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[1THING] Blog: Archive for August, 2017

[ Trump’s climate denial puts Houston’s massive recovery at risk ]

The president's order to rescind flood standards requires congressional lawmakers to step in – and fast.


[ Zinke aims to undo more wildlands protections, this time in Alaska ]


[ What Can You Do With Your Eclipse Glasses? ]

The eclipse has long since ended, but many are left wondering: What do I do with my glasses?

Check out what Earth911 has to say about recycling or reusing your glasses here.

The Tampa Bay Times says you can donate them.  Read more here.


[ Keep PA Beautiful Encourages PA Schools To Participate In Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl ]


Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging Pennsylvania schools to get their students involved in Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl, the national competition designed to invigorate students in grades K-12 to participate in recycling.

The objectives of the competition include: new recycling programs established within schools, the increase of recycling rates in schools that currently recycle and the provision of teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction.

The Recycle-Bowl competition begins October 16 and runs through November 15– America Recycles Day.

More than 1,200 schools across the nation competed in the 2016 Recycle-Bowl.

Recyclables recovered during the competition totaled 2.2 million pounds, which prevented the release of 3,150 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or reducing the annual emissions from 655 passenger cars.

To register or for more information, visit the Recycle-Bowl website.


[ EDF: Impact Of Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts On Pennsylvania Communities, Health ]

State of Risk: Pennsylvania, a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund released Wednesday, catalogues far-reaching and grave threats to air, water and land, and to the people and economy of Pennsylvania if President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget is enacted this fall.

Such cuts would move the agency funding radically backward to its lowest level since the mid-1970s.

The report provides an extensive overview of the EPA’s footprint in Pennsylvania and examines how the proposed cutback plans threaten public health as well as commerce and tourism in the Keystone State.

Read the full story from PA Environment Digest here.


[ Torrential rains and violent storm surge: Why hurricane impacts are getting worse ]

As global temperatures rise, storms are becoming more destructive and costly.


[ Wilderness Society on passing of conservation giant Cecil Andrus ]

Anastasia Greene

Cecil Andrus, former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior has passed away. The following statement is from Wilderness Society president, Jamie Williams: 


[ Critics Fault DOE Study Recommendations ]

The U.S. Department of Energy has released its study of the electric grid’s reliability, but some environmental groups maintain it isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

The study concludes that cheap natural gas is the main reason for the decline of coal and nuclear power.

But according to Kim Smaczniak, a clean energy attorney with the environmental law firm Earthjustice, the final version of the report waters down key conclusions about the role of environmental regulations seen in an earlier draft.

And she says it adds recommendations to ease permits for coal power plants and safety requirements for nuclear power, and change how customers pay for power from older, less-efficient plants.

“Those are the findings that we see in the study that really aren’t backed up, and they’re findings that we didn’t see in the original version,” she states.

The coal and nuclear energy industries say the report confirms that the power they generate is critical to maintaining a reliable and resilient electric grid.

But Smaczniak points out what she calls a glaring omission – the report mentions “extreme weather,” but leaves out any mention of climate change.

“You can’t really talk about the long term reliability and resiliency of the grid without taking into account that the climate is changing, and that we really need to have responses that are putting on more and more clean energy,” she stresses.

Smaczniak adds that ignoring climate change will make the electric grid more vulnerable to the next Super Storm Sandy that left millions without electricity.

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for the study in April, environmental groups feared it would ignore science and recommend bailouts of the coal and nuclear industries. Smaczniak notes the final version falls well short of that.

“Instead, they’ve found a lot of ways to try to move toward a more subtle shift that would compensate some of this base load, in ways that are just not warranted,” she states.

Smaczniak adds that many states have taken their own lead in developing and implementing clean energy plans to provide power that is reliable and affordable.

-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection


[ Verdict in? Interior Sec. Zinke recommends Trump gut mystery list of parks ]

The parks recommended for reduced protection reportedly include Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.


[ Secrecy surrounds Interior Department’s sham review of public lands ]

Michael Reinemer

The following statement was released by Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, in the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s failure to release any specific recommendations regarding President Trump’s order to “review” lands protected as national monuments.