The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public input on what environmental rules should be changed or scrapped. Yes, you read that correctly … the EPA is asking the public to weigh in on how the agency could roll back climate and clean air policies, public health safeguards, the Clean Power Plan,…

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President Trump issued an Executive Order on Tuesday that sets the stage to reverse the progress our country has made in addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuels, the main ingredient of human-caused climate change.  The AMC has been working to address climate change through federal and regional policies for decades, and we view…

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With his nomination of Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, President-elect Trump has confirmed some of our worst fears. The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment—work that is critical to hiker health and to the mountains, rivers, and forests central to AMC’s mission.  Scott Pruitt’s track record as a…

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There may be lots of changes coming our way when it comes to national clean air and climate policies. On the campaign trail president-elect Trump indicated he will take the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement and even repeal the Clean Power Plan that is slated to reduce our nation’s power plant greenhouse gas…

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There is no doubt the air is getting cleaner in the Appalachian Mountains.  This progress was highlighted by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on a visit to Shenandoah National Park earlier this fall.  The good news is that over the last few decades, from the Smokies to the…

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A picture is worth a thousand words…and so much more! In fact, every little pixel has a story to tell and AMC’s Research Department is now using a tool developed by the PhenoCam group to extract information on red, blue, and green colors from photos.  Because the ratio of these colors change seasonally we will…

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President Obama’s Legacy Opportunity to Protect Wilderness and National Parks Today the Obama Administration announced updates to the Regional Haze Rule, a Clean Air Act program with the goal of restoring our national parks, refuges, and forests to natural visibility conditions. “We are eager to work with the Obama Administration to update the Regional Haze…

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EPA’s limited improvements to national air quality standards missed an important opportunity to fully protect recreationists from ozone air pollution WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final ozone rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today is a modest step forward, but it falls short in protecting those most at risk from ozone-laden smog pollution, according…

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