One former NASA scientist is claiming that the agency’s employees are crippled by the “fear and anxiety” brought on by the Trump administration and its adamant denial of climate change.“Nasa’s talking point is that it’s business as usual, but that’s not true,” former NASA science communicator, Laura Tenenbaum, told The Guardian. People inside the agency are concerned Trump will cut climate science funding. There is a fear and anxiety there and the outcome has been chaos.”The climate change data and research meant for general public knowledge has come to a near halt under President Trump’s administration, Tenenbaum claimed, noting she received a warning to stay away from phrases like “global warming” when posting on social media or speaking with the press. She said drafts of blog posts on coal plants becoming solar plants and other “reasons to be positive about NASA” were thrown out by other officials … [Read more...] about Former NASA scientist says Trump’s climate change policy fills agency with ‘fear and anxiety’
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff May 18, 2018 On the booming Boston waterfront, Bradley Campbell was very much a new face on the docks.A veteran of environmental protection work in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, he arrived in the city in late 2015 as the new president of Conservation Law Foundation, a venerable environmental advocacy group perhaps best known for its 1980s court fight to clean up Boston Harbor. One of his top priorities: Defend the public’s access to the waterfront amid a surge in development. Over more than 50 years, the foundation had earned a reputation as a responsible advocate, even when it resorted to litigation to achieve its goals. But in several recent showdowns, Campbell has riled Mayor Martin J. Walsh, other city officials, and community groups with what they say is a combative and arrogant approach that threatens to erode the … [Read more...] about Did this environmental group cross the line? Or does an overdeveloped waterfront need defending?
Michael Biesecker, Associated Press Updated 9:17 pm, Monday, May 14, 2018 Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt listen to questions as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented around-the-clock armed security protection on his very first day at the agency. EPA’s internal watchdog disclosed new details on Monday about the pricey security arrangements taken to protect Pruitt in letters sent to two Democratic senators. less FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt listen to questions as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill ... more … [Read more...] about EPA watchdog says Pruitt sought 24/7 protection from start
By Roger Fingas Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:13 pm PT (03:13 pm ET) A think tank, the Environmental Law Institute, is awarding Apple VP Lisa Jackson its Environmental Achievement Award both for her work at Apple and her long tenure with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was made administrator under President Barack Obama.The solar-equipped "spaceship" at Apple Park. "Lisa has exemplified leadership, innovation, and commitment to sound science and rule of law at each step of her remarkable career," wrote ELI president Scott Fulton. "She has been a tireless champion for both sustainability and environmental justice, and has left an enduring mark on both the private sector and the public sector. Her work in greening Apple's supply chain and in reducing the company's carbon and natural resource footprint has been exceptional, reflecting the power and reach of business leadership in advancing environmental performance and stewardship." Jackson joined Apple in 2013, and also … [Read more...] about Lisa Jackson wins ELI’s 2018 Environmental Achievement Award for work with Apple & EPA
Updated 6:37 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018 Photo: Ron Cockerille, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This phto taken Oct. 14, 2005, shows from left to right, Ambassador Linton Brooks, administrator with the National Nuclear Security Administration, Sen. James DeMint, R-S.C., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Reps. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., head out to break ground for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at Savannah River Site in Jackson, S.C. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has formally ended construction of a facility meant to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for reactors, a key element in the nation's longstanding efforts to contain the global nuclear threat. Perry executed a waiver on Thursday, May10, 2018 to terminate construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. (Ron Cockerille /The Augusta Chronicle via AP) less This phto … [Read more...] about Nuke agency pitches plutonium pits for Savannah River Site
Tech & Science Earth Day is a day for celebrating our home planet and raising awareness of things we can do to protect it from harm. But most humans, with the exception of some astronauts, live on this planet throughout the entire year. For those who want to do right by Earth on April 22 and the rest of the year but aren’t sure where to start, here are some small ways—in addition to recycling and not wasting water or electricity—to reduce your environmental impact. Meat While many people become vegetarians or vegans in protest of how animals are treated in the agricultural industry, meat affects the ecosystem in other ways. In order to get a slab of meat to your dinner table, farmers have to raise crops to feed their animals, taking up a lot of land and water. The animals also produce a lot of waste and the meat has to be transported to your area, adding to the carbon footprint of the process through truck emissions. Cutting down on meat, even if that means … [Read more...] about Earth Day 2018: Small Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Gallery: After chemical spill, Walker County delays bids on Coats American building ROCK SPRING, Ga. — As workers continue to clean up a potentially toxic oil spill, the Walker County Development Authority indefinitely postponed the sale of the Coats American plant in Rossville. The authority began seeking offers for the site in January, but it voted Tuesday to revisit a sale once the Environmental Protection Agency lets people work there again. According to Rossville police, a man tipped over a transformer inside the abandoned plant on March 11, spilling oil into a storm drain. Investigators believe the man tried to strip the copper off the transformer. The oil contained polychlorinated biphenyls, a chemical linked to cancer, reproductive issues among men and development issues among children. The oil ran from the storm drain to the Williams Street Tributary. The night of the spill, a man told police he saw an oily sheen in a drainage ditch across the street from the plant. The … [Read more...] about Amid Rossville, Ga., environmental cleanup, Coats American sale delayed [photos]
The fusillade hasn’t stopped, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is holding on — with a seeming Twitter boost from President Donald Trump himself. Meanwhile, the agency he runs is wracked with turmoil after a week of near constant negative coverage and scrutiny. Story Continued Below Inside the Environmental Protection Agency, there’s talk of an internal “civil war,” POLITICO’s Emily Holden reports, with employees talking about “backstabbing”and anxious about a series of leaks. “The internal EPA drama is infecting even Pruitt’s inner circle, which has been split for months between D.C.-based Republicans and some loyalists who followed him from his former post as Oklahoma attorney general — a few of whom, according to two former staffers, have been all too eager to sign off on the luxe travel and security spending that has spurred growing calls for President Donald Trump to fire their boss.” Trump’s boost … [Read more...] about Trump After Dark: Environmental Disaster edition
Soon after taking office on Feb. 17, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt set out to revamp his agency's websites in order to take down longstanding information on climate science and policy. This included the agency's authoritative resources on climate science findings and data, a climate change for kids page, and a website detailing the landmark Clean Power Plan. Documents released Monday by the Environmental Defense Fund show that Pruitt was involved in ordering and monitoring his staff's progress in taking down these specific websites, and putting up interim redirect sites in their stead. SEE ALSO: Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious For example, on April 28, 2017, J.P. Freire, then the chief of public affairs at the EPA, wrote to agency web and public affairs staff to direct them to remove and archive content on several EPA webpages, including the Clean Power Plan site and the main climate science section, which had … [Read more...] about EPA administrator Scott Pruitt kept close tabs on scrubbing agency’s climate websites, documents show
The U.S. Congress is currently gridlocked over a spending plan for the next fiscal year, and if they don’t reach an agreement by midnight tonight the government will shutdown. But what would that mean for science and tech agencies? A lot of scientific experiments in the U.S. run through some kind of government agency, whether that means awarding grants for research or collecting data from experiments. Without funding, what happens? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below NASA Obviously, the astronauts aboard the space station would keep working, and a ground crew would continue monitoring the station and other important NASA spacecraft. Also cargo flights to the space station would launch as normal. We're not going to let our ISS residents starve. However, upcoming NASA spacecraft could be delayed because of the shutdown. In particular, the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s replacement for the aging Hubble Space Telescope, could be pushed back weeks or months, depending … [Read more...] about What Happens to U.S. Science and Tech Agencies During a Shutdown?