Daily Dose: Environmentalists, it’s okay if you start crying now; A little baseball news for Opening Day

The Environmental Protection Agency, as it is known today, is being destroyed from within. It is coming from the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), which advises officials on air-quality standards. Per Nature, “The head of CASAC, Tony Cox, is a statistician who has long questioned the evidence linking fine particulate pollution to premature deaths, and the draft letter reflects his scepticism.” The Committee appears bent on disproving decades of research that indicates high air pollution can result in fatalities. https://go.nature.com/2WqiCuw

A third federal judge has shot down a challenge to former EPA chief, Scott Pruitt’s decision that generally barred EPA grant recipients from serving on the agency’s advisory committees. This makes the controversial decision likely to stand at least until the end of President Trump’s first term. http://bit.ly/2Wv7H2J

New research on tools discovered in Nepal by researchers with Beijing’s Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology indicates that they are much older than originally thought. Using a technique called optically stimulated luminescence, the team calculated the age of the tools at between 30,000 and 40,000 years old. Humans were believed to have reached high and challenging environments much later. http://bit.ly/2HIRhAw

An article in the New York Times describes how an increasing reliability on technology and science by Major League Baseball teams has allowed a record number of players to make appearances in the big leagues. Per the New York Times, “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, a record 1,379 players appeared in a major league game last season, the sixth year in a row with an increase.” https://nyti.ms/2HKfAhx

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