Trump to overhaul environmental review process, dismiss climate impacts


The Trump administration will unveil new regulations on Wednesday, which would limit the types of projects like highways and pipelines that require environmental review and no longer require federal agencies to weigh their climate impacts, sources familiar with the plan said.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality is expected to announce that federal agencies will not be required to consider cumulative climate change impacts when considering federal projects, said two people familiar with the CEQ rulemaking.

The CEQ is also expected to limit the scope of projects that would trigger stringent environmental reviews called environmental impact studies, expand the number of project categories that can be excluded from NEPA reviews and allow companies or project developers to conduct their own environmental assessments, the sources said.

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Britons reach Africans’ annual carbon emissions in just two weeks



The average British person will have emitted more carbon dioxide in the first two weeks of this year than a citizen of any one of seven African nations does in an entire year.

This is the key finding of an Oxfam project, published on Sunday, which discovered that someone in the UK will take just five days to emit the same carbon as someone in Rwanda does in a year.
Danny Sriskandarajah, the chief executive of Oxfam GB, described the scale of global inequality revealed by the study as staggering.

It’s a shock to realise that in just a few days our high-carbon lifestyles here in the UK produce the same emissions as the annual footprint of people in some poor countries.

Just as large numbers of the public are resolving to reduce their carbon footprint, we need a bold new years resolution from the prime minister to get us on track to net-zero emissions much earlier than the current 2050 deadline, added Sriskandarajah.

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Aging and neglected sewer pipes are polluting environment



1.6 billion gallons of wastewater have been released to the environment due the failure of aging sewer pipes, lift stations and wastewater treatment plants.

During the 16 days prior to Christmas, three major sewer pipe failures poured an un-calculated amount of raw sewage, probably millions of gallons, into streets and water bodies.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 10-17% of raw sewage leaks directly into the environment and groundwater from aging sewer pipes.

In Florida, 1.5 billion gallons of wastewater are treated EVERY DAY. Just 10% of that results in 53.4 billion gallons of raw sewage annually entering the environment and groundwater.

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