An iconic Alaska tree that is dying off from rising forest temperatures and diminished winter snowpack was deemed ineligible by US wildlife officials for special protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
The US government unveiled a plan to roll back clean water rules protecting the nation's waterways and wetlands, fulfilling a pledge from President Donald Trump to farmers and supporters who view environmental regulations as too strict.
One after another, landmark US protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks.
Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist who is now acting administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, was a ‘driving force’ behind the agenda of Sen. James Inhofe, who called climate change a ‘hoax’, according to people familiar with Wheeler's work for the senator.
Chief Justice John Roberts unveiled a plan Sunday to help shield US court employees from sexual harassment, acknowledging the judicial branch is "not immune" after a powerful appellate judge retired over misconduct allegations.
Deeply concerned about the abuse of children in war zones, the United Nation Security Council — in a debate in New York which included Secretary-General António Guterres and his special envoy on the issue — urged countries and non-State actors to allow children access to education and healthcare during and post-conflicts.
US wildlife officials have decided against setting aside protected habitat for the cave dwellings of an imperiled species of bats, saying that doing so might draw the attention of vandals who would do harm to the lairs of the winged mammals.