Environment

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Starbucks, Citing Ocean Threat, is Ditching Plastic Straws

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

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US Cities, States Defy Trump, Still Back Paris Climate Deal

A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord.

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OPINION: 'One Lake’ A Triumph of Cronyism?

Flood-control alternatives, including the "One Lake" project for the Pearl River, have been out of the spotlight and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' technical review for nearly four years since scoping meetings in fall 2013.

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Scott Pruitt to Terminate Obama's Climate Plan

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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EPA Taps Alabama Business Lobbyist to Lead Southeast Region

A business lobbyist and ex-environmental regulator has been tapped as the new regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection office that oversees eight Southeastern states.

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Draft US Report Says Extreme Storms Driven by Climate Change

Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark increase in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather over the last four decades.

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Two Groups Sue Feds for Extending Anglers' Red Snapper Season

Two environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for stretching the red snapper season for recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico.

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G-20 Shut Trump Out on Climate, Strike Deal on Trade

World powers lined up against U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.

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Clearing the Air of Conflicts of Interest

Several conservation groups plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to hold Mississippi and Alabama accountable for violating certain provisions of the Clean Air Act.

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AP-NORC Poll: Few Favor Trump Move to Ditch Paris Accord

Less than one-third of Americans support President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a new poll shows, and just 18 percent of respondents agree with his claim that pulling out of the international agreement to reduce carbon emissions will help the U.S. economy.

'Deplorable' Conditions at Westside Trailer Park

Westside Trailer Park, located right outside of Canton in Madison County, is home to a ...