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Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands: 'Biggest loss of clean water protection the country has ever seen'

The Trump administration is set to continue its corporate friendly assault on U.S. environmental regulations Thursday by finalizing a rule that will allow companies, landowners, and property developers—including golf course owners like the president—to dump pesticides and other pollutants directly into many of the nation's streams and wetlands, potentially threatening the drinking water of millions of Americans.

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Study confirms fear that intense ocean acidification portends ecological catastrophe: 'We have been warned'

The acidification of the Earth's oceans, which climate scientists warn is a dangerous effect of continued carbon emissions, was behind a mass extinction event 66 million years ago, according to a new study.

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Trump rollback of key EPA water protection rule denounced as a 'callous' and 'immoral' giveaway to big polluters

Environmental and public health advocates blasted the Trump administration Thursday for finalizing its rollback of an Obama-era regulation designed to curb the pollution of waterways nationwide.

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Flint’s water gets worse -- after 2 million gallons of sewage dumped into river

In April, Flint, Michigan, officials warned that proposed budget cuts to infrastructure improvements on the city’s wastewater management were a bad idea. “We’re going to get to a point where we can’t treat our wastewater and sewage anymore,” Director of Public Works Rob Bincsik told MLive. City officials have been stuck between a rock and a hard place as there is only so much money allowed in their budget for everything that needs fixing in Flint. Officials were looking into a $34 million loan that would allow them to fund the needed fixes.

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Mounting water crisis in Newark draws disturbing comparisons to Flint

While officials from New Jersey and the Trump administration met in Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss lead-contaminated drinking water in Newark, the advocacy group Food & Water Watch pointed to the emerging crisis as an example for why the federal government needs to prioritize water justice on a national scale.

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New analysis reveals the 'biggest crisis no one is talking about' is on track to get worse

An analysis released Tuesday warns that 17 countries which are collectively home to a quarter of the global population face "extremely high water stress" that is on track to get worse—particularly because of the human-caused climate emergency.

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'A distorted reading of the science': The EPA wants minimal limits on poison in drinking water

The Trump EPA calculated recommended limits of a dangerous chemical sometimes found in drinking water that can harm babies’ brain development that were more than 9 times higher than those imposed by a few states by fudging a key number in the calculation.

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Prosecutors throw out charges in Flint water crisis cases in perplexing and disturbing move

In a move that elicited fresh concerns and demands for justice, the Michigan prosecution team investigating the Flint water crisis announced Thursday that it was dismissing all pending criminal charges against eight former and current officials and launching a new probe, citing concerns with the initial one.

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EPA wants to let frackers dump chemical-laden water into rivers and streams

Trump’s EPA is trying to take our nation back to the 1920s when polluted water from drilling oil was dumped on more than 2,000 acres in west Texas, creating the Texon scar, contaminated land so barren almost a century later that it can be identified from space.

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New search warrants in Flint Water Crisis probe raise serious and urgent demands for 'accountability and justice'

Activists reiterated demands for "accountability and justice" for the people of Flint, Michigan following reports Monday that the authorities investigating the city's water crisis executed search warrants for the state-owned cell phones of former Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current and former officials.

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