Trump begins process of rolling back Obama-era clean water rule

March 1, 2017 by  
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As part of his ongoing campaign to repeal and undermine many of Barack Obama’s environmental accomplishments, yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to roll back a 2015 regulation known as “Waters of the United States” rule. The regulation gives the federal government the authority to limit pollution in major bodies of water, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Trump’s executive order, on its own, can’t repeal the rule. However, he’s directed the controversial new EPA head, Scott Pruitt, to begin the complex legal process of rescinding and rewriting the rule, which the New York Times writes could take longer than Trump’s first term to actually carry out. The rule was originally created to clear up confusion about the federal government’s authority in regulating streams, wetlands, and major bodies of water after a series of court decisions created legal confusion. Related: New EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s emails reveal troubling oil-industry ties Though the rule was put forward jointly by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, many business owners in industries including property development, oil and gas , and fertilizer and pesticide manufacturing claim it stifles economic growth. Environmentalists, on the other hand, contend that it will help provide healthier drinking water and cleaner natural areas to people around the nation. This isn’t the only environmental executive order Trump’s expected to sign in the near future. Reports are also circulating that in the coming week he’ll sign a similar order directing the EPA to dismantle Obama’s 2015 climate change regulations as well. Via NRDC Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Philippines president Duterte signs Paris agreement

March 1, 2017 by  
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It’s been almost a year since leaders from 170 countries met in New York City to formally sign the Paris climate change agreement , and almost four months since the agreement officially went into force . But president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is only now jumping on the climate change -fighting bandwagon, finally signing the historic accord. Duterte initially resisted signing the agreement; he claimed it favored rich countries like the United States, and threatened to boycott the agreement because it would hurt industrialization in the Philippines. But his protests subsided last November, when he said a cabinet decision swayed him to support the Paris agreement. Now that he’s signed the deal, it will need to go through the country’s Senate. Related: Hard-won Paris climate agreement officially goes into force Senator Loren Legarda said, “We are a step away from full ratification and it is my commitment to actively shepherd the Senate’s immediate concurrence.”It’s expected the Senate will back ratification as Duterte’s allies populate the governing body. Should the agreement finally go through, the Philippines would receive access to the Green Climate Fund , a global initiative slated to send billions of dollars to developing nations to help them combat climate change. Manila , the country’s capital, has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The ambitious target will require financial and technical support. Duterte has been labeled a strongman and a firebrand. Vox described him as the Donald Trump of Manila, although the former Davao City mayor has been in politics for decades. Trump and Duterte have become fast friends – Trump reportedly praised Duterte’s war on drugs, which is so violent it sparked a January report from Amnesty International . Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

July 6, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contemporary beach house , corrugated metal , fibre-cement sheeting , natural ventilation , Northern Rivers beach house , northern Rivers Beach House by refresh design , open plan layout , passive solar , refresh design , timber

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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

March 26, 2014 by  
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The Asian carp population has exploded in the US – the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species’ spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the fish back to China, where they are a prized delicacy. Read the rest of Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Asian carp , ecosystems , environmental destruction , illinois , invasive carp , invasive species , kentucky , npr , rivers , water issues        

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Nelson Minar Creates a Stunning Map Showing Every River in the US

June 17, 2013 by  
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Graphic designer Nelson Minar has created a stunning map that shows every single river in the United States . All the water channels look like a network of veins and arteries that reach almost every point of the country. Minar has also taken all his data and placed it on GitHub , should anyone wish to make their own infographic. Follow the link below to download a hi-res version of the image. + Nelson Minar via Kottke / Gizmodo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: github , graphic designer , Nelson Minar , Nelson Minar river map , river map , rivers , US rivers        

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SkinVision Smartphone App Can Detect Skin Cancer

June 17, 2013 by  
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SkinVision is a unique mobile app that detects skin cancer and enables users to track the health of their skin. The app takes into account skin type and your local UV index, and it allows users to pictures of moles appearing on their skin, send them for instant analysis, and find a nearby dermatologist. The app was recently named a finalist in the prestigious  2013 INDEX Awards . Read the rest of SkinVision Smartphone App Can Detect Skin Cancer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dermatology , Health Mobile App , Healthy Skin , Heath Technology , INDEX Awards 2013 , Melanoma Protection , Mole Scanning , Skin Health Tracking , Skin Mobile App , SkinVision        

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Health Effects from Michigan Oil Spill Linger: Tar Sands and Lighter Oils "Double Whammy" Impact

September 8, 2011 by  
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Image: Blind Grasshopper via flickr Just months after the BP spill last year, an Enbridge pipeline spilled nearly a million gallons of oil into a creek flowing into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. It became the largest oil spill in the Midwest, and—surprise—the toxicity resulting from the spill is worse than officials have admitted. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Logitech Creates Solar Keyboard For Macs

September 8, 2011 by  
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Image via Logitech Last summer we highlighted Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 , and praised the design for a variety of features. But many people, including us here at EarthTechling, wondered when customers would see the product released for Apple users. Well, it took a year, but Logitech has finally released the solar powered keyboard for Macs …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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ASU Parking Lot to Sport 2MW Solar Parasol, Reduce Heat Island Effect

September 8, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Strategic Solar Energy TreeHugger’s Pablo was asked the other day whether solar contributes to the heat island effect . Because panels are dark in color, went the query, do they actually increase the amount of heat absorbed in an urban environment? As Pablo explained, the reverse may be true—solar panels may help marginally cool a building by providing shade. Now, an innovative new 2MW solar structure at ASU seeks to do even more—significantly reducing … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Google Begins Mapping For Street View in the Amazon

August 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: markg6 / cc It is one of the most remote and biodiverse regions on the planet, with a cultural and ecological treasure-trove typically reserved only for those hardy and adventurous enough to unlock it. But soon, experiencing the wonders of the Amazon won’t require mosquito nets, machettes — or even pants. This week, Google began traversing the rivers and villages of the world’s largest rainforest, armed with special imaging equipment, for its latest undertaking: Street View in the Amazon…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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