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Green Space: Environmental news roundup

Editor’s Note: Also written by Blair Henderson and Amelia Diehl.

Global: According to U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global temperatures were at a record high for the third straight year in 2016. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Chicago have released a study which shows that by the end of the century these record high temperatures may cut the wheat harvest by 20 percent, the soybean yield by almost 40 percent, and the corn yield by almost 50 percent. This means that world market crop prices will likely increase and exacerbate issues surrounding food security.

NATIONAL: Washington, D.C. — Under new president Donald Trump, the White House’s website has deleted its page dedicated to climate change. Instead, the website has opted to post Trump’s pledge to “Revitalize the coal industry”. A new page, called “America’s First Energy Plan” makes no reference to global warming, instead describing Trump’s commitment to getting rid of policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. Rule.

LOCAL: A Chippewa tribe in northern Wisconsin is demanding that a section of the Line 5 pipeline be removed from their roughly 200-square-mile reservation. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s tribal council approved a resolution last week that refuses to renew easements for 11 parcels of land after the pipeline has operated for 64 years. The 645-mile pipeline, owned by Canadian energy company Enbridge, carries up to 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas from Canada to eastern Michigan. While the pipeline has not spilled on their reservation, the tribe is worried about old infrastructure rupturing, threatening land and water that the tribe relies on for hunting, fishing and gathering wild rice.

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