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Ex-Trump U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team leader and fervent climate change denier Myron Ebell continued his headline-grabbing tour this week, claiming Monday at an event in London that the environmental movement is "the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world."
Ebell's claims add to the growing pile of alarm around the future and direction of the EPA, something that the Trump team seems to be aware of: a senior EPA transition adviser issued a memo to staff Monday singling out "individuals who are no longer serving on the EPA transition team" as providing possibly misleading stories on EPA to the media.
However, the memo does signal that "changes will likely come" at the agency. Of greater concern to EPA than Ebell's musings may be Trump's new executive order taking aim at creating new regulations, which has the potential to bog down the inner workings of rule-making agencies.
For a deeper dive:
EPA memo: Politico Pro
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The Centers for Disease Control has emphasized that washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective measures we can take in preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, millions of Americans in some of the most vulnerable communities face the prospect of having their water shut off during the lockdowns, according to The Guardian.
Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state's record-breaking five-year drought that ended in 2016. The 100 million dead trees were one of the most visible examples of the ecological toll the drought had wrought.
Now, a few years later, we're starting to learn about how smaller, less noticeable species were affected.
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The global coronavirus pandemic has thrown our daily routine into disarray. Billions are housebound, social contact is off-limits and an invisible virus makes up look at the outside world with suspicion. No surprise, then, that sustainability and the climate movement aren't exactly a priority for many these days.
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