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Commentary from EHN/Daily Climate's Peter Dykstra: Environmental advocates have a mixed record in court lately, and the victories smell worse than the setbacks.


Monsanto faces a whopping $289 million verdict in the case of a California man who said he was poisoned by glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicides. (Guardian)

Another collaboration between ProPublica and West Virginia's Gazette-Mail: What happened when West Virginia regulators killed a pipeline proposal.

A must-read collaboration between Undark Magazine and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: The unseen global toll of air pollution.

The Democratic National Committee appears poised to backtrack on its pledge to refrain from accepting fossil fuel donations. (HuffPost)

How much debris washed into Chesapeake Bay from the recent torrential rains? (Baltimore Sun)

Interesting perspective from NPR's ombudsman on including mention of climate change in wildfire stories.

Opinion Pieces and Editorials

From the NYT: Where there's fire, President Trump blows smoke.

From the Times of San Diego: EV's may be the Trump Administration's next target.


The Latest from Trumpville

From Outside Online: If you've only been following Scott Pruitt's antics. you've been missing the real damage in environmental rollbacks.

From Emily Atkin in The New Republic: Air pollution denial could become EPA policy.


Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

With storms to the east and wildfires to the west, the climate crisis is currently at the forefront of public consciousness.

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Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade

Fires in Brazil's Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade, data from space research agency Inpe has shown.

insideclimatenews.org

At one of America’s most toxic Superfund sites, climate change imperils more than cleanup

For many residents of Newark, its concentration of Superfund sites underscores two New Jerseys: one of tree-shaded suburbs where wealth and political leverage guard communities from outside corporate interests and rampant pollution, and the other, of lower-income and predominantly Black and brown residents who have endured decades of discriminatory housing policies only to find their communities squeezed by heavy industry and used as dumping grounds for hazardous waste.

therevelator.org

As glaciers melt, will deadly landslides increase?

A recent string of massive landslides in Alaska and around the world bears the fingerprint of climate change.
insideclimatenews.org

Net zero by 2050 has quickly become the new normal for the largest U.S. utilities

New plans from Ameren and Entergy show the trend to renewables is accelerating because coal just can’t compete. Some activists want it to go even faster.
Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash

NHS targets net zero emissions by 2040

Britain's National Health Service pledged on Thursday to become the world's first healthcare system to cut carbon emissions to net zero, hoping to achieve that by 2040 with measures from electric ambulances to energy-efficient hospitals.
www.nature.com

What a Joe Biden presidency would mean for five key science issues

The coronavirus pandemic, climate change and space exploration are among the issues that Biden will influence if he wins the upcoming US election.