Trump administration halted a study of mountaintop coal mining’s health effects


The Trump administration’s Interior Department ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to halt a study of health risks for residents near surface coal mining sites in the Appalachian Mountains. A statement by the academy said Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement dispatched a letter Friday More...

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By admin On Monday, August 21st, 2017

A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news

A controversial California climate program got a shot of good news this month when a study suggested it is successfully reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and providing other environmental More...

By admin On Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change

The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s More...

By admin On Friday, August 18th, 2017

We went through one of the most infamous — and narrow — straits of the Northwest Passage

Bellot Strait, THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE — Too often, we tend to talk about the fabled Northwest Passage as if it’s a single route through the Canadian Arctic. It’s actually at least seven main routes More...

By admin On Thursday, August 17th, 2017

National parks banned bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it.

    The Trump administration has quietly ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks, which aimed to ease plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled. In a More...

By admin On Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Northwest Passage’s most famous shipwrecks sit in these waters. Scientists are still finding out what else lies beneath.

A sample of the marine life that lives on the sea floor of the Queen Maud Gulf, in a photo taken Aug. 9. The gulf is considered a hot spot for sea floor biodiversity in the Arctic. (Alice Li/The Washington More...

By admin On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that the White House said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices by eliminating More...

By admin On Monday, August 14th, 2017

What it’s like to ride a 6,000-ton icebreaker through Arctic waters

As the sun sets Saturday, Mark Furze waits for the CCGS Amundsen to arrive at its next workstation in the Gulf of Boothia, in the Canadian territory of Nunavet. (Alice Li/The Washington Post) VICTORIA More...

By admin On Friday, August 11th, 2017

U.S. emissions probably won’t increase under Trump, study says. But they won’t fall, either.

Carbon-cutting efforts in the United States may be more resilient to Trump administration policies than expected, according to a new study. But under even one term for President Trump, the nation will still More...

By admin On Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Trump officials begin review of Obama emissions standards for cars

The Trump administration gave notice it intends to relax the rules governing greenhouse gas emissions on new model cars Thursday, in its latest move to undo President Barack Obama’s climate policies. In More...