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‘No shame’: how the Trump administration granted big oil’s wishlist

The EPA has fulfilled almost all major demands made by the American Petroleum Institute within its first year under Trump.
Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
via ‘No shame’: how the Trump administration granted big oil’s wishlist | Business | The Guardian.

EPA Leaders From Past GOP Administrations Slam Proposed Pebble Mine In Alaska

“The record is clear: The Pebble Mine is fundamentally flawed ― it’s the wrong mine in the wrong place.”
Environmental Protection Agency via Reuters
via EPA Leaders From Past GOP Administrations Slam Proposed Pebble Mine In Alaska | HuffPost.

Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

Authorities showed a BBC reporter that they could use the system to identify and apprehend him in seven minutes.
Source: The Huffington Post

Why is Southern California burning in December? A climate scientist’s answer

Southern California may get the Santa Ana winds every year, but — according to recorded history — they’ve never been like this.
Photograph: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Source: The LA Times

A Record Number Of Journalists Are Imprisoned Worldwide For Doing Their Jobs

More than half are behind bars in Turkey, China and Egypt, says a new Committee to Protect Journalists report.
John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
Source: The Guardian

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say

“It’s not even subtle,” said one senator.
Source: The Huffington Post

Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.
Photograph: M. Shanley/American Museum of Natural History
Source: The New York Times

‘Not ashamed’: dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove

Members of the tiny Japanese community, which was vilified in the 2009 documentary, speak to the Guardian about fishing and their way of life.

via ‘Not ashamed’: dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove | World news | The Guardian.

Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death

The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too late.
Illustration: Thomas Pullin
Source: The Guardian

Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet.
Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian
via Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan | Technology | The Guardian.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One ‘Tantrum Away’

“We have avoided nuclear war not through prudent leadership but good fortune,” said Beatrice Fihn, at the award ceremony in Oslo.
Photograph: Norsk Telegambyra As/Reuters
Source: The Huffington Post

Ted Cruz Challenger Picks Up Key Environmental Endorsement

After being rocked by Hurricane Harvey, will Texas pick Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke over an oil industry-funded climate change denier?
Rep. Beto O’Rourke shown with supporters of single-payer health care.
Source: The Huffington Post
 

Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did

An energy firm’s lobbying team was led by Trump’s incoming EPA deputy secretary.
via Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did | HuffPost.

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

Photograph: Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix
via Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’ : NPR.

Polluted air, health problems brought by Southern California fires are expected to linger

Photograph: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Source: The LA Times

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