From China’s Coal Consumption to a Melting Arctic, Here Are the Biggest Environmental Stories to Watch This Year

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

This is likely to be a pivotal year in the fight to halt global climate change and all of its effects. Here, in no particular order, are some of the top stories to keep an eye on in the new year.

Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.

I just checked and the page is still there. The Internet Archive has snapshots from as recently as this morning. If you want to ensure access, you can use the Internet Archive’s Save Page Now feature to capture the web page as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future.

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The Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories of the Past Year

Read the full story at Pacific Standard.

From the declaration of large marine parks to animals that are recovering after years of decline, a reserve for the world’s largest primate, and increased restrictions on wildlife trade, last year wasn’t all bad news.

From electronic noses to invasive bees, 15 surprising trends for 2017

Read the full story at Ensia.

What should we be thinking about when we think about the future of biodiversity, conservation and the environment? An international team of experts in horizon scanning, science communication and conservation recently asked that question as participants in the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity. The answers they came up with, just published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution and summarized below, portend both risks and opportunities for species and ecosystems around the world.

ENB statistical year in review: 2016

Here are the top 10 ENB posts (excluding the home page) from 2016. Posts in bold were published in 2016. The others were published in other years.

    1. 12 eco-themed Halloween costumes
    2. Giant park data repository will include almost 14,000 cities
    3. 10 Awesome Instagram Accounts That Science Geeks Should Follow
    4. Where to donate your used stuff in Champaign-Urbana
    5. DOE commits more than $1.7 million to help commercialize promising Argonne-associated energy technologies
    6. New journal call for papers: Journal of Water Process Engineering
    7. Clif Bar Proves That Corporate Social Responsibility Can Win Customers
    8. Announcing the Winners of the Second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
    9. Neat reuse idea: Pallet sofa
    10. How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?

The top posts are half from 2016 and half from the archives. In the previous two years, 70% of the top 10 posts were from the archives, so this year’s list represents a change, although it’s too soon to say whether it’s a trend.

If you remove the archived posts from the top 10, here are the five other posts from 2016 that would have made the cut:

The biggest single issue that I covered in 2016 was the Flint Water Crisis (63 posts). Given the ongoing environmental health implications, I expect to continue posting on the topic fairly often in 2017 and beyond. I also expect that we’ll see more stories about similar conditions in other cities and towns (see The Next Flint Water Crisis) given that the nation’s water delivery infrastructure isn’t a public policy priority until a crisis occurs.

There were 8,816 visitors to ENB in 2016. They viewed 14,846 pages. Both of these numbers are down from 2015, although the number of pages viewed per visitor increased slightly from 1.67 to 1.68. Most traffic to the site comes from search engines, LinkedIn, and Twitter (in that order). There are also 76 people following ENB on WordPress and via e-mail. Their page views aren’t counted in WordPress’ stats counts.

Thanks for reading in 2016. I hope you continue to tune in during 2017.

 

A Regional Water Supply Framework for Champaign County and East Central Illinois

This report is the result of a multi-jurisdictional effort to recommend informed action in the spheres of research, public policy, and outreach. The report includes 35 strategies, all with the goal of protecting water quality and quantity in East-Central Illinois now and in the future.