Claim: Severe droughts could lead to widespread losses of butterflies by 2050

From the CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY & HYDROLOGY and the Edith’s Checkerspot Club comes this tale of possible bug disaster we’ve all heard before. Except, Nature often finds a way, and scientific claims of extinction sometimes end up being proven wrong by nature itself. — Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early…

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EPA causes a major environmental disaster, the question is: will it fine itself and fire those involved?

From the “if a citizen or company did this there would be hell to pay” department: Guest essay by Emily Zanotti (via Somewhat Reasonable) The Environmental Protection Agency often justifies its own existence by noting that corporations, who see profit as their goal rather than environmental protection, are ill-equipped (or at least, ill-prioritized) to care for…