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Conservation Groups Join Legal Battle over Protections for Endangered Wildlife

Conservation groups have moved to intervene in a federal challenge filed by 18 states, including South Carolina and Alabama, to undo important protections for endangered species.

Representing Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Defenders ofWildlife, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion to intervene today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in support of the rules. These rules allow agencies to more fully protect important and vulnerable “critical habitats” in the Southeast that are necessary for the survival of species such as endangered sea turtles and piping plovers.

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Data From Burn Pit Registry Could Be Used for Other Purposes, Including Alerting Health Care Providers About Participants’ Concerns

Inherent features of registries that rely on voluntary participation and self-reported information make them fundamentally unsuitable for determining whether emissions from military burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations in Southwest Asia caused health problems in service members who were exposed to them, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit (AH&OBP) Registry provides a forum for collecting and recording information on those who choose to participate, a more rigorous and appropriate approach is needed to examine the relationship between the exposures and health outcomes, such as a well-designed epidemiologic study.  A previous report by the former Institute of Medicine [now part of the National Academies] found inconclusive evidence on the health effects of exposure to military burn pits and contained advice and recommendations on how a study might be conducted.

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USDA Releases Two-Year Strategy to Help Gopher Tortoise

Private Landowners to Voluntarily Restore More Than 200,000 Additional Acres of Longleaf Forests in Southeast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new two-year implementation strategy to help restore, enhance and protect longleaf pine forests in the Southeast, part of an ongoing effort to help the gopher tortoise rebound and combat the need for additional regulation of the species. Longleaf forests and many of its inhabitants like the gopher tortoise have declined over the past century, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with private landowners to conserve these historically important forests to the region’s rural economies.

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Relegating Food Waste to Landfills Contributes to Economic Downfall

Power Knot Food Waste DigesterAs temperatures rise from global warming, the global economy may suffer. Finding strategies to minimize greenhouse gas is paramount to combating climate change.

A recent study published by scientists from Stanford and UC Berkeley indicates that rising temperatures from climate change will not only affect weather, but will also have a significant impact on the global economy.1,2 The optimal average temperature for robust economic activity is 55°F (13°C), with key economic indicators (such as labor supply, labor productivity and crop yield) decreasing dramatically between 68°F and 86°F (20°C to 30°C).1,2 If climate change continues unchecked, many parts of the world will simply be too hot for superlative economic growth.1,2 Study authors predict that the result of unchecked global warming will be a 23% decrease in average global income by the end of the century.1

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What does Toshiba’s financial meltdown mean for new nuclear reactor projects in U.S.?

This is first in a series of blogs about Toshiba’s financial meltdown and the implications this is having on new nuclear power plant projects. Today’s blog serves as an overview. 

Coverage of the still-unfolding financial meltdown of Japanese tech-mogul Toshiba has been growing since late December when the massive financial losses were first divulged. Toshiba’s much-anticipated earnings report call yesterday, which was expected to shed light on the situation, was delayed with permission from Japanese regulators until March 14. Toshiba still reported extremely bad news, much larger losses than earlier predicted and the selling-off of key Toshiba assets, as the images below convey.

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Repeal of Stream Protection Act bad for Appalachia

President Trump is scheduled to sign a resolution today repealing the Stream Protection Rule. The loss of the rule has far-reaching consequences, especially for Central Appalachian streams and communities. A main goal of the rule was to limit the dumping of waste into rivers and streams during mountaintop removal coal mining, a destructive method of surface mining that has devastated water resources in Central Appalachia for decades.

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