EPA’s new method for determining how to evaluate the effects of pesticides on endangered species has been greeted with praise from the agricultural industry for offering a clear path forward for future evaluations, but sharp criticism from environmentalists for narrowing the universe of interagency reviews.
The Bureau of Land Management did not adequately consider the science behind management plans covering millions of acres of greater sage grouse habitat in Western states, a federal judge in Idaho ruled Wednesday, halting implementation of the plans.
The Interior and Commerce departments have announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that were cheered by farmers and ranchers but harshly criticized by environmentalists, who vowed to challenge them in court.
The United Nations report concluding that 1 million species are at risk of extinction included some familiar advice for agriculture: Adopt more sustainable practices, preserve genetic diversity in seeds and animals, and involve more sectors, including the public, in the food system.
President Donald Trump waded into the Western water wars Friday, giving a boost to embattled Republican congressmen with a presidential memorandum containing deadlines for federal regulators to finish evaluating the environmental impacts of major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest.
Far-reaching proposals designed to clarify regulations under the Endangered Species Act are getting solid support from industry and scathing criticism from environmental groups concerned that the changes would imperil at-risk wildlife.