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White House unveils plan to speed big projects permits, sidestepping climate concern

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges, one of the biggest deregulatory actions of the president’s tenure. The plan, released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), would help the administration advance big energy and…

The Trump Administration Just Gutted Clean Water Protections

Photo: APThe Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers just removed federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small waterways and many of the nation’s wetlands. Later today, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler will announce the change at a conference of the National Association of Home Builders, an industry group that pushed…

Mayfly numbers drop by half since 2012, threatening food chain

Every summer, mayflies burst forth from lakes and rivers, taking to the skies of North America. These insects, which are particularly abundant in the northern Mississippi River Basin and Great Lakes, live in the water as nymphs before transforming into flying adults. They synchronize their emergence to form huge swarms of up to 80 billion…

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Takes Jab at Greta Thunberg at Davos

Climate|Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Takes Jab at Greta Thunberg at DavosAt a Swiss economic forum, Mr. Mnuchin dismissed criticisms by Ms. Thunberg, the teenage environmental activist.The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.Credit…Manuel Lopez/ World Economic ForumJan. 23, 2020Updated 8:10 a.m. ETTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed criticisms…

Davos 2020: Greta Thunberg meets Prince Charles for first time

The Prince of Wales and Greta Thunberg have made each other’s acquaintance for the first time at Davos 2020. On Wednesday 22 January, Prince Charles delivered a keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to launch the Sustainable Market Council. Following his speech, the royal was introduced to environmental campaigner Thunberg, marking the…