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The loneliest polar bear.

Read about the struggles of Nora, the beloved polar bear, and the impact humans are having on polar bears in the Arctic. Portland Oregonian, Oregon

Native American secrets lie buried in huge shell mounds.

Archaeologists in Maine are working to unearth artifacts buried for centuries in shell middens. But sea levels are rising, eroding the ancient sites. New York Times

Tar sands pipeline described as ‘a quiet Keystone XL’ gets Trump approval.

Enbridge's Line 67, the Alberta Clipper, can pump nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands oil across the Canadian border every day. InsideClimate News

Perry pursuing policy on coal, nuclear power at odds with Texas record.

As multiple Texas coal plants wind down operations, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is pushing a widely decried proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants in the name of grid resiliency. Texas Tribune, Texas

Why does green California pump the dirtiest oil in the US?

California may be a leader in climate policies, but much of its abundant oil reserves are nearly as carbon-intensive to extract and refine as Alberta tar sands crude. Many experts now say that reform of the state’s methods of producing oil is long overdue. Yale Environment 360

EPA scrubs climate change website of 'climate change.'

A new analysis made public on Friday found that an E.P.A. website has been scrubbed of scores of links to materials to help local officials prepare for a world of rising temperatures and more severe storms. New York Times

Portuguese kids hit climate lawsuit crowdfunding milestone.

Following the second bout of deadly forest fires this year, seven children are preparing to sue for stronger climate action through the European Court of Human Rights. Climate Home

Vikings razed the forests. Can Iceland regrow them?

The country lost most of its trees long ago. Despite years of replanting, it isn’t making much progress. New York Times

California Dept of Insurance estimates wildfires losses at $1.05 billion.

The California Department of Insurance said on Thursday its preliminary estimate for insured wildfire losses was $1.05 billion, based on claims received by the state’s eight largest insurers, adding that the numbers are expected to rise. Reuters

Renewables to flatline under Turnbull government's energy policy.

Critics say it will make it harder for Australia to meet its climate goals and dent jobs in the industry. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

How the wildfires are hurting California's wine industry.

As the blazes continue, they pose risks to businesses that account for the majority of Napa County’s economic output and employ almost half its workers. The Atlantic

Puerto Ricans ask: When will the lights come back on?

A month after Hurricane Maria knocked out power, 80 percent of Puerto Rico remains without electricity. And progress is slow. New York Times

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation.

Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. Midwest Energy News, United States

Dolphin diets show how climate change could alter food chains off the California coast.

Scientists studying dolphins dining off the California coastline have found that the marine food web is starting to look a little threadbare. Los Angeles Times

New talks on Paris climate pact are set, and that's awkward for US.

International delegates will gather next month to discuss implementing the Paris agreement, and American negotiators will be there even though the United States has said it will quit the pact. New York Times

Democrats fail to block Arctic reserve oil drilling.

U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Reuters

Is climate change Hollywood's new supervillain?

Eco-thriller Geostorm, with Gerard Butler as a weather-busting scientist, is the latest movie to battle the environment. The Guardian

Dutch will miss 2020 green energy, climate targets: Report.

The Netherlands will miss 2020 targets for renewable energy production and greenhouse gas emissions despite new investments in wind power, according to a government review published on Thursday. Reuters

Earth is having its second-warmest year to date, and it's not over yet.

The hot streak continues. Mashable

EU agrees measure to safeguard carbon market from Brexit.

EU lawmakers and member states have agreed ways to safeguard the carbon market if Britain leaves the emissions trading scheme as a result of Brexit. Reuters

In Puerto Rico, the blackout never ends.

Life fundamentally changed when everyone living in Puerto Rico lost electricity after Hurricane Maria swept across the island. Here are some of their stories. E&E Daily

War over Ohio clean energy standards heats up - again.

The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State's clean energy standards. ClimateWire

South Africa commits to shale gas despite adverse court ruling.

South Africa’s mineral resources minister said on Thursday the government remains committed to shale gas exploration despite a court order revoking fracking regulations that pushes back plans to award the first exploration licenses by 2019. Reuters

Texas homeowners affected by Harvey are about to see their property values drop.

Some — but not all — southeast Texans could see property tax breaks after the hurricane damaged their homes. The inequity has reignited intra-GOP tensions from earlier this year over disaster-related property tax re-assessments. Texas Tribune, Texas

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday aimed at protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling. Washington Post

China's Chongqing Changan to stop selling combustion-engine cars from 2025.

China’s Chongqing Changan Automobile on Thursday said it would stop selling combustion-engine cars, starting 2025, and invest more than 100 billion yuan ($15.10 billion) by that time to advance its “new energy strategy”. Reuters

Bipartisan senate bill would authorize $100 million to help prevent Western wildfires.

As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. Associated Press

US House members ask EPA not to lower biofuels requirements.

A group of 22 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter on Thursday not to lower some requirements for mixing biofuels into the country’s fuel supply, but also not to let ethanol exports qualify for renewable fuel credits. Reuters

Labor says it will reach 50% renewable energy regardless of PM's guarantee.

The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, says if state governments don’t veto the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee, and if the policy passes into law, Labor will ramp up the level of emissions reduction in the event it wins the next federal election. The Guardian

Tony Abbott needs to go back to Bible class if he quotes it on climate change.

From refugees to environment, the Judeo-Christian warrior doesn’t grasp what he is supposed to have studied. The Guardian

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