The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Trump Looks to Bush-Era Energy Lobbyists to Head EPA
Reuters reports that Jeff Holmstead and Mike Catanzaro, two current energy lobbyists who also served under both former Bush presidents, are among the top contenders to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration.
Jeff Holmstead (left) and Mike Catanzaro (right).
Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN with clients including Koch Industries and Noble Energy, has worked for former Speaker John Boehner and Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe. Robert Grady, also a contender for the position, advised Bush I on the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.
"We are going to fight these rollbacks, if that is what they do, each step of the way. It's going to be a legal battle but it's also going to be a battle in the court of public opinion," David Doniger, director of the climate program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Reuters. "Whatever people voted for, they did not vote against climate action, clean air, clean water and environmental protection."
For a deeper dive:
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Jared Kaufman
Eating a better diet has been linked with lower levels of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. But unfortunately 821 million people — about 1 in 9 worldwide — face hunger, and roughly 2 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, according to the U.N. World Health Organization. In addition, food insecurity is associated with even higher health care costs in the U.S., particularly among older people. To help direct worldwide focus toward solving these issues, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals call for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and undernutrition by 2030.
mevans / E+ / Getty Images
Calls for Radical Climate Action Grow Louder as NOAA Reports Last Month Was Hottest June Ever Recorded
By Jessica Corbett
As meteorologists warned Thursday that temperatures above 100°F are expected to impact two-thirds of the country this weekend, U.S. government scientists revealed that last month was the hottest June ever recorded — bolstering calls for radical global action on the climate emergency.
By John R. Platt
For years now conservationists have warned that many of Madagascar's iconic lemur species face the risk of extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade and the emerging market for the primates' meat.
Yes, people eat lemurs, and the reasons they do aren't exactly what we might expect.