississippi, the blooms have closed beaches to swimming, dealing a blow to the local tourism business. 

(The New York Times)

Miners' Union Invites Democratic Candidates to Court Coal Workers

The United Mine Workers of America has for the first time invited every Democratic presidential candidate to tour a coal mine and to discuss their thoughts on finding a place for coal workers in their vision for the nation's energy future. The union's president said many miners are interested in starting a dialogue. 

(NBC News)

In an Era of Extreme Weather, Concerns Grow Over Dam Safety

Many of the United States' 91,000 dams are aging and sorely in need of repairs that could cost tens of billions of dollars. As extreme precipitation events become more frequent in a warming world, experts worry that dam failures will increase, threatening lives and releasing toxic sediments trapped in reservoirs into the environment. 

(Yale Environment 360)

This Winter Saw the Most U.S. Honeybee Colony Losses in More Than a Decade

This past winter, the United States saw the most honeybee colonies lost in more than a decade, according to the nonprofit Bee Informed. The significant drop in bee population, which may have links to climate change, can have dire impacts on crops, threatening food security. 

(CNN)

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