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Destroying EPA Enforcement Agencies

Trump Administration Considering Shutting EPA’s Enforcement Office: Report WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration is considering closing down the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report Wednesday evening from Inside EPA. The new administration is reportedly looking to close the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, or OECA, and instead let individual program offices (such as the air program, the water program and others) handle enforcement. The outlet Inside EPA quoted “a source familiar with the plan” who says the Trump administration intends to “disassemble the enforcement office … take it, break it up and move...

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Is the Earth’s Magnetic Field about to Flip?

Are Earth’s Magnetic Poles About to Flip? The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet’s history includes at least several hundred global magnetic reversals, where north and south magnetic poles swap places. So when’s the next one happening and how will it affect life on Earth? During a reversal the magnetic field won’t be zero, but will assume a weaker and more complex form. It may fall to 10 percent of...

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Fines for Vizio TVs collecting data

These smart TVs were apparently spying on their owners The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that Vizio used 11 million televisions to spy on its customers. The television maker agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a case with the FTC and the New Jersey attorney general’s office after the agencies accused it of secretly collecting — and selling — data about its customers’ locations, demographics and viewing habits. With the advent of “smart” appliances, customers and consumer advocates have raised concerns about whether the devices could be sending sensitive information back to their manufacturers. The FTC says the...

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Eco News Roundup: February 5, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. 4 Scientific facts Trump can’t deny During the recent confirmation hearings of President Trump’s cabinet nominees, a familiar pattern has emerged. Many of them have acknowledged that climate change is happening, but each has then sowed doubt by either understating the connection between human activity and climate change or by suggesting that there’s too much uncertainty to act. The overall effect of these statements is to confuse or stall progress. The reality is that we know plenty about the role...

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Eco News Roundup: January 29, 2017 (aka 1984)

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. Pipeline Leaks 200,000 Litres Of Oil On Saskatchewan First Nation STOUGHTON, Sask. — About 200,000 litres of crude oil has been spilled onto agricultural land in southeastern Saskatchewan after a pipeline leak. The spill was detected Friday at a site 10 kilometres north of Stoughton in a low-lying area with a frozen slough. Doug MacKnight, assistant deputy minister of Economy, says about 170,000 litres have been recovered so far. ANOTHER Oil Pipeline Leak Just Spilled 50,400 Gallons Into Yellowstone River,...

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