In New Paper, Scientists Explain Climate Change Using Before/After Photographic Evidence

Read the full story from the University of Kansas. A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of retreating glaciers in a new paper, “Savor the Cryosphere,” appearing in GSA Today, a peer-reviewed publication of the Geological Society of America.

EPA Walks Back Methane Rule for Oil and Gas Industry

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that it will reconsider a Barack Obama-era rule to curb emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds, and other toxic air pollutants from the oil and gas industry. The rule, which was finalized in June of 2016 and would have gone into …

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Trump’s executive order last month aimed at streamlining agencies throughout the federal government.

US companies rank miserably low on the UN’s new corporate responsibility rankings

Read the full story at Quartz. When it comes to the UN’s sustainable development goals, Apple just thinks different. The iPhone-manufacturing behemoth ranks among the worst of the world’s richest public companies in recognizing sustainable-development themes in its corporate annual reports, according to a new analysis of 100 top brands. Apple is joined at the …

Too many studies have hidden conflicts of interest. A new tool makes it easier to see them.

Read the full story at Vox. Although PubMed focuses primarily on health literature, this could signal a wider trend. PubMed — a powerful taxpayer-funded search engine for medical study abstracts that doctors, patients, and the media rely on — just started displaying conflict of interest data up front. New information about funding sources and potential …

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

Read the full story in CityLab. Ninety-six percent of the country’s population lives in counties where federally declared weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Federal programs help mitigate these scenarios: EPA programs study climate change and issue guidelines about combating global warming; FEMA provides disaster assistance to mitigate these effects. But under Trump’s budget plan, …

The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water

Read the full story in The Atlantic. The Trump administration has not been shy about its skepticism of programs designed to protect the environment. Donald Trump has said that environmental regulations are “out of control,” he has proposed slashing the budget and staffing levels at the Environmental Protection Agency, and he has appointed as head …