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Environmentalists sue EPA for reversing Obama-era move to ban pesticide

Dangerous chlorpyrifos used ion US agricultureEnvironmental groups have filed a complaint against the US government over its support of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, one week after Donald Trump’s administration rejected federally backed science and reversed an Obama-era policy.

The Pesticide Action Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed the case against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, seeking to force the government to follow through with the Obama administration’s recommendations to ban an insecticide widely used in agriculture.

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Maryland governor signs fracking ban into law

Maryland Governor Larry HoganMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed a bill establishing a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Hogan’s signature comes after the state’s Legislature passed the fracking ban last week. Maryland is now only the second state in the country to ban fracking, after New York established a similar ban in 2015.  Hogan’s signature is a victory for groups that fought for a fracking ban in Maryland.

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EPA chief says Paris climate agreement 'bad deal' for U.S.

EPA disses Paris climate pactThe United States should continue to be "engaged" in international climate change discussions but the Paris climate change agreement is a "bad deal" for the country, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt did not confirm whether the United States would remain in the global climate change pact, under which nearly all countries agreed in 2015 to halt or curb their greenhouse gas emissions, even as the world's biggest emitter China reaffirmed its commitment to the agreement.

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Peru's illegal gold mines are devastating the Amazon rain forest

Peru's gold mines killing rain forestThe roads cutting through the Amazon rain forest are lined with signs encouraging people to protect Peru's natural resources and take care of the environment, but people aren’t sure why the government posts them anymore.

Many rivers in Peru run orange with pollution from illegal gold mining, and trees were cut away to make room for sifting towers and excavators.

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No April Fools' Day joke: Winter storm to drop snow in Northeast

April snowstorm NE USAn April Fools' Day winter storm may bring heavy, wet snow to parts of the northeastern United States.

The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow, rain, and ice is likely to persist throughout the Northeast before changing to all snow on Saturday night.  Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued for parts of New England, upstate New York and northeast Pennsylvania.

Portions of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York may see a minimum of six inches of snowfall by Saturday night.

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Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

Energy Dept bans use of 'climate change'A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.

Employees of DOE’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy learned of the ban at a meeting Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump signed an executive order at EPA headquarters to reverse most of former President Barack Obama's climate regulatory initiatives. Officials at the State Department and in other DOE offices said they had not been given a banned words list, but they had started avoiding climate-related terms in their memos and briefings given the new administration's direction on climate change.

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Dead Sea evidence of unprecedented drought is warning for future

Dead Sea evidence of unprecedented droughtFar below the Dead Sea, between Israel, Jordan and Palestinian territories, researchers have found evidence of a drought that has no precedent in human experience.

From depths of 300 metres below the landlocked basin, drillers brought to the surface a core that contained 30 metres of thick, crystalline salt: evidence that 120,000 years ago, and again about 10,000 years ago, rainfall had been only about one fifth of modern levels.

The cause in each case would have been entirely natural. But in the region where human civilisation began, already in the grip of its worst drought for 900 years, it is a reminder of how bad things could get and a guide to how much worse human-induced climate change could become.

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