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Environmental Issues

8 Environmental Rules That Were Too Controversial to Enact Pre-Election


Now that the election is over and Barack Obama will be staying in the White House for another four years, environmental groups are hoping that some long-awaited new rules will break loose from the regulatory logjam.

Report: Climate change behind rise in weather disasters


The number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought, a new report says.


Arctic ice shrinks 18% against record, sounding climate change alarm bells


Sea ice in the Arctic shrank a dramatic 18% this year on the previous record set in 2007 to a record low of 3.41m sq km, according to the official US monitoring organisation the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado.

State begins taking applications to waive environmental rules, angering activists

When environmental consultant David Muscalo visited a Paterson building near the Passaic River two weeks ago, he saw a half inch of dirt on the ground and a waterline 10 inches above the floor.

Lobstermen, Conn. officials rail against proposed moratorium on lobster fishing in Long Island Sound

A proposed three-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing is not the way to address the dramatic decline of lobsters in Long Island Sound, lobstermen, officials and activists said Monday.

Oh Canada: The Government’s Broad Assault on Environment

Outsiders have long viewed Canada as a pristine wilderness destination replete with moose, mountains, and Mounties who always got their man. Recognizing the tourism value of that somewhat dull but wholesome image, successive Canadian governments