Apr 18 2011

De-Listing for Gray Wolf Sneaks Into Budget Compromise

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Adult wolf howling, via wikimedia

Though the budget compromise may have staved off a government shut down and the upcoming fight over raising the debt ceiling may stave it off again, the proposals that have resulted from the fray have alarmed environmentalists.  Some were expected to anyone who followed politics, like the $1.6 billion reduction in funding for the EPA (incorporating a $49 million cut to climate change programs and a $149 million cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund) and removing the position of “climate czar” entirely, which was recently vacated. However, another proposal was quietly slipped in and ended up surviving into the final compromise: delisting for the gray wolf.  The proposal nullified years of progress in court battles and a recent ruling from a Montana federal judge rejecting a settlement plan, saying that it provided too little protection for the species. Previous court rulings have found that the states’ management proposals were insufficient to support the population and that the decision for delisting “amounted to wrongfully removing of ESA protections.” Groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife argue that this provision in the budget amounts to a circumvention of the court’s decision. Continue Reading »

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Apr 15 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Budget Fights Over Environmental Programs and A New Natural Gas Study

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– SA: @sciam Australian mathematicians say some endangered species “not worth saving” http://bit.ly/hn2Zj9 (RT)

– SA: @sciam Penguin population on Antarctic peninsula has dropped more than 50% in past 30 years http://bit.ly/gO8Fgx

– NYT: @nytenvironment Obama, Entering the Budget Fray, Warns Against Clean Energy Cuts http://nyti.ms/gax75b (RT)

– TH: @TreeHugger Decline in coffee production could be first indicator of disastrous climate change effects http://bit.ly/hlKDxY

– CBF: @chesbayprogram Congress Approves Offshore Drilling Near Chesapeake Bay http://ow.ly/4AaQy (RT) Continue Reading »

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Apr 08 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Looming Government Shut Down and More Earthquakes

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– TH: @TreeHugger After finding new “super bugs” in water in New Delhi, India, WHO says we are losing the battle http://bit.ly/i2nW38

– HP: @HuffPostGreen Gulf residents say dead sea turtles are left rotting on the beaches http://huff.to/hX7O5y (RT)

– TH: @TreeHugger Carbon offsets are resurrected http://bit.ly/h8DvoG

– NYT: @thecaucus Proposed changes to the Clean Air Act are part of the reason budget compromise is being held up http://nyti.ms/eHp8dt

– WaPo: @washingtonpost Interior Department announces that #ifgovernmentshutsdown they will be closing national parks http://wapo.st/hWCYHO Continue Reading »

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Mar 04 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Clean Air Act Regulation will Save $2 Trillion and Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct…Sort Of

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– SA: @sciam Australians pitch in to save the mahogany glider after a cyclone hit its sole, 100 km long habitat http://bit.ly/hfJCEr

– NYT: @nytenvironment Clean Air Act regulations will benefit American people to the tune of $2 trillion, says EPA study http://nyti.ms/eOw7gu

– Guardian: @guardianeco UK facing 1970s-style oil shock which could cost economy £45bn – Huhne http://gu.com/p/2nfjk/tf (RT)

– NYT: @nytimesgreen Continuing coverage of the budget hearings in Congress that may affect funding for enviro programs http://bit.ly/hNtQ8J

– NYT: @nytenvironment The FWS has declared that the eastern cougar is extinct…with a caveat http://nyti.ms/e90i2s Continue Reading »

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Feb 25 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks than Cocaine and the UN is Lobbies Hollywood

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– NYT: @nytimesgreen A study requested by Sen. Inhofe found that NOAA did not mishandle climate change data http://bit.ly/h4vdHA

– EPA: @EPAairmarkets Air Pollution Triggers More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine http://ow.ly/42KnM (RT)

– YE360: @YaleE360 The connection between climate change and cholera outbreaks http://bit.ly/dYk47G

– BBC: @BBCNews Three-quarters of all coral reefs are at risk from overfishing, pollution, and climate change http://bbc.in/i6Pprz

– HP: @HuffPostGreen Texas mayor flees town fearing ‘fracking’ effects on family’s health http://huff.to/gsnAOM (RT)

– LAT: @LATenvironment The UN is pushing for more storylines in movies and TV relating to the dangers of climate change http://lat.ms/gwfeMf Continue Reading »

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Feb 21 2011

Chesapeake Bay’s “Pollution Diet” Under Fire

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Tidal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay, via National Scenic Byways

The Chesapeake Bay’s 64,000 square mile watershed was put on a “pollution diet” (also known as “Total Maximum Daily Load” or TMDL) by the EPA in late December and that regulation has come under fire, both in court and out.  The diet, which requires cuts in urban and farm runoff in the six states that are within the Bay’s watershed, is the largest the EPA has ever developed.  Its first challenge will come from the Farm Bureau who claims that the regulation is an overreach and will starve agriculture in the areas affected.  The Bureau says it plans to file suit against this action along with challenging several other EPA regulations, including the regulation of greenhouse gases.  Most recently, Representative Bob Goodlatte of the 6th district of Virginia has introduced an amendment to a House spending bill that would strip funding for the TMDL regulation.  Goodlatte believes that the EPA has overreached its power under the Clean Water Act.

UPDATE: The House has approved Representative Goodlatte’s amendment on a vote of 230-195 with 8 Democrats joining the Republicans to vote for cutting funding. Continue Reading »

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