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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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The threat of ocean acidification

This film explores the alarming effects of ocean acidification, drawing on the expertise of scientists and the first-hand experiences of a Native Alaskan community. The film also looks at what can be done to lessen the problem.

Too poor to migrate? Climate change weakens economic growth, migration in Global South

Can climate change increase and hamper international migration at the same time? Yes, according to a new study from Germany.

Gas industry hires Democrats to win support of liberal voters

The group funded by gas-fired utilities, dubbed Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future, has been hiring Democratic politicians to convince liberal voters that they should not embrace gas bans as a way to fight climate change.

4 innovative ways airports are working to reduce aviation emissions

Airports are cities in their own right—focal points for employment, growth, and supply chains, making them ideally placed to reduce a range of the aviation industry’s emissions.

How France became the unlikely home of the insect-farming industry

France is known for its love of meat. Could the growing insect industry help to reduce agricultural carbon emissions?

Palm oil is actually not that bad for the environment (anymore)

Palm oil once destroyed orangutan-filled rainforests in Southeast Asia. Now, the industry is cleaning up its act.
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Will California’s new oil and gas laws protect people from toxic pollution?

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