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03/24/2020

Trump’s EPA Fast-Tracks a Controversial Rule That Would Restrict the Use of Health Science

The Trump administration has moved to expand and fast-track a proposal to limit the use of human health science in environmental decision-making. But with the nation in a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, researchers and environmentalists are calling the move "reckless" and "unconscionable."

(InsideClimate News)

PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric, California's largest utility, said Monday that it had agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Camp Fire, the state's deadliest wildfire. State regulators determined last year that PG&E's equipment caused the fire that killed 85 people in 2018.

(The New York Times)

Climate Change Push Fuels Split on Coronavirus Stimulus

Clean energy and climate advocates say the huge stimulus bill Congress is negotiating should address not only the economy, but also climate change. But a split over that appears to have contributed to delays in passing the bill.

(NPR)

Court Sides With Scientists on EPA Policy Barring Grantees From Serving on Agency Boards

A federal appeals court sided with scientists Monday, forcing a lower court to reconsider a case challenging the EPA's decision to bar those who receive agency grants from sitting on its boards—such as its esteemed Science Advisory Board. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt argued the move prevented conflicts of interest.

(The Hill)

A Plant in Florida Emits Vast Quantities of a Greenhouse Gas Nearly 300 Times More Potent Than Carbon Dioxide

A chemical plant in north Florida, a climate killer hiding in plain site, is the largest point source of nitrous oxide emissions in the country, emitting the greenhouse gas equivalent of 2.1 million automobiles per year.

(InsideClimate News)

Scientists Discover Massive Instability Under East Antarctica Glacier

Scientists thought the Denman Glacier was less vulnerable than Antarctica's western coast, but it has receded almost three miles in two decades, according to NASA-led research published on Monday. The glacier contains enough water to eventually raise global sea levels by 5 feet.

(Bloomberg)

United Nations Shifts from Climate Change to Coronavirus

The world must focus on battling the coronavirus pandemic and put climate change on the back burner, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres via an unprecedented online press conference he organized last week. Still, Guterres urged countries not to lose sight of the climate crisis.

(Scientific American)

House Stimulus Includes Controversial Effort to Stem Airline Pollution

The stimulus package to battle the economic effects of the coronavirus proposed by House Democrats includes provisions to crack down on pollution from the airline industry, such as requiring airlines to go carbon neutral for domestic flights by 2025.

(The Hill)

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