"Sept. 17 News: House Republicans Push Bills This Week To Dismantle Environmental Laws"
The House is slated to vote this week on the latest GOP bill to thwart White House environmental policies that Republicans call economically burdensome. [The Hill]
The GOP bill combines a number of measures that have already passed the House to curtail policies that Republicans contend will thwart coal-mining and coal-fired power generation. It would nix the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and take aim at other air pollution rules; restrict planned EPA rules governing management and disposal of coal ash, a waste product from coal plants; and restrict potential Interior Department rules on coal-mining wastes; among other provisions.
Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation’s Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers’ premiums. [Associated Press]
Drought conditions are costing homeowners bundles of money as their foundations crack, shift or crumble because of the clay-heavy Midlands earth pulling away from homes because of a lack of moisture. [Omaha World Herald]
More than 2,000 homes in Wyoming face a high or the highest possible risk from wildfires, which endanger $659 million of home value, according to an analysis firm in its inaugural wildfire risk report. [Star Tribune]
As one of the hottest summers ever recorded drew to a close, Jay Portnoy watched patients stream into Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., coughing and wheezing with asthma, 20 admissions per day for the week that started with Labor Day, he said. [Washington Post]
The chance to save the world’s coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists said in a study released on Sunday. [Reuters]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s hopeful of negotiating a solution to a dispute with China over solar panels, even after the European Union launched an anti-dumping probe. [Washington Post]
The hole in the ozone layer, the earth’s protective shield against ultraviolet rays, is expected to be smaller this year over the Antarctic than last, showing how a ban on harmful substances has stopped its depletion, the United Nations said on Friday. [Reuters]
A powerful typhoon passing over southwestern Japan has left tens of thousands of homes without power and brought transportation to the region by sea and air to a standstill. [Associated Press]
At the moment only 4.5 per cent of transport fuel in the UK is from biofuels, but that will rise to ten per cent by 2020. The biofuel is largely mixed in with diesel or petrol sold at the pumps. [The Telegraph]