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Melania Trump's National Park Service Birthday Tweet Sparks Backlash
"Your husband is dismantling protections for these lands and selling them off to the highest bidders as we speak. Your hypocrisy has no limits," a Twitter user replied to FLOTUS.
Documents published by the New York Times in March revealed that gaining access to the oil, natural gas and uranium deposits in Bears Ears and coal reserves in Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah were key reasons behind their shrinkage.
Another user commented, "Your sentiment falls flat when you do everything to remove protections and funding FOR our national park services!"
The president's relationship with NPS got off to a rocky start on his first day. As one Twitter user asked the First Lady, "Are you talking about same Parks service that was punished for telling the truth about the inauguration crowd size?"
The comment referred to the department's retweet of a photo comparing the sizes of President Trump and President Obama's inaugural crowds. NPS was ordered to cease tweeting and was temporarily shut down.
Earlier this year, the majority of the park service's advisory panel abruptly quit in protest of the Trump administration's policies, which they say neglect science, climate change and environmental protections.
In May, NPS released a long-delayed report showing that all coastal parks will need to contend with both changing sea levels and the intensification of storms and associated storm surge, especially along the southeast coast, where it is facing more tropical storms and hurricanes. The report was held up for 10 months and finally released after several attempts at censorship.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also received plenty of criticism when he proposed nearly tripling vehicle entrance fees during peak season. He abandoned the plan after widespread public outcry.
The National Park Service was created on Aug. 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. If you haven't visited a park already, try Sept. 22 when admission costs will be waived for National Public Lands Day. Admission will also be free on Nov. 11 to mark Veterans Day.
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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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Disinfectants and cleaners claiming to sanitize against the novel coronavirus have started to flood the market, raising concerns for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which threatened legal recourse against retailers selling unregistered products, according to The New York Times.
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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Livestock farming contributes to global warming, so eating less meat can be better for the climate.