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    Native Shrimp Must Be Saved From Neonics, Washington State Rules

    Native Shrimp Must Be Saved From Neonics, Washington State Rules

    Monday, the Washington Department of Ecology sided with Center for Food Safety and numerous other community and conservation groups, and denied shellfish growers a permit to spray imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, on shellfish beds on Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, in southwest Washington. The requested permit would have allowed shellfish growers from Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers […]

    Battle Begins to Restore Protections for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

    Battle Begins to Restore Protections for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

    By WildEarth Guardian Wednesday, WildEarth Guardians sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agency’s flawed rule stripping grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections. The service’s premature removal of crucial federal safeguards undermines the recovery of the species as a whole, while subjecting grizzlies stepping outside the safety […]

    Trump Bows to Big Oil, Delays Methane Rule on Public Lands

    Trump Bows to Big Oil, Delays Methane Rule on Public Lands

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a two-year delay on the implementation of Obama-era regulations requiring fossil fuel companies to curb methane emissions Tuesday evening. In its announcement of the stay, the EPA acknowledged that the move may have a “disproportionate impact” on children’s health, but reasoned that the temporary nature of the stay […]

    Kids Get Day in Court, Accuse State for Failing to Take Climate Action

    Kids Get Day in Court, Accuse State for Failing to Take Climate Action

    Judge Hollis Hill ruled Monday that the youths who sued the Department of Ecology for failing to take action on climate change can again move forward, now with a constitutional climate rights claim that adds the state of Washington and Gov. Jay Inslee as defendants. The court granted the youth’s request “due to the emergent […]