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The Environment

  1. my single is dropping
    Everyone on Earth Guested on Lil Dicky’s ‘Earth’Lions and baboons and Bieber, oh my!
  2. climate change
    U.N. Climate Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed to Avert CatastropheAvoiding disaster will require changes with “no documented historic precedent.”
  3. epa
    EPA: Actually, a Little Radiation Might Be Good For YouThe Trump administration is moving to weaken rules related to radiation exposure.
  4. gross things
    Alabamians Are Sick of New York’s CrapNew York City is cutting ties with a Birmingham-area landfill after local outcry over the smell of their imported Gotham sewage.
  5. The EPA Is Driving Away Scientists and That’s Just What Trump WantsMore than 700 EPA employees, 200 of whom are scientists, have left the agency since Trump took office.
  6. Report: Trump Administration EPA Going Soft on PollutersMaybe people who hate the EPA shouldn’t run the EPA.
  7. Trump Reinstates Elephant Trophy Ban, Possibly for GoodThe president had said he wanted to review whether or not killing elephants saves elephants.
  8. New Govt. Climate Report Says Earth Is Getting Hotter and Humans Are to BlameThe Trump administration has a few people who disagree.
  9. Flying Insects Are Disappearing and That’s Not a Good ThingA new study shows a dramatically reduced biomass in obnoxious but necessary flying insects.
  10. climate change
    This Isn’t ‘the New Normal’ for Climate Change — That Will Be WorseThe wildfires raging in California, the hurricanes that battered the United States: they are only the beginning of what is to come.
  11. Will Irma Finally Change the Way We Talk About Climate?This summer’s outbreak of extreme weather should force everyone to see climate change for what it is and what it does.
  12. EPA Denies Houston Superfund Sites Being Neglected, Attacks ReporterThe AP reported on Saturday that several Houston area toxic-waste sites had flooded and were not being checked by the agency.
  13. When the Waters Recede, Trash Piles UpIn the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas will have an untold supply of trash, and it will have to go somewhere.
  14. Fearing Environmental Disaster, Big Oil Wants Trump to Slow Regulation RollbackThe oil giants also want to make sure smaller companies have a hard time sharing in their success.
  15. The Dakota Access Pipeline Went Online TodayOn the same day President Trump withdrew from an international climate deal, the controversial project started shipping oil.
  16. Report: Trump Saying He Will Pull U.S. Out of Paris Climate DealAmerica’s exit from the agreement wouldn’t doom the 195-country pact, but it would increase the danger the world faces from global warming.
  17. Tens of Thousands March Against Climate Change, Trump in Washington, D.C.The massive crowd braved record temperatures and, yes, brought good signs, too.
  18. Obama Names New National Monuments in the WestThe president has so far put 548 million acres of land and water under federal protection.
  19. standing rock
    Protesters Declare Victory After Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline HaltedThe U.S. Army has decided to deny permits for construction of the oil pipeline while it investigates alternate routes.
  20. Standing Rock Protesters Vow to Remain at Camp, Despite Army Corps OrderNorth Dakota officials are pressuring the federal government to intervene in the seven-month-old protest.
  21. Hundreds Injured, Some Seriously, in Dakota Access Pipeline ProtestOne protester had a heart attack, and another went into surgery after her arm was injured by a concussion grenade.
  22. The North Pole Is Basically Hot Right NowA spike in Arctic temperatures and a record-low ice-sheet extent add to 2016’s climatic woes.
  23. More Than 140 Arrested As North Dakota Pipeline Standoff IntensifiesClashes with protesters and police.
  24. masculinity so fragile
    Men Are Destroying the Earth Because They Think Environmentalism Is Too GirlyGet out of here.
  25. As America’s Largest Reservoir Hits Record Low, a Dam Debate ReturnsNow that the Colorado River basin’s water supply is drying up, should we consider undoing some of America’s greatest engineering feats?
  26. Kenya Lights the Largest Ivory Bonfire in HistoryThey torched more than 100 tons of confiscated ivory and rhino horns in an attempt to discourage poaching.
  27. Japanese Fleet Kills Hundreds of Pregnant Whales in Apparent Violation of UN BanJapan “researched” the whales before they brought them home to market.
  28. Obama Administration to Nix Atlantic Coast Drilling PlanThe Arctic will probably stay off limits as well.
  29. Next Challenge for Flint: Enormous Piles of Empty Water BottlesTheir recycling program was not ready for this. 
  30. Bolivia’s Second-Largest Lake Is Now a WastelandIt has basically disappeared. 
  31. Science
    New Study Argues Vegetarianism Isn’t As Earth-Friendly As People ThinkEating lettuce is reportedly “three times worse” than eating bacon.
  32. The Environment
    Meal-Kit Deliveries Are Actually Terrible for the EnvironmentThey’re literally full of so much garbage.
  33. The Sixth Mass Extinction May Actually Be HereA group of scientists have concluded a historic die-off is indeed under way, and humans will be among the threatened species.
  34. This Greenland Glacier Lost a ‘Mountain Range’ Worth of Ice in the Last MonthFor those who think they’ll be long gone by the time climate change matters.
  35. New York’s New Superfund Site Is a Block in Ridgewood It’s the most radioactive place in the city.
  36. As a Superfund Site, the Gowanus Canal Will Take Ten to Twelve Years to Clean UpThe city claims its own plan would have been much faster.
  37. Bloomberg’s ‘Bag Tax’ to Include More Than Just Grocery StoresWhy the proposed plastic-bag tax is expected to rake in so much more than earlier estimates.
  38. Obama to Let States Have Their Way With AutomakersNew York is one of over a dozen states hoping to set tighter fuel-efficiency standards, which the EPA forbade under President Bush.
  39. the environment
    Crisis Averted: Rob Lowe Uses ‘Wayne’s World’ Experience to Fix Global WarmingGlobal warming is no match for Rob Lowe’s handsomeness.
  40. In Obama Endorsement, Al Gore Reaches New Rhetorical HeightsLast night in Detroit, the former vice-president got downright inspirational.
  41. Warren Buffett Reprises Role on ‘All My Children’It’s more exciting than when Billy Clyde Tuggle returned from prison! Gagillionaire grampy Warren Buffett will appear on All My Children this spring, in a role he first played in 1992.
  42. Rufus Wainwright: ‘Britney Spears Is Basically an Analogy for the World’So we recently talked to musician Rufus Wainwright about his new big plan for the summer solstice, or, as he calls it, Blackout Sabbath. He wants everybody to turn off all their lights and unplug everything in their house for twelve hours, in order to better think about how you personally can save the environment for the next year. He’s even been collecting magnets so that people can hang their ecoresolutions on the refrigerator. “In American culture, the fridge magnet and things that are on the fridge are really a strong indication of what is going on in one’s life,” he told us. “It has a certain status in the household. It’s almost like a little biblical in terms of, like, you know, This is the decree! Stamp it on the fridge with the magnet!” Indeed. We told Rufus we were impressed with his efforts to save the world and asked him about his efforts to save Britney Spears. He has said he is “probably the one person who can really help her.” That’s two awfully big goals! “Britney Spears is basically an analogy for the world. Whereas Judy Garland was an analogy for the world in the fifties and sixties, Britney is now,” he explained. “Save the whale! Oh, God, that’s awful.” Related: Rufus Wants You to Do It in the Dark [NYM]
  43. Mayor Bloomberg: Think Green, Drink CokeOne of the things that we love about Mayor Bloomberg is that he always makes an effort during speeches. He always has a joke handy, he’s personable, and crowds always eat him up (who doesn’t want to eat up a munchkin?). So it was last night at the Global Green USA Awards. “When I first got elected mayor, [my mother] said to me, ‘Now don’t try to be witty or clever; just be yourself,’” Hizzoner cracked, to much general amusement. Then he went straight into his eco-themed speech, which touched upon a lot of his PlaNYC initiatives. And then he threw down the gauntlet to PepsiCo, of all people. “Coca-Cola Enterprises has developed a hybrid delivery truck,” he explained. “This new truck produces zero emissions when it’s going very slowly, which is the only thing it’s ever going to do in our city … If I can start to get people saying, ‘Hey, Coca-Cola is a responsible company,’ then it’s good for Coke. They will make more money, and they will have an increased interest in investing in our future. And other companies will hopefully follow suit. After all, if you were PepsiCo., what would you do?” Um, bring back that commercial where Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and Pink are gladiators? Is that the wrong answer? —Robert Fischer
  44. We Love Obliviously Ironic Junk Mail Have we mentioned before how much we love junk mail from the Bureau of Waste Prevention? Oh, yeah, we have. Well, it’s still true, and the latest installment made us smile for a moment last night, all the way until we threw it out. Earlier: Best Junk Mail Ever Giving Our Junk Mail a Second Chance
  45. Ground Zero Claims Two More • Two firefighters died Saturday in a blaze in the abandoned Deutsche Bank building adjacent to ground zero. The pair “walked into a horror show,” as Spitzer put it, when they met a maze of protective polyurethane sheets that may have made the fire harder to fight. [amNY]
  46. Can’t We Just Blame Everyone? • With Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan dead, the finger-pointing begins in earnest. Mayor Mike decries Albany’s lack of “guts” while state officials accuse the mayor of springing a fully formed proposal on them at the last possible moment. [NYT]
  47. Damn You, John StosselAt Live Earth, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and John Stossel continued their public feud over global warming. Ron Perelman and Gina Gershon are hanging out on Perelman’s yacht off the coast of Italy, but they may not be dating. Eliot Spitzer and Charles Schumer are weekend telephone buddies. Former Bronx congressman Mario Biaggi no longer holds a grudge against Rudy Giuliani, even though Giuliani successfully prosecuted him for bribery twenty years ago. Al D’Amato is happy he’s going to be a father again. Mel Gibson bought a $39.5 million estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. NBC accidentally featured Katie Couric in a Today-show promo. Hillary Clinton is hosting three Hamptons fund-raisers the first weekend of August.
  48. Oil and Water One advantage of that flooding that’s bound to overtake New York? Deeper waters will presumably make it all the more difficult for oil tankers to run aground off Coney Island, as this one, the White Sea, did this morning. (Reportedly no oil was spilled.) See, a benefit to global warming: It’ll make it easier to import oil. Perfect! Oil Tanker Runs Aground Off Coney Island [AP via Crain’s]
  49. Was Live Earth a Failure? The conventional wisdom on Live Earth, last Saturday’s Al Gore–wrangled series of eight concerts around the world, is developing: It was a big, fat flop, conservative commentators are saying — and they’re gleeful about that, because, they say, it’s upsetting Gore’s supposed “grand plan” (Oscar win to Live Earth to Nobel Prize to presidency, natch). “The organizers … were hoping to attract 2 billion viewers to their cause but managed a slender 2.7 million,” writes Nicholas Wapshott in today’s Sun. And, yeah, wow, that’s quite a failure. Except that Wapshott’s number is totally wrong. He cites only the U.S. ratings for the Saturday-night broadcast on NBC. Though a relative disappointment in the United States, the concerts were seen in 178 countries on an array of platforms. Bravo, which carried the shows, registered its best-ever Saturday; on BBC1 in the United Kingdom, it snared 4.5 million viewers against Wimbledon. The shows also set records online, including an all-time viewing high on MSN with 30 million streams. Last but not least, there were also eight stadiums’ worth of live viewers. In short, those hoping that Al Gore will “grow another beard,” as Wapshott puts it, and skulk away will have to wait a while longer. Until a voting-machine mix-up in Stockholm County sends his Nobel to Rupert Murdoch. Cringe-Making Concerts [NYS] ‘Live Earth’ Concerts No Big TV Draw [AP]
  50. Except for at Bloomberg, It’s Not Easy Being GreenAnother day, another company going green: Today it’s Bloomberg LP (which, frankly, was a bit of a surprise; we’d assumed Mike’s moneymaker has long been running on, oh, let’s say discarded trans fats). It was only a matter of time, then, before we’d see some sort of backlash from the “traditional” utility forces. In California, L.A.’s Department of Water & Power (yes, the corporate villain of Chinatown) has pulled the plug on Gore Vidal’s home solar-power plant, literally ripping out the wires and taking down the panels. Supposedly the system was improperly installed; now Vidal is back on the grid like a good little customer.
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