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The Biden administration will revise a Trump-era rule that allowed many coal-fired power plants to avoid or delay installing equipment that could prevent lead, selenium and other toxic pollutants from seeping into rivers and streams, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

Agency officials said that in the fall, they will formally propose a new rule strengthening standards ove...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 28, 2021, 9:10 pm

By Sergio Olmos

© The New York Times Co.

PAISLEY, ORE. Â» At the eastern edge of the Bootleg fire on Friday afternoon, there was a surreal sign of the life that once existed in a patch of Oregon forest now turned to ash, smoke and leafless burnt trees: the murmurs of cattle.

Cows wandered through the blackened landscape of the Fremont- Winema National Forest. None of the firefighters seemed to...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 28, 2021, 9:05 pm

 

Town joined a national movement when it voted to give its watershed a voice in decisions

By Bruce Finley

The Denver Post

Leaders of the Colorado mountain town Nederland just gave their surrounding 448-square mile watershed “fundamental and inalienable rights,� like those conferred on people and corporations — bolstering a movement that has gained traction amid concerns nature is sufferi...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 28, 2021, 8:30 pm

 

 

By Tom Krisher and Hope Yen

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON » In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He’s then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 28, 2021, 8:24 pm

By Somini Sengupta

© The New York Times Co.

ORDBEND, CALIF. Â» In America’s fruit and nut basket, water is now the most precious crop of all.

It explains why, amid a historic drought parching much of the American West, a grower of premium sushi rice has concluded that it makes better business sense to sell the water he would have used to grow rice than to actually grow rice. Or why a melon f...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 28, 2021, 8:15 pm

 

 

 

By Gillian Flaccus

The Denver Post

PORTLAND, ORE. Â» The monstrous wildfire burning in Oregon has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island and spreads miles each day, but evacuations and property losses have been minimal compared with much smaller blazes in densely populated areas of California.

The fire’s jaw-dropping size contrasted with its relatively small impact on people undersco...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 20, 2021, 3:44 pm

 

 

 

By John Flesher

The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. Â» Minnesota state Sen. Foung Hawj was never a fan of the “Asian carpâ€� label commonly applied to four imported fish species that are wreaking havoc in the U.S. heartland, infesting numerous rivers and bearing down on the Great Lakes.

But the last straw came when an Asian business delegation arriving at the Minneapolis airport e...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 19, 2021, 10:09 pm

 

 

By Philip Marcelo

The Associated Press

BOSTON Â» When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds.

Now, 125 years after the founding of the Massachusetts Audubon Society...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 19, 2021, 10:04 pm

4-H for seniors, farmer mental health, 5G connections part of helping communities

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The Denver Post

BURLINGTON Â»

With the July sun scorching the Eastern Plains, Elaine Wright, Wayne Runge and Ron Hielscher delighted in the dirt beneath their fingers as they watered a garden tucked behind a tree grove about 15 minutes from the line separating Colorado and Kansas.

The Burlin...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 19, 2021, 9:57 pm

 

By By Somini Sengupta

© The New York Times Co.

Some of Europe’s richest countries lay in disarray this weekend as raging rivers burst through their banks in Germany and Belgium, submerging towns, slamming parked cars against trees and leaving Europeans shellshocked at the intensity of the destruction.

Only days before in the northwestern United States, a region famed for its cool, foggy we...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: July 19, 2021, 9:49 pm