Evergreen Issues: Trump breaks trophy hunting promise, rising tides to bring chronic flooding and Barbie takes an historic twist

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. trump administration backtracks on promise to outlaw elephant trophies

Despite President Trump’s pledge last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has slowly started allowing more trophy hunting of African elephants, first reported by the Hill.

The president said last year that he would uphold a ban on importing parts of animals killed by big-game hunters.

According to a memo released by USFW, the agency will consider elephant trophy imports on a case-by-case basis, effective immediately.

Specifically, the new guidelines end a U.S. ban on the import of trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

You might remember, about four months ago, Trump stopped his administration from allowing hunters to import elephants killed in the two African countries. Trump called the practice a “horror show.”

2. rising tides, more flooding predicted in new report

A new report obtained by NPR shows that rising tides will continue to bring record flooding to coastal parts of the country.

During the bad storm this past weekend along the East Coast, some of the worst flooding happened during high tide. It’s something, that, according to research, NPR says could become more commonplace.

NPR talked to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer, William Sweet:

“The numbers are staggering. Today’s storm will be tomorrow’s high tide. A storm [such as we experienced] along the East Coast of the United States this weekend, that will be a high tide at some point in the future, whether that’s two or three decades or eight decades, we’ll see, but it’s coming.”

It’s already becoming a chronic issue in cities like Norfolk, Virginia. Click here to read more from NPR.

3. barbie borrows from the history books

Whether you’re a Barbie fan, or not, Mattel’s new series is pretty darn cool.

“Inspiring Women” is a line of Barbie dolls bearing the likeness of female trailblazers, like Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson.

The announcement comes just in time for International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.

Johnson, who was one of the women highlighted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures”, is 99 – she actually helped design her doll.

Mattel is also honoring 14 modern-day female heroines, from Olympic snowboarder, Chloe Kim, to conservationist, and daughter of the late Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin.