House spending bill would increase funding for national parks and wildfire suppression


The spending bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday would increase funding the National Park Service needs to address its nearly $12 billion maintenance repair backlog. Under the proposal, which will be considered by the Senate before a Friday deadline, the park service would receive a 9 percent increase to its current budget. More...

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By admin On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch,’ 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, is at least 4 times as big as scientists thought, survey shows

The estimated 79,000 tons have been carried by global ocean currents to a massive ocean tract between Hawaii and California, according to a new sea and aerial survey. The pollution, which can poison ocean life, More...

By admin On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Plastic within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is ‘increasing exponentially,’ scientists find

Seventy nine thousand tons of plastic debris, in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces, now occupy an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, a scientific team More...

By admin On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Bad news for the climate: Coal burning, and carbon emissions, are on the rise again

After three flat years that had hinted at a possible environmental breakthrough, carbon dioxide emissions from the use of energy rose again by 1.4 percent in 2017, according to new data released by the International More...

By admin On Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

New documents show nearly $68,000 in recent premium flights, hotel stays for EPA’s Pruitt

The Environmental Protection Agency turned over documents to Congress late Tuesday detailing nearly $68,000 in newly disclosed travel costs for Administrator Scott Pruitt during the past seven months. The More...

By admin On Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

On Italy trip, travel costs for EPA chief’s security detail topped $30,000

The travel costs for Scott Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail exceeded $30,000 during the Environmental Protection Agency administrator’s trip to Italy last June, according to documents released More...

By admin On Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Tougher climate policies could save a stunning 150 million lives, researchers find

There is an overlooked benefit to greatly lowering carbon emissions worldwide, a new study says. In addition to preserving Arctic sea ice, reducing sea-level rise and alleviating other effects of global More...

By admin On Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Arctic’s carbon bomb might be even more potent than we thought

For some time, scientists fearing the mass release of greenhouse gases from the carbon rich, frozen soils of the Arctic have had at least one morsel of good news in their forecasts: They predicted most More...

By admin On Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Under coal-boosting President Trump, U.S. solar is actually doing pretty well

The U.S. solar industry had its second-best year on record for installations in 2017, despite the election of an administration that promotes fossil fuels and some worry injected into the market by President More...

By admin On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The melting Arctic is already messing with a crucial part of the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that More...