The Fight Over the 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule: What You Need to Know

Men's Journal—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rollback the "Waters of the U.S." rule, or WOTUS. Finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, the rule tackled a longstanding ambiguity in the original Clean Water Act — where state, local, or private oversight of a wetland or small waterway ends, and federal jurisdiction begins.

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Donald Trump Reverses Offshore Drilling Ban, Orders “Bow to Stern” Review of Regulations

Men's Journal – On Friday President Trump signed an executive order mandating a review of the latest five-year plan for offshore natural gas and oil leasing, which the Obama administration finalized in November, as well as all regulations related to leasing energy development, including wind, in federal waters. The order also reverses President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off northern Alaska.

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Coal, Public Lands, and Mining in America: A Cheat Sheet

Men's Journal – On March 29 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order to end the Obama administration’s 2016 moratorium on new leases to mine coal on federal lands. The order also killed an ongoing analysis of the program’s impacts on the environment, particularly how the carbon dioxide created by burning that coal would hinder U.S. efforts to blunt the worst impacts of climate change.

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President Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change and Energy: What You Need to Know

Men's Journal – President Donald Trump has begun to make good on his vow to dismantle President Obama’s climate and energy policies. On Tuesday, March 28, Trump signed a sweeping executive order that unmakes Obama administration efforts to slash emissions from coal-fired power — the greatest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas pollution — and prepare communities for the effects of global warming. Here's a breakdown of what it means for the country's energy and climate policy.

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That’s a Wrap for One Weird Arctic Winter

Arctic Deeply – Strangely warm temperatures are sending the Arctic Ocean's sea ice on a downward spiral that could have far-reaching implications for the region's people and wildlife. The strange winter of 2016-17 has closed with air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean still several degrees above freezing, and sea ice poised to set a record low not seen over nearly four decades of satellite tracking.

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