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Category Archives: environment
Climate crisis will not be discussed at G7 next year, says Trump official | World news | The Guardian
The climate crisis will not be formally discussed at the G7 summit in June next year, Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff said on Thursday.
“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating.
Mulvaney announced that the 2020 summit of seven of the world’s most powerful industrialised countries will take place at the National Doral Miami, one of the president’s golf resorts in Florida, despite widespread ethics concerns and an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump’s conduct.
From weakening regulation on vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood and withdrawing funding for conservation programs, the Trump administration is accused of consistently ignoring, burying and undermining climate science.
via Climate crisis will not be discussed at G7 next year, says Trump official | World news | The Guardian
Donald Trump’s bullying UN speech shows he is not the leader the world needs | South China Morning Post
Advisers to US President Donald Trump promised he would take a “philosophical” approach in his speech to the United Nations. If it was philosophy, it was that of an adolescent schoolyard bully threatening to beat up any challenger.
Of course, it is worse because Trump has an arsenal of several thousand nuclear weapons at his fingertips. Even so, it was stunning to hear Trump threaten “to totally destroy” North Korea if Kim Jong-un refused to cease his nuclear ambitions.
Kim Jong-un brands Trump a ‘mentally deranged dotard’ in rare direct response to UN speech
It is past time for other world leaders to come together and show global leadership to challenge Trump on issues including climate change and environmental degradation, growing gaps between rich and poor across the world, persecution of minorities for their race or religion and the dangerous rise of nationalism – none of which Trump mentioned – as well as the threats of nuclear North Korea, mass migration and terrorism.
via Donald Trump’s bullying UN speech shows he is not the leader the world needs | South China Morning Post
New Ontario law allows less pay for overtime | ThePeterboroughExaminer.com
But Pam Frache, co-ordinator of the Ontario Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign, said the new law gives “the green light to employers to demand that workers work more but get paid less.”
For example, an employee who works 30 hours in weeks one and two and 60 hours in weeks three and four would normally be entitled to 32 hours of overtime pay that month. With the month-long averaging agreements that Bill 66 allows, they would get just four hours of overtime pay.
Frache said the new measures will encourage employers to assign erratic schedules to workers in order to minimize overtime payments.
“It can really introduce precarity and uncertainty and fluctuating hours,” she said.
Previously, employers required permission from the Ministry of Labour to use an averaging agreement.
“Requiring Ministry of Labour approval of overtime-averaging agreements is an essential safeguard for employees’ basic overtime protections and ensuring there are bona fide reasons for overtime averaging,” said Joshua Mandryk, a lawyer with Toronto-based labour law firm Goldblatt Partners.
via New Ontario law allows less pay for overtime | ThePeterboroughExaminer.com
Lobbyists Are Feasting in Trump’s Swamp | The New Republic
The Trump administration does, however, seem “particularly comfortable stacking high-level posts with former lobbyists whose policy proposals are like a corporate Christmas list,” said Peterson. As ProPublica revealed in March, “At least 187 Trump political appointees have been federal lobbyists, and despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to ‘drain the swamp,’ many are now overseeing the industries they once lobbied on behalf of.”
Source: Lobbyists Are Feasting in Trump’s Swamp | The New Republic
Climate Change: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide | NOAA Climate.gov
In fact, the last time the atmospheric CO2 amounts were this high was more than 3 million years ago, when temperature was 2°–3°C (3.6°–5.4°F) higher than during the pre-industrial era, and sea level was 15–25 meters (50–80 feet) higher than today.
Carbon dioxide concentrations are rising mostly because of the fossil fuels that people are burning for energy. Fossil fuels like coal and oil contain carbon that plants pulled out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis over the span of many millions of years; we are returning that carbon to the atmosphere in just a few hundred years.
via Climate Change: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide | NOAA Climate.gov
‘Donald is on our side!’ Russian firm invokes Trump to sell asbestos
The Factory ” Uralasbest ” released an unusual batch of chrysotile: on the package of palletov with the mineral, the stamp ” approved by Donald Trump, the 45th President of the united states “. in such an unusual way, the workers of the asbestoobogatitelʹnoj factory of the factory thanked us President Donald .
He supported the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, who stated that his office would no longer deal with the negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos. Donald Trump supported a specialist and called asbestos “100 percent safe after application”.
” we have come out with the initiative – to support our hrizotilovuû industry in this way and to remind that our ” Mountain Len ” is an important mineral for the world. Management Approved!”,-told at the factory.
via ‘Donald is on our side!’ Russian firm invokes Trump to sell asbestos
Russian Asbestos Company Makes Trump Its Poster Boy
The image was surrounded by a seal reading “APPROVED BY DONALD TRUMP, 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,” according to a translation by ADAO and EWG.
“Donald is on our side!” the post accompanying the image began.
Uralasbest also praised the decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under recently-resigned head Scott Pruitt, to limit risk assessments of asbestos and nine other chemicals mandated by a 2016 amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
“He supported the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who stated that his agency would no longer deal with negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos. Donald Trump supported a specialist and called asbestos ‘100% safe after application,'” the post read, according to the translation by EWG and ADAO.
The post comes little over six months after Brazil, previ
Trump and the Auto Workers
Trump’s intention, announced Wednesday, to take a fresh look at federal regulations covering the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks was widely viewed as a move against Obama-era environmental measures. Trump views the regulations as an impediment to economic growth.
California, the largest economy in the United States, said it would join a legal challenge to fight proposed changes to the regulations.
via Canadian auto workers union takes aim at Trump on fuel standards: ‘I can’t figure out where his head is at’ | Financial Post
Building a Stream Protection
Sourced from:OFFICE of SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT U.S. Department of the Interior
“The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has finalized the Stream Protection Rule to improve the balance between environmental protection and providing for the Nation’s need for coal as a source of energy. The final rule better protects streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provides mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment.”
Sourced from the White House:
“LETTING COAL COUNTRY WORK AGAIN: Today, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation (House Joint Resolution 38) to stop the costly “Stream Protection Rule” from further harming coal workers and the communities that depend on them.”