EPA Chief Pruitt Admits to Breaking Law in Senate Hearing, Democrats Say

Scandal-ridden Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) Administrator Scott Pruitt faced his third congressional hearing in less than a month Wednesday, admitting to an act that Democrats say broke federal law, The New York Times reported . In the hearing, which was supposed to be a routine budget hearing conducted by the

Rock Climbers and Supporters ‘Climb the Hill’ for Public Lands

U.S. rock climbers and their non-profit and corporate allies are setting themselves a difficult challenge this week—persuading Congress to act to protect public lands. Thursday marks the second day of the third annual Climb the Hill event in Washington, DC, organized by leading climbing-advocacy nonprofits American Alpine Club (AAC) and Access Fund to give climbers a chance to speak

More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

In a historic move, more than 40 UK companies have signed up to fight plastic pollution as part of the UK Plastics Pact , The Independent reported Wednesday. The pact, which officially launches today, is a groundbreaking alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and governments working to transform packaging in the UK by 2025. “We need to move away from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment,” the pact website reads. Specifically, the pact sets out four targets to meet by that date: Ensure that 100 percent of packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Eliminate “unnecessary or problematic”

One of World’s Most Endangered Wolf Species Could Go Extinct in 8 Years

A Species Status Assessment (SSA) released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday revealed that there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the wild, and that they could go extinct within eight years. The SSA was released along with a Five-Year Status Review , which the FWS undertakes for every species offered protections under