Six Thanksgiving Ideas
In addition to remembering family, friends and community, add to your list farmers, the hungry, our pollinating friends and, of course, cranberries. These tips and more with the help of our online neighbors. View full post . . .
Senate bill would cut EPA funding by $150M. would receive about $7.9B, which is $149.5 million less than current. ➔ The Hill
EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back Obama-era Clean Power Plan despite alarming climate report. "Does this report have any bearing on that? No it doesn't." ➔ USA Today
Scott Pruitt seeks to weaken independent scientific review. Technical committees were previously seen as being beyond the political fray. No longer.
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Number of the Month: 2.3 Million Miles
By John Cronin | Nov 20, 2017
If you need a reminder there are issues more pressing than the President's tweets, try the Infrastructure Report Card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. There is no comprehensive plan for repair and replacement of America's water infrastructure -- the more than 1 million miles of pipe that deliver the nation's drinking water and 1.3 million miles of pipe that take away domestic wastes View full post. . .
A New Generation of Scientist Fearless About Relevance: EarthDesk Conversation with Pace Professor Anne Toomey
In the midst of the Trump administration’s “war on science,” Anne Toomey, Pace University Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Science, is part of a new generation of scientist that believes in science that serves community.read more
Attempts to suppress environmentalism are as old as environmentalism itself. Industrial polluters have gone to great lengths to stifle advocacy, but their expansion of censorship laws has finally crossed a line for some federal judges. Reporting by Brian Palmer of NRDC’s onEarth.read more
Trump’s Agencies to Trump: “No convincing alternative explanation” for climate change but human causes.
A 477-page Climate Science Special Report by 14 federal agencies repudiates the Trump administration climate position and finds that human activities are the only credible explanation for warming of the planet and extreme weather events.read more
“Muzzling scientists, scrubbing websites, attacking journalists: all in a shameful day’s work for our bought-and-paid-for EPA administrator. It’s time to stop him,” writes Jeff Turrentine, culture and politics columnist for onEarth, the digital publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council.read more
“The landscape of South Africa is as diverse as its people,” says Bethany A. Ordonez of her home country. A Pace masters in environmental science candidate, she says “Learning about population dynamics and wildlife conservation has given me a greater understanding of the animals I see in the wild. When I look at the animal I see not only the animal, but its place in the ecosystem as well.”read more
Scientific journals and literature are full of insights on what does and doesn’t work in conservation. Why then is evidence-based conservation so difficult to achieve? Pace Professor Anne Toomey and colleagues argue for non-liner knowledge exchange that flows in two directions.read more
EarthDesk is pleased to present this splendid gallery of elephant photographs taken by Pace masters in environmental science candidate Bethany A. Ordonez in her native South Africa. “We don’t consider wildlife conservation to be an abstract idea that is the job of someone else, instead for South African’s its OUR wildlife, OUR heritage, and it is OUR responsibility to protect it and voice our opinions.”read more
Written and lobbied by the students of the Pace Environmental Clinic, the Elephant Protection Act is now law, making New York the first state to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment. “Taking a passion and turning it into legislation signed by the Governor is something I never imagined,” said former clinician and Pace masters in environmental policy student Nicole Virgona.read more
“Your planet is changing. We’re on it.” NASA adopted the motto during the Obama years, and is still on it, despite the war on science. View the video about NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, and learn more about the 2 1/2 years of data, and the Science articles that the earth and space agency published last week.read more
The October number is a twofer. Trump is repealing the Obama plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32%. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval has bottomed at 32%. NRDC will sue over the emissions. There’s no court where the president can appeal his ratings slide.read more