2. EPA Replacement Says “Modern Air Is Too Clean”
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has replaced 18 of the 44-members on the Scientific Advisory Board.These experts are tasked with reviewing the scientific information the EPA uses to make key policy decisions. One of his replacements, smog researcher Robert Phalen says, “modern air is a little too clean for optimum health.” The new chair of the board, Michael Honeycutt, suggests that “EPA air quality regulations and ozone limits are unnecessary because Americans spend 90% of their time indoors.”
3. Half of Hawaii’s Coral Reefs Bleached in One Year
During heat waves in 2014-2015, nearly half of Hawaii’s coral reefs bleached. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that 56 percent of the Big Island’s coral were bleached, along with 44 percent along West Maui and 32 percent around Oahu. Scientists predict that such bleaching events in Hawaii will become more frequent and severe, occurring in 30 to 50 percent of years in the 2030s.
4. Congressman Bishop Attempts to Invalidate the Endangered Species Act
5. Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Found near El Salvador
6. Vaquita Porpoise Dies in Captivity
7. Man Swims in Icy Antarctic Waters in Speedos
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