The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Pruitt Requests Funds for 24/7 Fleet of Bodyguards as Climate Deniers Demand More Action
As the New York Times reported, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt faces ire from the far right over his refusal to challenge the agency's 2009 endangerment finding, which found that carbon emissions were harmful to human health and underpins most climate change rules.
Denier critics are also becoming more vocal on their discontent with the administration's silence on the Paris agreement and Rex Tillerson's approach to running the State Department, as Time reported. Pruitt may be feeling more pressure than usual: Leaked EPA budget documents show a 24/7 security detail request for Pruitt, an increase in the level of security from what was provided to his predecessor Gina McCarthy.
For a deeper dive:
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
A UN expert painted a bleak picture Tuesday of how the climate crisis could impact global inequality and human rights, leading to a "climate apartheid" in which the rich pay to flee the consequences while the rest are left behind.
Millions of solar panels clustered together to form an island could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol, which can fuel airplanes and trucks, according to new research from Norway and Switzerland and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, PNAS, as NBC News reported. The floating islands could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades. So why did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week OK the 'emergency' use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor on 13.9 million acres?
EcoWatch teamed up with Center for Biological Diversity via EcoWatch Live on Facebook to find out why. Environmental Health Director and Senior Attorney Lori Ann Burd explained how there is a loophole in the The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act under section 18, "that allows for entities and states to request emergency exemptions to spraying pesticides where they otherwise wouldn't be allowed to spray."
By Sharon Kelly
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal featured a profile of Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, whose company is known among investors for its emphasis on drawing oil and gas from the Permian basin in Texas using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
By Craig K. Chandler
The federal government has available to it, should it choose to use them, a wide range of potential climate change management tools, going well beyond the traditional pollution control regulatory options. And, in some cases (not all), without new legislative authorization.