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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.


EPA administrator comes home to deliver important announcement

With Warren County as his backdrop, the N.C. native introduced the new Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights Office.
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Nonprofits pay Texas farmers to not water crops during drought

As Texas continues to battle drought, groups are trying a market-based solution to help farmers and protect what little water is left.

Trump tried to open Alaska lands to resource development — what will Biden do?

The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on whether it should open about 28 million acres to oil, gas and mineral extraction.
West Virginia lawmakers bypassed PSC on green energy

To land Berkshire Hathaway solar plant, WV bypassed the PSC

West Virginia lawmakers went around their own utility regulators, in an effort to make a deal for a green power plant in Jackson County.
beef’s carbon footprint
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Reducing beef’s carbon footprint is key to achieving net-zero in Latin America and the Caribbean, new paper shows

Agriculture and related land-use changes are responsible for almost half of greenhouse gas emissions in the region, and ambitious changes to the food system are necessary to achieve these net-zero goals.

In the Amazon, Bolsonaro’s far right may retain power even if Lula wins

While polls show former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ahead in the upcoming elections, far-right ideology persists in the Amazon region.

Electric air taxis
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Are electric air taxis ready for takeoff? Maybe sooner than you think

Electric air taxis are getting more attention as cutting emissions becomes a global priority. And the aviation industry says they could be ready for takeoff sooner than you think.
From our Newsroom
Failure of the universities: The culture gap is now near lethal

Universities are failing us

Our educational systems are failing to prepare people for existential environmental threats

Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania

The Titans of Plastic

Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction.

Ruth Greenspan Bell: Wealth and the climate dilemma

Ruth Greenspan Bell: Wealth and the climate dilemma

Developing countries that increase their fossil fuel production are at a crossroads: securing their own long-term well-being or earning revenue to finance programs to support immediate economic growth.

Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

Curbing pollution for families in Chicago calms the climatic conditions that drive fish away from puffins half a continent away.

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Good news: A good year for puffins and terns, despite climate change

A visit to a remote Maine island finds puffins and terns rebounding despite climate change

Optimism in the climate change fight

Optimism in the climate change fight

So much is happening so quickly. With the climate bill now law, here's what you need to know.

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