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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.


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This is what it looks like when a Texas oil boom busts

A year ago, the Permian Basin region was one of America’s hottest labor markets, fueled by a fracking gold rush. Today, the oil field has all but shut down, and everyone is feeling the pain, from restaurant owners to landlords to barbers.

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PFAS testing planned for 1,300 adults, children in Bucks, Montgomery Counties (PA)

The national study presents the opportunity for more Horsham, Warrington, and Warminster residents to get their blood tested, after many had already taken part in an earlier pilot study. That 2018 study showed residents tested had elevated levels of PFAS in their blood compared to average Americans.
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Global temperatures could exceed crucial 1.5 C target in the next five years

There is an increasing chance that annual global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, new climate predictions from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) say.
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In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of ‘megadrought’

Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs.
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Chicago air is dirtier in July than smog-choked Los Angeles. More bad air is forecast.

After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak of high-pollution days in more than a decade.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

In early March, the Washington state legislature passed a community solar incentives bill meant to help meet renewable energy goals and increase low-income communities' access to solar technology.

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From our Newsroom

Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

A fracking giant's fall

Chesapeake Energy was a fracking pioneer on a meteoric rise. Last week, it fell to Earth.

Our annual summer reading list, 2020 edition

EHN staff shares their top book recommendations for the summer.

Coronavirus is creating a crisis of energy insecurity

Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unpaid bills and energy shutoffs in many vulnerable US households. Indiana University researchers warn we need to act now to avoid yet another health emergency.

Ode to Jersey

From shark attacks to the "syringe tide"—a brief look at the highs and lows of New Jersey's environmental past.

The fallacy of “back to normal” thinking: Anne and Paul Ehrlich

The unscientific re-opening of the US is a blatant attempt to bolster the stock market in the short run rather than protect the long-term health of both our citizenry and economy.

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