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US President Donald Trump speaks at a military briefing during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. - President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq on his first visit to US troops deployed in a war zone since his election two years ago (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's EPA took another swipe at Barack Obama-era environmental protections on Friday when the agency issued a proposal to lift limits on mercury pollution from coal plants.

President Barack Obama's environmental policies have been a favorite target of Trump and his scandal-ridden EPA, even as scientists are ringing the alarm bells over the immediate dangers emerging from a warming planet and an ecosystem struggling to adapt to human activity.

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