Answering Questions About Accessibility Regulations and Access to Climate Action Plans

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In this guest post, Stephanie Rosen, the Accessibility Specialist for the University of Michigan Library, shares her thoughts on the recent removal of 92 documents from the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks Program and responds to the rationale offered by NPS that this was done solely to ensure they meet accessibility requirements.   Stylized […]

New report on January 10: Climate Change Web Content Under Trump

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On January 10, 2018 the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) will release Changing the Digital Climate: How Climate Change Web Content is Being Censored Under the Trump Administration, the third installment of EDGI’s series of reports evaluating the environmental impacts of the first year of the Trump administration. Changing the Digital Climate draws on […]

Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed from Site Without Advance Explanation

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By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Gretchen Gehrke, Andrew Bergman, and Justin Schell Updated 12:00 pm ET December 22, 2017, following a statement from the NPS Public Affairs office 92 documents describing national parks climate action plans have been removed from the Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program website. The CFP Program, which […]

EPA’s Website Overhaul Continues: Climate Resources Left Out of the Update to the “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” Website

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By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Andrew Bergman, and Eric Nost   In the first example of returned content since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began overhauling its climate change website on April 28, a new website providing content about energy policy for state, local and tribal governments has replaced a previous […]

Removing Clean Power Plan Web Resources Undermines Public Engagement

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By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee Originally posted on the UCS Equation   On Monday, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced his long awaited formal proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the defining regulation in President Barack Obama’s battle against climate change. Talk of the […]

Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access

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By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee (Cross-posted on Sunlight Foundation)   As has been true for decades, the ways public data are stored and presented on federal government websites can sometimes be tricky for the public to understand, access, use, and re-use. As federal websites have been changing under […]

EDGI Highlights Environmental Justice Implications in Part 2 of the First 100 Days and Counting

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The first six months of the Trump Administration have reversed decades of progress toward environmental justice. The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its series of reports on the Trump administration’s impacts on environmental policy and data governance, this time focusing on Environmental Justice, the right for all communities to human and environmental health. […]

Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017

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EDGI is grateful to have participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for the first time in 2017. Our mentoring team of six volunteer EDGI members worked with two students, Harsh Baid and Janak Raj Chadha, who successfully completed projects for our Archiving and Web Monitoring areas. Their dedication and work led them to make […]

Towards an Environmental Data Justice Statement: Initial Thoughts

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On August 28 at Northeastern University in Boston, EDGI convened an interdisciplinary group of Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars, civic tech practitioners, and community science organizers who work on either environmental or data politics to begin collectively imagining Environmental Data Justice (EDJ) as a framework for engaged STS. We came together to create a […]