Evergreen Issues: Trump’s environmental adviser, American wildlife crime investigator killed and a chip for women

Every Tuesday we bring you issues that impact you as an outdoor loving woman. Whether it has to do with climate change or female empowerment, we scour the internet, including government bills, social media and local and national news, and deliver it to you – so you know.

1. president to pull controversial environmental ADVISER nomination

This weekend, President Trump announced plans to withdraw his nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as his top environmental adviser.

If her nomination had been approved, Harnett White would have served as the chair of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, put in place to keep the president abreast of the most current scientific research pertaining to environmental issues.

The pick had been heavily criticized since Harnett White underwent a heavy round of questioning with lawmakers last November during her confirmation hearing. She defended past comments that “that particulate pollution released by burning fuels is not harmful unless one were to suck on a car’s tailpipe.” Her status did not change, and Trump resubmitted her nomination in the beginning of January. The Washington Post first reported his change of heart Saturday, and the White House confirmed.

The environmental regulator and policy analyst from Texas is a climate change skeptic, who has said that carbon dioxide is a “necessary nutrient for plant life.”

2. american ivory trade investigator found stabbed to death

An American man who devoted decades to exposing the illegal ivory trade in parts of the world like Vietnam, Laos, African nations and the U.S., was found stabbed to death in house apartment in Nairobi.

The BBC reports that Esmond Martin, 75, had recently returned home from a trip to Burma, where he was gathering his latest set of findings. The Associated Press says police in Kenya have yet to make an arrest, but an initial investigation shows that Martin may have been the victim of a botched robbery.

Martin served as a U.N. special envoy for rhino conservation and published reports funded by Save the Elephants.

From the Washington Post:

“He often posed as a buyer, haggling with vendors to try to ascertain market prices for ivory, rhino horns and the things made from them. He watched as Chinese mine workers in Africa purchased ivory chopsticks and carvers in other countries fashioned ornate sculptures out of tusks. He documented illegal actions involving ivory that had slipped through borders. Martin took detailed photos of ivory shops and illegal carvings, meticulously tracking the trade that has decimated populations of elephants and rhinos.”

AP finds that 100 years ago, five million elephants roamed the plains and forests of Africa. Now, fewer than 400,000 remain. Rhinos are down to some 30,000 in the wild.

To get involved with Save the Elephants, click here.

3. lady chips. yep…

It’s not April yet, but in a move that plays straight out of a prank, Doritos has announced it will start marketing a chip, created specifically for women.

PepsiCo owns Doritos. In a podcast interview with Freakonomics, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said women “don’t like

to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor into their mouth.”

They say their new female-friendly chips will make less of a crunch noise, are smaller and, what do you know, the bag that contains them is made to fit into a handbag. Oh, and apparently they’re doing something about the powder sprinkled on the chip that’s “too messy” for a woman’s fingers. We’re being dead serious, guys…

Not surprisingly, the Internet has gone mad.