Livable Planet

Environment

Newly confirmed interior secretary suppressed information on pesticide risks, documents show

When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stepped down in January amid multiple ethics probes, his deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, filled in. Now, as the longtime oil and agribusiness lobbyist formally takes the reins at the Interior Department, criticism is mounting over alleged conflicts of interest and government documents indicate that Bernhardt interfered with a key US Fish and Wildlife Service report that detailed the risks pesticides can pose to endangered species.

Climate Change

The Green New Deal doesn't include carbon pricing. Some say that's a big mistake.

The Green New Deal resolution recently introduced by Democrats in Congress calls for the US to quickly decarbonize its economy, but does not mention carbon pricing, a strategy supported by many economists. In a recent editorial, The Washington Post laid out its case for putting a high price on carbon to encourage decarbonization rather than imposing government mandates.

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