Tag Archives: Agriculture

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — On August 13, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry, and it’s not the only substance the agency plans to liberate from regulatory control. The rules being rescinded required producers to…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Grundy County, Iowa — “They have it all sealed off, insulated, and they’re pumping in steam from the machine outside. And they are going to roast the pigs alive in this sauna.” Those were the words coming from an investigator in a video…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — On Jan. 23, 2020, President Donald J. Trump, while undergoing an impeachment trial in the Senate, gutted the Clean Water Act (CWA), with rollbacks that some critics said take the country back to a time before Ronald Reagan. Environmental groups and media outlets went…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — On Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump Administration finalized a rule rolling back the Clean Water Act (the Act), marking the first time it has ever been reduced in power outside of the courts. Specifically, the changes lay waste to protections for ephemeral and intermittent…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Washington DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allowing an exemption for a new type of organic fungicide aimed at helping bumblebee populations in distress. The delivery method for the new substance: the bees themselves. The new rule marks the…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Fish are being fired upriver by an innovative “cannon” of sorts, flinging them over manmade obstacles — obstructions that in some cases, have denied salmon their native habitats for nearly a century. And although the “salmon cannon” has been in effect and…

(EnviroNews California) — San Francisco, California — Wildlife Services — from the sound of it, one might think it’s a program that would be supportive or in “service” to wildlife. But environmental and conservation groups say the century-old agency is anything but helpful to animals — especially if…

(EnviroNews Nature) — On Aug. 3, 2017, Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) released a pilot report demonstrating how satellite data, remote sensing and cloud computing can be used to monitor wildlife habitat loss. Defenders’ Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI), which focuses on the use of technology and data in…

(EnviroNews Nature) — On May 10, 2017, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), led a committee oversight hearing called, “Conservation, Consultation and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act.” Green groups decry Barrasso’s desire…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Four conservation groups filed a lawsuit on May 11, 2017, aimed at stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from killing Idaho’s wild animals. The USDA’s Wildlife Services (WS) program killed more than 280,000 mammals and birds in Idaho during 2016. The animals axed include…

(EnviroNews California) — The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report April 11, 2017, that found 94 water systems serving eight million Californians are contaminated with 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). TCP is a toxic pesticide byproduct that has also been used as a solvent and paint remover. While Shell Chemical…

(EnviroNews Oregon) — Washington D.C. — On March 30, 2017, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 (H.R. 1817), which seeks to ban the use of two deadly poisons, Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide, for predator control efforts throughout the United States. These…