The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fight Could Go to the Supreme Court

The fight over the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline may be headed to the Supreme Court. Dominion Energy, the lead developer of the project that would carry fracked natural gas for 605 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, said Tuesday it would appeal to the nation’s highest court after an appeals court refused to … Read moreThe Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fight Could Go to the Supreme Court

‘It’s Not Going to Get Turned Around in 10 Years’: Sen. Feinstein Criticized for Dismissive Attitude to Young Climate Activists

An encounter between 15 San Francisco middle and high school students and California Senator Dianne Feinstein on Friday revealed a generational divide within the Democratic party when it comes to acting on climate change. The children arrived to ask Feinstein to support the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … Read more‘It’s Not Going to Get Turned Around in 10 Years’: Sen. Feinstein Criticized for Dismissive Attitude to Young Climate Activists

Bernie Sanders Enters 2020 Race, Promises Own Version of Green New Deal

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest candidate in a crowded Democratic primary field to promise a Green New Deal if elected, The Washington Post reported. “I’m running for president because we need to make policy decisions based on science, not politics,” Sanders wrote … Read moreBernie Sanders Enters 2020 Race, Promises Own Version of Green New Deal

103-Year-Old Grandma Becomes Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon celebrates its 100th birthday as a national park this month, but it just earned itself a protector who is even older! On Jan. 14, 103-year-old Rose Torphy visited the Grand Canyon with her daughter. While there, she stopped in at the park store and learned about the junior ranger program, then decided … Read more103-Year-Old Grandma Becomes Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon

Five Acts of Environmental Leadership to Celebrate this Presidents Day

Today, the U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day, a day to commemorate the leadership and legacy of the so-far only men who have governed the country since its founding. Here at EcoWatch, we think some of the most amazing things about the U.S. are its unique and beautiful landscapes and wildlife. So this Presidents Day, we would … Read moreFive Acts of Environmental Leadership to Celebrate this Presidents Day

Watchdog Group: EPA Sharing Pro-Trump Resignation Letter Violated Laws Against Campaigning on Public Dime

This post was originally published on this site The Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ran afoul of a law against campaigning when it made a resignation letter praising President Donald Trump available to the press, watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said Monday. On Feb. 7, former … Read moreWatchdog Group: EPA Sharing Pro-Trump Resignation Letter Violated Laws Against Campaigning on Public Dime

Rare Footage of Arizona Ocelot Shows What Could Be Lost by Border Wall

This post was originally published on this site Feline conservation group Conservation CATalyst released what it says is the first-ever trail camera footage of an endangered ocelot in Arizona on Sunday, at what the group said on its Facebook page is a “critical point” in the species’ conservation. That is partly because of President Donald … Read moreRare Footage of Arizona Ocelot Shows What Could Be Lost by Border Wall

Climate Change Seen as Top Threat in Global Survey

This post was originally published on this site Climate change is seen as the biggest international threat facing many nations, according to a 26-country survey released by the Pew Research Center on Sunday. Thirteen of the countries surveyed listed global warming as their top security concern. Other major concerns were the Islamic State or ISIS, … Read moreClimate Change Seen as Top Threat in Global Survey

Insects Could Go Extinct Within a Century, With ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences for Life on Earth

This post was originally published on this site More than 40 percent of the world’s insects could go extinct in the next few decades, according to a report that lead author Francisco Sánchez-Bayo told CNN was the first global review of the threats facing the class that makes up 70 percent of earth’s animals. A … Read moreInsects Could Go Extinct Within a Century, With ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences for Life on Earth

Two Pipelines Shut Down After 43 Barrels of Crude Leak into Missouri Soil

This post was originally published on this site Parts of two pipelines owned by controversial Canadian pipeline companies remained shut down Thursday following the discovery of a leak near St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, CBC News reported. Both TransCanada‘s Keystone pipeline and Enbridge‘s Platte pipeline run parallel to each other through the area. The Keystone … Read moreTwo Pipelines Shut Down After 43 Barrels of Crude Leak into Missouri Soil

Ship That Spilled 700+ Gallons Into Vancouver, BC Bay Acquitted

This post was originally published on this site The ship MV Marathassa was acquitted of all charges Thursday relating to an oil spill that released 2,700 liters (approximately 713.3 gallons) of fuel into Vancouver, B.C.’s English Bay and coated four migratory birds with oil. The ship was originally charged with discharging a pollutant into the … Read moreShip That Spilled 700+ Gallons Into Vancouver, BC Bay Acquitted

New House Speaker Pelosi Calls Climate Change ‘Existential Threat’ in Opening Remarks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi received a standing ovation after calling for action on climate change during her first address to the 116th session of Congress Thursday, according to a video shared by Newsweek. “We must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis, a crisis manifested in natural disasters of … Read moreNew House Speaker Pelosi Calls Climate Change ‘Existential Threat’ in Opening Remarks

‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities. They knew he would use his time in office to increase the access of extractive industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Within hours of taking power Tuesday, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for recognizing Indigenous lands to the … Read more‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

Thirsty Koala Becomes the Face of Australia’s Heat Wave

As Australia’s record-breaking heatwave scorches on into the New Year, one woman’s act of kindness to a thirsty animal has gone viral. Chantelle Lowrie was visiting a camp ground near the Murray River in the Australian state of Victoria Saturday when she saw a koala. “It was 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 F)— very, very hot … Read moreThirsty Koala Becomes the Face of Australia’s Heat Wave

NBC’s Meet the Press Devotes Entire Show to Climate Change With No Time for Deniers

In an unusual move for the Sunday talk show circuit, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd devoted its entire program Sunday to discussing climate change, and only interviewed people who acknowledge that it is a serious threat. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it,” Todd said, as Mother Jones reported. … Read moreNBC’s Meet the Press Devotes Entire Show to Climate Change With No Time for Deniers

EPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

This post was originally published on this site The partial government shutdown that began nearly a week ago is likely to drag into the New Year, CNN reported Friday. The House and Senate both met only briefly on Thursday and made no progress towards resolving the impasse between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump over … Read moreEPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

10 Climate-Related Disasters That Cost More Than $1 Billion in 2018

This post was originally published on this site From wildfires in California to flooding in Japan, 2018 made it very clear that climate change isn’t just a future threat. To drive the point home, the charity Christian Aid published a report Thursday that puts a price tag on some of the most devastating extreme weather … Read more10 Climate-Related Disasters That Cost More Than $1 Billion in 2018

Extreme Heat Wave Roasting Australia at Record Breaking 120.74 F

It’s been the opposite of a white Christmas in Australia, as a major heat wave scorches the Land Down Under. Temperatures in the country’s southeast are around 14 C (approximately 24 F) higher than normal for late December, and some parts of the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia topped 40 C … Read moreExtreme Heat Wave Roasting Australia at Record Breaking 120.74 F

Two More Michigan Officials Plead ‘No Contest’ as Flint Water Crisis Investigation Continues

This post was originally published on this site Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water crisis plead “no contest” in a bid to avoid felony charges. As part of their deal, they will also testify against others involved with the scandal, which contaminated the town of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water with lead and … Read moreTwo More Michigan Officials Plead ‘No Contest’ as Flint Water Crisis Investigation Continues

How a Tiny Wasp With Invisible Eggs Is Wreaking Havoc on Spain’s Chestnut Harvest

This post was originally published on this site The Genal Valley in Southern Spain is famous for its sweet chestnuts, and that could give the economically struggling region a huge boost as vegans and vegetarians in Northern Europe develop a taste for Castanea sativa. But a new threat is putting the valley’s reputation, and future, … Read moreHow a Tiny Wasp With Invisible Eggs Is Wreaking Havoc on Spain’s Chestnut Harvest

Could a Seaweed-Eating Microbe Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Crisis?

This post was originally published on this site The use of traditional plastics poses a major threat to the world’s oceans: If current trends continue, plastics will outnumber fish by 2050. But the oceans might also contain the solution to this massive problem, researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered. That solution comes in … Read moreCould a Seaweed-Eating Microbe Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Crisis?

‘A Lot of These Species Are Right on the Edge’: More Than 50 Australian Plant Species Could Go Extinct in 10 Years

Scientists published the first major assessment of the health of Australian plant species in two decades, and the results are urgent, The Guardian reported Tuesday. More than 50 of Australian plant species could go extinct within the next decade, but only 12 of them are listed as “critically endangered” under the nation’s Environment Protection and … Read more‘A Lot of These Species Are Right on the Edge’: More Than 50 Australian Plant Species Could Go Extinct in 10 Years

Foxes Still Killed in Boxing Day Hunts Despite Ban, UK Activists Say

This post was originally published on this site A controversial tradition persisted in England and Wales this Boxing Day as around 250,000 people gathered for annual fox hunts around the country, BBC News reported. Traditional fox hunting, in which hounds both chase and kill a fox, was banned in England and Wales 2004, but hunting … Read moreFoxes Still Killed in Boxing Day Hunts Despite Ban, UK Activists Say

At Least 373 Dead as Surprise Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

A tsunami struck Indonesia without warning Saturday night, killing at least 373 people and injuring more than 1,400, The Associated Press reported Monday. With 128 still missing, the death toll is expected to rise further in the second deadliest tsunami to inundate the country this year. The first deadliest killed at least 2,100 on Sulawesi … Read moreAt Least 373 Dead as Surprise Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

How the Government Shutdown Could Impact the Nation’s Environment

This post was originally published on this site A partial government shutdown continued for a third day Monday as legislators left the capital for the holidays, CNBC reported Monday. The shutdown is due to an impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress over $5 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall, a construction project that … Read moreHow the Government Shutdown Could Impact the Nation’s Environment

Artist Creates Advent Calendar From Beach Trash to Raise Awareness of Ocean Plastics

This post was originally published on this site At least eight million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year, and some of it washes up on the beautiful pink-sand beaches of Bermuda. But one inventive artist has found a way to turn this tragedy into a unique and educational take on … Read moreArtist Creates Advent Calendar From Beach Trash to Raise Awareness of Ocean Plastics

Are Democratic Party Leaders Shying Away From a Green New Deal?

This post was originally published on this site Congressional Democratic leaders have tapped Florida Representative Kathy Castor to chair a renewed climate change committee, the congresswoman confirmed to E&E News Thursday, dampening the hopes of activists and progressive Democrats that the committee would focus on drafting a Green New Deal to provide jobs while transitioning … Read moreAre Democratic Party Leaders Shying Away From a Green New Deal?

Scientists Combine House Plant With Rabbit Gene to Form ‘Green Liver’ Against Indoor Air Pollution

This post was originally published on this site Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) may have found an unexpected way to tackle persistent indoor air pollution: a common houseplant modified with rabbit DNA. Researchers wanted to find a way to remove the toxic compounds chloroform and benzene from the home, a UW press release … Read moreScientists Combine House Plant With Rabbit Gene to Form ‘Green Liver’ Against Indoor Air Pollution