November 27, 2018

Watchdog Clears Zinke in Utah Monument Probe

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been cleared by his agency's inspector general in one of the ethics investigations against him. This one centered on allegations that Zinke redrew the boundaries of a national monument to benefit a political ally.

November 26, 2018

Climate-Heating Greenhouse Gases at Record Levels, WMO Says

Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide—major greenhouse gases—are at record levels, a new World Meteorological Organization report says. "The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago, when the temperature was 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer and sea level was 10-20 meters higher than now," the head of the WMO said.

EU Progress on Renewable Energy, Efficiency Targets Slows

The European Union's progress toward increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing, the European Environment Agency says. Environmental targets could be thwarted by the slowdown, caused in part by rising energy consumption, particularly in transportation.

November 21, 2018

UN Environment Envoy Quits After Audit of Expenses

Erik Solheim has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Program after an audit showed the former Norwegian diplomat racked up $488,519 in travel expenses over a 22-month period. At issue in particular were his frequent trips to Paris and Oslo, the New York Times reports.

November 20, 2018

EPA Regional Administrator Resigns After Indictment

EPA Region 4 Administrator Onis "Trey" Glenn III, President Trump's appointee to oversee the Southeast region, has resigned after being indicted on ethics charges in Alabama. The charges, which Glenn calls "unfounded," stemmed from events before his took office, AL.com reports.

Regulators Close Maine’s Shrimp Fishery for Next 3 Years

Depleted shrimp populations as a result of rising water temperatures have prompted regulators to close the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season for another three years. "Climate change is driving the decline in this fishery," a spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources said. Read more from ICN on how climate change is disrupting crab fishing on the West Coast.

Murray Energy Rebuked by Labor Officials in Coal Worker Intimidation Case

The Department of Labor is standing behind a federal mine safety board's finding that Murray Energy Corp. committed "extraordinary and egregious violations" by interfering with employees' rights to report safety concerns to regulators. The dispute over the findings has landed in a federal appeals court, and oral arguments are set to begin in January. 

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