The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.
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Lee County is one of 10 government entities participating in a federal drone pilot program, but will be the only one to deploy the technology for pest control.
“Donald Trump cannot stop us in states and governors in building a clean energy future,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said during the Center for American Progress 2018 Ideas Conference.
“Not only is tapping street and park trees illegal, but doing so causes damage, leaving trees susceptible to insects and diseases,” the city said in a newsletter.
“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
The goal is the most ambitious of any U.S. state.
Critics of the mandate warn home prices will escalate.
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"States joining California in this suit are part of a broader movement of states, cities, and businesses that are driving down emissions without any help from Washington.”
Most states already prohibit local efforts to restrict the chemicals.
“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
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The EPA wants to relax Obama-era emissions limits California has a waiver to enforce and automakers think are achievable.
For some organizations, investing in air filters might improve the productivity of indoor workers enough to pay for the devices and add to the bottom line.
Analysts expect expansion to continue in emerging markets Utah, Texas, South Carolina and Florida.
“If it’s not going to be done federally, we should do it at state level,” said Maryland Del. Dana Stein, a Democrat who has introduced a chlorpyrifos ban in her state. “This is the tactic. It’s the only available option.”
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air—even as the agency seeks to roll back regulations on pollution.
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