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MANATEE DEATHS ON PACE TO SET ANOTHER RECORD | THUMB DOWN

by | March 15, 2018
From: TC Palm “While advocates such as the nonprofit government watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility worry the figures prove manatees need more protection, others suggest the death totals are only higher because the number of manatees is on the rise.”> ...

LAKE’S ONLY PAIR OF MANATEES SURVIVE WINTER AS MANATEES DIE AT RECORD PACE

by | March 15, 2018
From: Orlando Sentinel “The trademark Florida species is designated as endangered by the federal government. Jeff Ruch, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility executive director, has said he fears for the manatees’ future.”>Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

EXTREME WINTER WEATHER BECOMING MORE COMMON AS ARCTIC WARMS, STUDY FINDS

by | March 13, 2018
From: The Guardian “A sharp increase in temperatures across the Arctic since the early 1990s has coincided with an uptick in abnormally cold snaps in winter, particularly in the eastern US, according to new research that analyzed temperature data from 1950 onwards.”>Read more ...

ARE THE LEADERS OF THE NPS, FWS, AND BLM ILLEGITIMATE?

by | March 13, 2018
From: Outside “Per the complaint, the three acting directors were appointed in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, meaning every action taken by these men, PEER executive director Jeff Ruch writes, “is incurably void and invalid.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

ALARMING NUMBER OF MANATEES ARE DYING IN FLORIDA THIS YEAR

by | March 13, 2018
From: Herald Tribune ““Florida’s manatees are one big freeze away from an ecological disaster and need more, not less, protection,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement. “Manatees may join polar bears as one of the first iconic victims of extinction in the wild ...

MORE MANATEES DIED FROM COLD STRESS THIS WINTER

by | March 13, 2018
From: Florida Today “More than 150 manatees died in just the first seven weeks of 2018, putting Florida on pace to set an annual record for manatee deaths, according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit government watchdog group.” Read more ...

2018 COULD BE BAD YEAR FOR MANATEES, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY SAYS

by | March 13, 2018
From: WPTV “According to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, 166 manatees have died so far this year. Cold weather is to blame for 51.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

IS FLORIDA ON TRACK FOR A RECORD YEAR OF MANATEE DEATHS?

by | March 13, 2018
From: ClickOrlando.com “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Ruch says Florida manatees are one big freeze away from an ecological disaster.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

THIS YEAR ON PACE TO SET ANNUAL RECORD FOR FLORIDA MANATEE DEATHS

by | March 12, 2018
From: Winknews “The first two months of 2018 has been catastrophic for Florida manatees, according to data collected by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

SOCIAL SECURITY IS NOW HEADLESS BECAUSE OF TRUMP’S INACTION. WILL OTHER AGENCIES BE DECAPITATED?

by | March 12, 2018
From: The Washington Post “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which filed a complaint about three of the Interior positions with the department’s inspector general, said Zinke is trying to get around the Vacancies Reform Act, “but it ...

MANATEE DEATHS SPIKED DUE TO COLD WEATHER

by | March 12, 2018
From: Fox4 “Manatee deaths could see a new record high this year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER says there have been 154 manatee deaths in seven weeks.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

COLD BLAMED AS FLORIDA MANATEES ARE DYING AT A RECORD PACE

by | March 12, 2018
From: Tampa Bay Times “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Ruch says Florida manatees are one big freeze away from an ecological disaster.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

BITTER FLORIDA COLD CONTRIBUTES TO 166 MANATEE DEATHS THIS YEAR, A RECORD PACE

by | March 12, 2018
From: KHOU “When water temperatures stay below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks at a time, manatees suffer cold-stress syndrome. That causes weight loss, fat loss, dehydration and other health problems that can kill them weeks later, PEER notes. Juvenile manatees are especially at risk. ...

THERE ARE STRICT RULES ABOUT WHAT SOME FEDERAL EMPLOYEES CAN SAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

by | March 12, 2018
From: Futurism “Ironically, the goals of the Hatch Act to remove partisanship from federal service and base personnel solely on merit, seem farther away even as the Act extends into cyberspace. The ability of federal employees to candidly discuss the people’s business has never been ...

FEDERAL WORKERS WARNING: ONLINE ACTIVITY POSES NEW DANGER TO YOUR JOBS

by | March 7, 2018
From: KUER ““The fact that we have a president who is sort of the Twitterer-in-Chief in a position to basically shut down social media competition is another one of the ironies here,” said Jeff Ruch, who works for the advocacy group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES COULD GET FIRED FOR LIKING THE WRONG TWEET

by | March 6, 2018
From: Motherboard ““Federal employees who get into Twitter spats with Donald Trump face career risks that the Tweeter-in-Chief does not” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

ZINKE SIGNED ORDER IN JANUARY MAKING ‘ACTING’ DIRECTORS OFFICIAL

by | March 5, 2018
From: The Hill “Signed under the radar, Zinke’s Jan. 12 order gave the acting directors for such bureaus as the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service “temporary re-delegation of authority,” according to the order obtained by watchdog group Public Employees for ...

‘WHERE IS EVERYBODY?’ SENATORS ASK OF MISSING TRUMP PICKS

by | March 5, 2018
From: Greenwire “Last month, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility asked Interior’s inspector general to probe the agency’s use of temporary or acting directors and whether it had violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, possibly making decisions invalid ( ...

EPA CHIEF’S CLEAN-WATER ROLLBACK SHAPED BY SECRECY, LUXURY TRAVEL AND HANDPICKED AUDIENCES

by | March 5, 2018
From: LA Times “The effort is aimed at removing federal Clean Water Act protection from millions of miles of streams and wetlands, including more than 80% of the waters in California and the arid West. The administration last month suspended for two years the new guidelines protecting ...

FEDS’ DISCOUNTED GRAZING FEES HURT TAXPAYERS, ENVIRONMENT, REPORT SAYS

by | March 1, 2018
From: The Daily Yonder ““While heavily subsidized grazing is not new to this administration, reducing low fees even further is a step in the wrong direction,” said Kirsten Stade, advocacy director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). “Keeping grazing ...
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