Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

EPA
Long-Delayed EPA Report Details Dire Nature of Climate Disaster
Long-Delayed EPA Report Details Dire Nature of Climate Disaster
Lisa Winter | May 13, 2021
The Climate Change Indicators site was not updated during Donald Trump’s presidency.
EPA Purges Trump Administration’s Science Advisors
EPA Purges Trump Administration’s Science Advisors
Lisa Winter | Apr 1, 2021
The agency says that to “reset” the advisory boards and bolster “scientific integrity,” more than 40 advisors appointed during former President Donald Trump’s tenure have been let go.
A Federal Judge Ditches EPA’s Science Transparency Rule
A Federal Judge Ditches EPA’s Science Transparency Rule
Asher Jones | Feb 8, 2021
The Trump-era regulation, which allowed certain studies to be downplayed in the development of environmental regulations, drew sharp criticism from scientists and environmental groups.
Science Advocates’ Wishlist for the Biden Administration
Science Advocates’ Wishlist for the Biden Administration
Amanda Heidt | Jan 7, 2021
From immigration reform to climate change amelioration, researchers and science policy advocates share their hopes for 2021 and beyond.
EPA Finalizes Much-Criticized “Transparency” Rule
EPA Finalizes Much-Criticized “Transparency” Rule
Shawna Williams | Jan 5, 2021
The regulation, which requires that the agency give preference to dose-response studies in which the underlying data are available, could downplay findings key to defining the dangers of pollution.
EPA Protections Relaxed During Coronavirus Pandemic
EPA Protections Relaxed During Coronavirus Pandemic
Amy Schleunes | Mar 27, 2020
Citing potential worker shortages and the effects of restricted travel and social distancing, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a “sweeping suspension” of environmental regulations that some say gives companies free rein to pollute.
Science Positions Increasingly Abandoned Under Trump
Science Positions Increasingly Abandoned Under Trump
Lisa Winter | Jan 24, 2020
In government agencies, 20 percent of high-level science appointments are vacant, The Washington Post reports.
EPA Science Board Criticizes Proposed Regulatory Rollbacks
EPA Science Board Criticizes Proposed Regulatory Rollbacks
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020
Most of the panel’s members were appointed by the Trump administration.
EPA Plans Modifications to Controversial Transparency Proposal
EPA Plans Modifications to Controversial Transparency Proposal
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2019
The changes would further restrict which scientific findings can be used in drafting regulations.
Trump Administration Overturns Clean Water Regulation
Trump Administration Overturns Clean Water Regulation
Emily Makowski | Sep 16, 2019
The repeal will return the US to water standards from 1986.
EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Neurological Issues
EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Neurological Issues
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 19, 2019
The agency argues that chlorpyrifos is one of few “cost-effective options” for controlling certain farm pests.
EPA Cancels Registrations for 12 Neonicotinoid Pesticides
EPA Cancels Registrations for 12 Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Chia-Yi Hou | May 31, 2019
The companies that market the products, Syngenta, Valent, and Bayer, are allowed to sell existing stock of the chemicals until 2020.
California Seeks to Ban Chlorpyrifos-Containing Pesticides
California Seeks to Ban Chlorpyrifos-Containing Pesticides
Jef Akst | May 9, 2019
The state’s Environmental Protection Agency says that evidence of the chemical’s link to neurological problems in children is overwhelming.
Pesticide Marketed as Safe for Bees Harms Them in Study
Pesticide Marketed as Safe for Bees Harms Them in Study
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 12, 2019
Flupyradifurone, sold as Sivanto, is reported to have greater lethal and sublethal effects on honey bees when combined with a common fungicide.
Government Shutdown Affects NSF, FDA, Other Science Agencies
Government Shutdown Affects NSF, FDA, Other Science Agencies
Catherine Offord | Dec 28, 2018
The ongoing stalemate over the federal budget has forced one-quarter of the US government to begin a second week of closure.
Trump Administration Asks to Roll Back Rules Against Water Pollution
Trump Administration Asks to Roll Back Rules Against Water Pollution
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 12, 2018
Environmental groups are concerned and plan litigation.
Trump to Nominate Andrew Wheeler for EPA Head
Trump to Nominate Andrew Wheeler for EPA Head
Shawna Williams | Nov 16, 2018
If confirmed, the acting administrator and former coal lobbyist will permanently replace former boss Scott Pruitt.
EPA Postpones Decision on Rule to Restrict Scientific Input
EPA Postpones Decision on Rule to Restrict Scientific Input
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2018
It will be more than a year before the agency institutes or rejects the controversial changes proposed by former EPA head Scott Pruitt.
EPA Plans to Discontinue a Senior Science Advisor Position
EPA Plans to Discontinue a Senior Science Advisor Position
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 28, 2018
This change is part of an overhaul taking placing within the research arm of the environmental agency.