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Lobbyist helped arrange Scott Pruitt’s $100,000 trip to Morocco ~ Partly arranged by longtime lobbyist and friend, it cost taxpayers about $100,000 ➔ Washington Post

Scott Pruitt’s Crusade Against “Secret Science” Could Be Disastrous for Public Health ~ When Pruitt arrived on the scene he breathed new life into the old debate. Real researchers are angry. ➔ The New Yorker

Top Interior Official In Email To Staff: ‘Our Job Is To Protect The Secretary’ ~ A scheduler spent $4,000 on a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands to prepare for Ryan Zinke’s trip. Will draw an inspector’s  ➔ Huffington Post

Pruitt’s staffer reportedly had a genius plan to help his boss: smear Ryan Zinke ~ Plan to throw Zinke under the bus hit a major snag: The White House.   ➔ Vox

EarthDesk’s Latest

Pace Environmental Clinic’s Elephant Protection Act Becomes Law

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.

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EarthDesk Sunday: NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

“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.

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Number of the Month: 32%

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.

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EarthDesk Sunday: “30 Days Timelapse at Sea” by JeffHK

Take just ten minutes on a good screen to view this exquisite video by sailor JeffHK. Of the attempts to portray graphically the magnitude of our oceans relative to the rest of the planet, Jeff surpasses most, journeying from the “Red Sea passing the Indian Ocean” “and then finally SouthEast China Sea arriving at Hong Kong.”

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Number of the Month: 1500 Dams

Pace student Rowan Lanning proposes a Deadbeat Dam Act to rid New York waters of nonfunctional dams that ruin aquatic ecostsystems. More than 1500 dams block Hudson River tributaries. The transformation of the Wynants Kill in Troy New York is evidence she is onto something. Video follows.

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