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Scientists Discovered Trichloroethylene Causes Fetal Heart Defects, & Trump White House Overrode The Findings

May 5th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists concluded that the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) causes fetal heart defects, even at low doses, officials at the White House overrode their conclusions — an egregious example of political interference in science, and a violation of the EPA’s scientific integrity policy. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) submitted a formal complaint to the EPA, urging the agency’s scientific integrity office to investigate


The Case For Solar Endowments

May 1st, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

University and college endowments in the U.S. looking for strong, sustainable revenue streams would do well to embrace on-site solar generation, and the solar industry would thrive if it could forge the partnership. Solar installations would deliver stronger and more reliable returns than current investments, and create many opportunities, including enhanced fundraising, positive press, and community appeal to current and prospective students


In The Wake Of COVID-19, Congress Must Support Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs

April 30th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The COVID-19 crisis is compounding risks for U.S. communities still contending with past extreme weather and climate-related disasters and bracing for future disasters. The recovery could likely be compounded by a string of extreme weather events starting this spring, continuing towards the end of summer when wildfire season peaks along with extreme heat and drought conditions, lasting well into the fall through the end of hurricane season


What I Wish I Had Said On CNN Regarding Science, Crisis, & The Government’s Role

April 30th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

As an occasional contributor to broadcast news on topics such as climate change and the role of science in policy, I rarely find myself commenting on the hot-off-the-press issue of the day. Experts like me are brought on when the news cycle slows, an intelligent sideshow to add gravitas while the real pundits get frothy about the latest political snub or personality gaffe


Smog-Free Skies Should Be The New Normal

April 27th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

People all over the world are reporting that the skies have cleared dramatically over the last few weeks. In the northern Indian state of Punjab, the Himalayan mountains are now visible from more than 100 miles away — some locals say they haven't seen the peaks in 30 years


The EPA’s Dirty Water: New Rule Discards Science, Ignores Importance of Wetlands & Tributaries

April 27th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Water, water everywhere and hardly a drop is being protected by the Trump administration. In its latest act of abdication, the Environmental Protection Agency published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register on April 21. The rule is scheduled to go into effect June 22, completing the elimination of the Obama administration’s Waters of the US Rule


Heat Pump Water Heaters — Game Changers In Efficiency

April 26th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

On the journey to making our homes money savers and climate champions, water heating has always been a stumbling block. While there are easy ways to use hot water efficiently (like the low-flow shower heads we featured in this Go Zero Hack), it’s a challenge to heat water without polluting


First Nations Awards $635,000 in Grant Funding to Help Native Communities on the Front Lines of COVID-19

April 21st, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on Native communities, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced it is directing $635,000 in immediate and swift emergency funds to 35 select Native nations and Native-led organizations to support response, relief, human services, organizational sustainability, and economic development efforts


The Story Behind #ElonMuskDay

April 20th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Nowadays, there’s a commemoration on the calendar for just about anything you can think of — from important observances such as Earth Day (April 22) and National Drive Electric Week (Sep 26—Oct 4, 2020) to trivial tributes such as National Bubble Wrap Day and Static Electricity Day. So, it’s inconceivable that such an influential and revered visionary as Elon Musk shouldn’t be honored with his own official day



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