Critics blast EPA move as license to pollute during pandemic | TheHill
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Critics blast EPA move as license to pollute during pandemic | TheHill

Critics worry a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy will leave the agency unaware of how much pollution is leaking into air, water and soil as companies are given the green light to suspend monitoring during the coronavirus outbreak.A directive issued by EPA late Thursday informed companies they would not face fines or other enforcement actions from…

Great Barrier Reef Suffers Third Mass Bleaching Event In Five Years – But It’s “Not All Bad News”
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Great Barrier Reef Suffers Third Mass Bleaching Event In Five Years – But It’s “Not All Bad News”

The Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass bleaching event in five years as the Australian government aerial surveys have detected widespread bleaching throughout its boundaries. Though the island nation has seen cooler temperatures lately, a buildup of heat stress over the Australian summer – particularly through February – has led to varying degrees…

“An open license to pollute”: Trump administration indefinitely suspends environmental protection laws during coronavirus pandemic
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“An open license to pollute”: Trump administration indefinitely suspends environmental protection laws during coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration introduced this week a sweeping relaxation of environmental laws and fines during the coronavirus pandemic. According to new guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), companies will largely be exempt from consequences for polluting the air or water during the outbreak.  In a letter to all government and private sector partners on…

Satellite Captures Stunning Drop in Pollution Across Europe From COVID-19 Lockdown
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Satellite Captures Stunning Drop in Pollution Across Europe From COVID-19 Lockdown

This animation, using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, shows the average nitrogen dioxide concentrations from March 14 to 25, 2020, compared to the monthly average concentrations from 2019. Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019-20), processed by KNMI/ESA New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen…