The widely used weedkiller glyphosate is likely to adversely affect endangered species, but mainly from non-agricultural uses, EPA said today.
[FrontPageAfrica] Buchanan -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), Conservation International (CI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Monday commenced a Green Corridor Technical workshop to provide technical inputs that can help drive the inclusion of green corridors of five municipalities in Liberia as part of Liberia's revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
It worked for a time, but a more sustained effort is needed -- for our own sakes.
The Trump administration has submitted more details to Congress about how it would like to spend millions of dollars for the conservation, improvement and acquisition of public lands.
[LINA] Monrovia -- National Focal Person for Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mr. Arthur Becker has underscored the need for sustained effort at the national level to build experts capacities on how to calculate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions levels and to also understand the cause of GHG emissions in the Country.
President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the US economy, not save the planet."To protect American workers, I withdrew...
November 22, 2020 10:44 PM The US formally left the 2015 Paris accord earlier this month.
The outgoing Trump administration is starting to fill in the blanks about how it plans to spend millions of dollars for conserving and refurbishing national parks and public lands.
EPA struggled yesterday to persuade a federal appeals court to dismiss a long-running wetlands case against an Idaho couple that has previously reached the Supreme Court, with one judge charging that EPA is trying to "have your cake and eat it too."
[New Dawn] The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has disclosed plan to create green corridors in five municipalities, including Monrovia, Buchanan, Gbarnga, Ganta, and Paynesville to enhance its climate change mitigation drive.
The National Park Foundation announced its inaugural Hero Award recipients today to recognize individuals who have worked to protect public lands.
Odoulami, Romaric C.; New, Mark; Wolski, Piotr; Guillemet, Gregory; Pinto, Izidine; Lennard, Christopher et al. (2020): Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering could lower future risk of ‘Day Zero’ level droughts in Cape Town. In Environ. Res. Lett. 15 (12), p. 124007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbf13. "Here, we assess the potential for geoengineering using stratospheric aerosols injection (SAI) to offset the risk of 'Day Zero' level droughts in a high emission future climate using climate model simulations from the Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Large Ensemble Project. Our findings suggest that keeping the global mean temperature at 2020 levels through SAI would offset the projected end century risk of 'Day Zero' level droughts by approximately 90%, keeping the risk of such droughts similar...
U.S. carbon emissions are set to drop to the lowest level in three decades. A BloombergNEF study says an economic rebound next year won’t completely offset this year’s 9 percent decline, but that quick action is needed to get the United States back on track for its Paris climate accord commitments.
The U.N.’s top climate chief says deadlines set by some of the world’s top polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions have boosted hopes of meeting the Paris accord’s ambitious goals
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today called on the U.S. to recycle 50% of all materials by 2030.
EPA Region 8 Administrator Greg Sopkin is leaving the agency.
The exhaust fumes of about a third of large vehicles in Bangkok exceed emission standards, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD).
Incoming leaders of the EPA air office will face a consequential choice: Which Trump administration rollbacks will they undo first?
DeLisi, Charles; Patrinos, Aristides; MacCracken, Michael; Drell, Dan; Annas, George; Arkin, Adam et al. (2020): The Role of Synthetic Biology in Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Prospects and Challenges. In BioDesign Research 2020, pp. 1–8. DOI: 10.34133/2020/1016207. "The long atmospheric residence time of CO2 creates an urgent need to add atmospheric carbon drawdown to CO2 regulatory strategies. Synthetic and systems biology (SSB), which enables manipulation of cellular phenotypes, offers a powerful approach to amplifying and adding new possibilities to current land management practices aimed at reducing atmospheric carbon." LINK
After a yearslong delay, EPA has released a long-delayed draft handbook offering guidance on developing key chemical safety assessments.
Critics said environmental enforcement under President-elect Joe Biden might be limited by the Trump EPA's defiance — one day after agency enforcement chief Susan Bodine warned that the next administration must not overreach in its pursuit of environmental crimes.
Hubert, Anna‐Maria (2020): A Code of Conduct for Responsible Geoengineering Research. In Glob Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12845. "This article explores the potential contribution of the development of a code of conduct to serve as a near‐term governance instrument to guide the responsible conduct of geoengineering research." LINK
What happened two decades ago in Florida in the race between George Bush and Al Gore is far from what's happening in 2020, legal experts say.
President-elect Joe Biden's EPA administrator could be a history-making leader of the agency — if the nominee can pass muster with a possible Republican-held Senate.
US President-Elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning to quickly reverse four years of Donald Trump's foreign policy by re-engaging with multilateral institutions.Acting through executive orders, a legally binding directive from the...
US President-Elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning to quickly reverse four years of Donald Trump's foreign policy by re-engaging with multilateral institutions.
Acting through executive orders, a legally ...
A common weedkiller recently approved by EPA for continued use is likely to adversely affect more than half of 1,795 threatened and endangered species, according to the agency.
Despite mounting evidence that links dirty air to a heightened risk of death from COVID-19, EPA is advancing plans to leave its existing air quality standards for soot unchanged for years to come.
EPA chief of staff Mandy Gunasekara has been tweeting allegations about Democrats stealing votes this week from Pennsylvania, a pivotal battleground state that's still counting ballots.
The country can still re-join, if it so desires.
Environmentalists say Trump's announcement that he would withdraw from the Paris agreement three years ago made it easier for countries such Australia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil to weaken their own ambitions
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The Trump administration has identified 725 deferred maintenance projects at national parks and on public lands to be funded in fiscal 2021, adding up to $1.9 billion.
As Election Day arrives, conservation groups are looking at how to shift from courtroom battles to public policy making in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions on public lands.
A top press official at EPA has received a promotion.
[Observer] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dispelled reports in the media that Executive Director, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, has unilaterally instituted changes and demoted several staff of the agency.
"Please see below papers relevant to this interview." LINK
President Trump's plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement takes effect Nov. 4, one day after the national election. If Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins the White House, he has promised to rejoin the accord.
EPA is decades overdue to conduct a statutorily mandated review of its regulations on industrial flaring, according to a new lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday.
A top chemical industry trade group is accusing EPA of backtracking on an agreement to reexamine the cancer risks posed by ethylene oxide, a step it argues could have corrected a flawed analysis and averted new control requirements for plants that release the hazardous pollutant.
When the Trump administration finalized a key water rule last year, EPA said it considers current federal wetlands inventory data unreliable. The Army Corps of Engineers apparently didn't get the memo.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today announced that his agency is renewing certain uses of the weedkiller dicamba, despite research that finds it increases the risk of cancer.
Former EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson entertained job discussions outside EPA several times while he was the top aide to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, according to records obtained by E&E News.
Sapinski, J. P.; Buck, Holly Jean; Malm, Andreas (Eds.) (2020): Has it come to this? The promises and perils of geoengineering on the brink. New Brunswick, Camden: Rutgers University Press (Nature, society, and culture). "The editors set out this diverse collection of voices not as a monolithic, unified take on geoengineering, but as a place where creative thinkers, students, and interested environmental and social justice advocates can explore nuanced ideas in more than 240 characters." LINK
EPA has made a number of personnel changes, including welcoming a new White House liaison.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called today for canceling certain uses of a chemical used in boat paints in a bid to aid corals and marine life.
The EPA suspended anti-pollution laws during the pandemic
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A former senior EPA official is suing the agency as well as the Department of Energy over alleged retaliation after he raised concerns about ex-Administrator Scott Pruitt's excessive spending and mismanagement.
A coalition of 12 Democratic attorneys general yesterday accused the Trump administration's EPA of proposing "empty" greenhouse gas standards for planes.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today called for a "holistic nationwide approach" to reducing marine litter, calling it one of the Trump administration's top environmental priorities.
Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today unloaded on the Trump administration's EPA, saying its "entire policy" has been "search and destroy."
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's public calendar has not been updated for more than five months.
EPA today issued draft guidance to create a "less restrictive manner" for approving long-lasting disinfectants that work against the coronavirus.
EPA failed to adequately account for the cancer risks posed by plants that emit ethylene oxide and other chemicals, almost a dozen advocacy groups charged in an official filing today.
The Trump EPA is moving to further undo a 2015 crackdown on state loopholes for the sometimes massive amounts of excess pollution that result from plant startups, shutdowns and equipment breakdowns.
EPA eschewed its own experts at a trial over fluoride regulations, instead hiring an outside company often deployed by companies needing to downplay health impacts of toxic chemicals. Experts say the choice shows just how cozy the relationship between the Trump EPA and industry has become.
Justice Department officials violated the law when they ended a long-standing policy that allowed polluters to carry out EPA-approved projects in exchange for smaller fines, an environmental group argued in a lawsuit filed today.
Trump-appointed Judge Justin Walker opened fire on a landmark Obama-era power plant rule in court today during his first appearance in a major environmental case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit -- often the final stop for EPA regulations.
EPA will make a high-stakes courtroom argument today in favor of a more restrictive view of the federal government's authority to control greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Top Democratic senators want EPA to disclose whether the agency is withholding any federal dollars from cities that President Trump claims are being run by anarchists.
EPA yesterday issued final federal permits for a uranium mine proposed at the southwestern edge of South Dakota's Black Hills despite tribal and environmental pushback.
EPA has finalized its evaluation for a known carcinogen and concluded it poses an outsize health risk, even as environmental advocates say the assessment should go further.
Sometime within the next few weeks, EPA political appointees are likely to lock in a high-stakes decision to override the conclusions of agency career staff and keep national soot standards unchanged through at least 2025.
President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the Paris climate accord, telling world leaders at the G20 summit that the pact was harmful to American citizens.“To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” he said.“The Paris accord was not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy. I refuse to surrender millions of American jobs and send trillions of American…
President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the US economy, not save the planet.
EPA will propose new restrictions on the pesticide ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen used to sterilize medical devices and — in some cases — spices sold to consumers.
After years of work, the Trump administration succeeded in formally unraveling a venerable industrial air toxics policy. But newly released EPA documents suggest that relatively few companies have taken advantage of the relaxed pollution control requirements.
The U.N.'s climate chief says deadlines set by some of the world's top polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions, along with President-elect Joe Biden's pledge to take the United States back into the Paris accord, have boosted hopes of meeting the pact's ambitious goals.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is planning trips overseas in the coming weeks.
[New Republic] The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has disclosed plans to create green corridors in five municipalities to include: Monrovia, Buchanan, Gbarnga, Ganta, and Paynesville to enhance its climate change mitigation drive.
Wood stove dealers will have to scrap models that don't meet recently tightened emissions standards after EPA backed off a controversial plan for a stopgap reprieve, the head of an industry group told members today.
Delina, Laurence L. (2020): Potentials and critiques of building a Southeast Asian interdisciplinary knowledge community on critical geoengineering studies. In Climatic Change, pp. 1–15. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02921-0. "This essay summarizes the deliberations of a workshop that sought to build an inter- and multi-disciplinary knowledge community on the critical study of geoengineering in Southeast Asia." LINK
[FrontPageAfrica] Paynesville -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), Conservation International (CI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) last Thursday organized and launched a private sector dialogue on the revision process of Liberia's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
This week, EPA employees received a welcomed surprise in their email inboxes — a message from the agency saying they could work from home full time if they believed their or their family's health was at risk.
The band is getting back together. Some of the highest-profile EPA officials of the Obama administration are regrouping as members of President-elect Joe Biden's EPA transition team.
"With the climate crisis becoming ever more urgent, Chinese and international experts are looking at the governance of geoengineering research and deployment." LINK
The Republican-controlled Senate is piling onto criticism of the Trump administration for not complying with deadlines and mandates put forth in a newly enacted public lands bill.
Among EPA career staff, there have been some smiles, excited phone calls and text messages, and even dancing.
Deadline: 05. February 2021 "The GGR Technologies Innovation Competition is to support the development of innovative greenhouse gas removals technologies. It is to support the development of technologies that are not yet commercial rather than supporting technologies that are already mature. Therefore, the technologies to be developed must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) between 4 and 7 at the start of the project. The ultimate objective is to trial the technologies at pilot scale." LINK
From the "Reviewer 2 does geoengineering" podcast series. LINK
November 09, 2020 10:19 AM SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia would welcome President-elect Joe Biden restoring the United States to the Paris climate accord, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday (Nov 9), speaking as he faced renewed pressure himself to boost efforts to cut Australia's carbon emissions.
President-elect Joe Biden's first Twitter post about a policy issue after Tuesday's election was a renewal of his promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement.
November 06, 2020 3:55 PM LONDON (NYTIMES) - Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were halted immediately, scientists reported on Thursday (Nov 5).
EMISSIONS from food production alone could sink the world's chances of meeting the Paris Agreement, scientists are warning in research with major implications for New Zealand.
As pundits and political observers continue to sift through the various categories of "winners" and "losers" of the 2020 election, conservation advocates say that parks and public lands clearly came out on top.
Democrat Joe Biden has pledged to swiftly reenter the Paris Agreement if he emerges from the razor-thin election as the next president.
EPA brushed off criticism from a top House Democrat over a contentious new policy blocking most members of an influential advisory panel from a role in deciding which proposed agency regulations merit outside review, according to a letter obtained by E&E News.
"After long being marginalized in climate debates, geoengineering is experiencing a surge in attention — which carries both opportunities and risks." LINK
More than 2 million acres of public lands in Utah could regain national monument status early next year if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the White House, be it by the stroke of a pen, a bit of legal luck or the long route through Congress.
The U.S. will officially depart the Paris climate agreement tomorrow no matter who wins today's presidential election.
[New Dawn] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia says its attention has been drawn to reports in the media that Executive Director, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh has unilaterally instituted changes and demoted several staff at the agency.
"Adrian and Andrew discuss game theory, free riding and other essential considerations in a deep dive into Adrian's recent paper entitled "Availability of risky geoengineering can make an ambitious climate mitigation agreement more likely" by Adrien Fabre & Gernot Wagner." LINK
Groups opposed to the herbicide atrazine sued EPA today to block the agency's recent reapproval of the farm chemical.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler spent four times as many days this year visiting 13 swing states as he did the rest of the country.
In its latest unraveling of an Obama-era regional haze reduction plan, EPA is no longer requiring two coal-fired power plants in Utah to install tough new controls for nitrogen oxides emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it will allow farmers to spray crops with weed killers based on the chemical dicamba that are sold by Bayer AG and other companies, after a U.S. appeals court blocked sales in June. The decision is a boost for Bayer, which has been hammered by lawsuits over various chemicals in the United States since acquiring seed company Monsanto in 2018. The EPA re-approved for five years Bayer's XtendiMax, a popular dicamba-based herbicide that is sprayed on soybeans and cotton genetically engineered to resist it.
EPA promoted "National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week" on Twitter yesterday even though the agency hasn't yet rolled out updated regulations to control lead and copper in drinking water.
A prominent animal rights group often critical of EPA has honored Administrator Andrew Wheeler for his efforts to reduce the use of animal testing.
China needs to be pressed to aim high when it comes to carbon trading and pricing. Others will be encouraged to follow. For now, it ...
A collaborative process that gives everyone a say is key to solving many federal public lands issues in the West, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said yesterday.
Environmentalists are accusing the Department of Homeland Security of skirting its own environmental mitigation plans for groundwater use in southern Arizona and putting endangered species at risk in the rush to build walls on public lands along the U.S.-Mexico border.
EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine in a preelection call with reporters today forcefully defended the Trump administration's pursuit of polluting companies, pushing back on what she described as undue criticism from environmentalists and the press.
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In April, as coronavirus cases multiplied across the country, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected scientists’ advice to tighten air pollution standards for particulate matter, or soot.
In the next few weeks, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler likely will reaffirm that decision with a final ruling, despite...
EPA expects to release a major rulemaking to slash pollution from trucks early next year, a key official said yesterday.
EPA has finalized its "scientific integrity" rule, at a time when scientists inside the agency have questioned its commitment to scientific research.
EPA yesterday closed a floor in its Chicago office after an employee had symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today announced appointments to the agency's Science Advisory Board, placing Trump administration picks to sit on the influential panel for the next three years no matter who wins on Election Day.
The Department of Homeland Security must return to court to defend its activities — including deploying motion sensors and an "enduring presence" of uniformed officers — at a 100-acre private wildlife preserve along the Rio Grande in Texas, a federal appeals court ordered today.
Four states and territories face a long-range threat of federal sanctions now that EPA has officially faulted them for failing to turn in full cleanup plans for areas that are flunking its current ambient air quality standard for sulfur dioxide.
October 13, 2020 5:00 AM BEIJING • China's pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060 includes all greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide, according to one of the country's top climate researchers.
California Democrats are asking EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to not reopen agency offices in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPA is bolstering efforts to provide "early detection" of the presence and spread of COVID-19 infections in water systems.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- TRANSCO CLSG has embarked on a weeklong training for staff of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) for the promotion of best environmental practices and safety measures amid the construction of substations and transmission lines from Nimba to Grand Bassa Counties.
EPA plans to decide this month on renewed uses for dicamba, a weedkiller that's run into legal roadblocks for health risks — including an association with increased cancer risks — and drifting onto neighboring farms and killing crops.