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Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities via The Washington Post
While vowing to “cancel” the international Paris climate accord Obama championed, Trump would also rearrange domestic energy and environmental priorities. He wants to open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal mining. He wants to eliminate regulations he calls needless. He would scrap proposed regulations for tighter methane controls on domestic drillers. And he wants to shrink the role of the Environmental Protection Agency to a mostly advisory one and pull back the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s proposed plan to push utilities toward lower carbon emissions.
Farmers, environmentalists spar over agriculture regulations via The Daily Progress
The required agriculture practices, which have been the subject of multiple meetings and public hearings, include rules for small farm certification, storing and managing manure, soil health, and vegetated buffer zones on fields near water and ditches. The state agriculture agency says livestock farms and farms growing annual crops in flood plain areas will be most affected by the requirements. The requirements include increasing vegetated buffer widths on streams from 10 feet to 25 feet for small farms and creating 10-foot-wide vegetated buffers on field ditches for all farms.
Dramatic reorganization, downsizing proposed for wildlife refuges via The Montana Standard
U.S. Fish and Wildlife is proposing a dramatic reorganization of its National Wildlife Refuge system in Montana and seven other states that would result in significant staff and program cuts. In some areas, reductions in staffing will lead to a shrinking commitment to active management on refuge lands, even while the land base grows.
Massachusetts voters say no to tight quarters for hens, pigs, and calves via The Washington Post
The Massachusetts measure targets farms far outside the Bay State by also banning the sale of pork, eggs, or veal from producers that use the prohibited confinement practices, including products that come from across state lines. That means any U.S. farm that houses hens in the battery cages that are now the industry standard — which allot each bird a space with an area smaller than a piece of copier paper — will not be allowed to sell eggs in Massachusetts.
When Bats Look for Meals Near Wind Power, Bats Die via The New York Times
Wind power can help the world fight climate change, but it’s not so great for bats. A new study of wind turbines found that each turbine killed one to two bats each month on average, with some killing more than 60. Bats might be attracted to turbines, whether because of the noise the machines make or the bugs that are trapped in the air movement.
It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought via Los Angeles Times
The drought started months ago. With the region’s fall dry season now in full gear, there’s not likely to be much relief. The Southeastern drought almost challenges the longstanding Western drought, centered in California, as the largest in the nation. As of late October, drought conditions rated severe or exceptional — the two worst categories — covered 73% of Alabama, 50% of Georgia, 16% of South Carolina and 12% of North Carolina. The strength of the drought is the result of bad luck, if it could be called that. The rains that drenched Louisiana and led to disastrous floods this summer didn’t head east, and the tropical storms that flooded parts of the East Coast didn’t move west.
Dozens of Wildfires Are Now Spreading Across North Carolina via Charlotte Stories
As the drought continues to linger in the Southeast, wildfires are now spreading throughout the Blue Ridge mountains and into the Piedmont of North Carolina. North Carolina firefighters are expecting wind gusts of over 20mph today to push the fires even further.
Wal-Mart is laying out its environmental map for the next several years as it tries to satisfy customers who want green products at affordable prices. The world's largest retailer says it will seek to reduce emissions in its own operations by 18 percent by 2025 and work toward adding no waste to landfills in key markets like Canada and the United States. It also plans to be powered by 50 percent clean and renewable energy sources.
Scientists to Try to Map Water’s Flow Beneath Yellowstone via The New York Times
Scientists from the United States and Denmark are seeking to map out the plumbing system hidden inside the earth’s crust that is responsible for the famous Old Faithful geyser and other hydrothermal features at Yellowstone National Park. The team also hopes to gain insights into the infrequent but sometimes major hydrothermal explosions that occur in the park.
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