In just the first two years of the Trump administration, there was a 70 percent decrease in Clean Water Act prosecutions and a more than 50 percent decrease in Clean Air Act prosecutions, according to a University of Michigan Law School study. The study said Americans are less safe and the environment is “less protected” as a result.
Climate change poses special risks to the “health and safety” of incarcerated populations as well as to the impoverished communities most of them come from, according to the American Journal of Public Health.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Or., analyzes thousands of creatures each year. Crime against wildlife is a multibillion-dollar global enterprise that experts say is increasing as poaching and trafficking networks grow more sophisticated.
During the so-called “Redwood Summer” of 1990, a conflict between anti-logging groups and timber companies was marred by violence. Nearly three decades later, even as the state’s pristine forests are threatened by fire, a new environmental battle looms—but this time privately contracted security forces are involved.
Michigan health and welfare chief Nick Lyon was “corrupt” in his handling of the Flint area Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and will stand trial on felony charges including involuntary manslaughter, a judge ruled.
The short answer, writes an environmental attorney, is no one. The White House proposal to cut the EPA’s budget by 31 percent next year has fueled calls for states and private agencies to take on the burden of policing polluters—which he argues will have only limited impact.
The Environmental Protection Agency moves agents from investigating environmental crimes to protecting agency administrator Scott Pruitt, who has needed three times as many on his personal security detail than the number who served under his predecessor in the Obama administration.
Regulating marijuana the same way as other crops encourages stricter compliance with laws governing wetland conversion, air and water pollution and land use, according to a University of Buffalo study.