Cuba and the United States will work together to protect marine life. -

One result of the rapprochement between the two countries will be an exchange of conservation information. The U.S. and Cuban governments announced yesterday that they will map marine life in the protected waters of the Florida Straits and Gulf of Mexico and put together an inventory of shared species. New York Times

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Frogs are headed toward mass oblivion. -

A new study analyzed recent reptile and amphibian extinctions and found that their rate is 10,000 times higher than other animals. Some 200 frog species have disappeared since the 1970s, and hundreds more are in danger of following suit. Worse, scientists don't know exactly what's driving the deaths. Washington Post

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BP agrees to pay $20 billion for Deepwater Horizon spill. -

In the federal government's "largest settlement with a single entity in American history," the oil and gas giant will pay massive fees to five Gulf states and pony up penalties for natural resources damages, Clean Water Act violations, and restoration work. NPR

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Germany is giving India $2.25 billion for clean energy projects. -

India is the world's third-largest carbon polluter, but ahead of the Paris climate conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to ramp up the country's renewable energy. And now Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the country that generates more solar power than anywhere else, is chipping in to help India meet its goal. Business Standard

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I just couldn’t believe we were paying to poison our kids.

Lee-Anne Walters, a mother from Flint, Michigan, discusses how high lead levels in the community's drinking water have dosed children with the dangerous neurotoxin. The city's residents pay some of the highest water rates in the country.

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Guadalupe fur seals are stranding themselves at an alarming rate. -

Some 80 emaciated fur seals have been found along the California coast so far this year—that's eight times the typical number. Researchers say high ocean temps are to blame for driving prey away, and El Niño could warm waters even more over the coming months. Christian Science Monitor

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India announces its climate change plan. -

The world's third-largest emitter is pledging to get 40 percent of its electricity from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030 and cut emissions intensity (or the amount of carbon emitted per unit of GDP) by up to 35 percent. India is the last major economy to submit its targets to the United Nations ahead of the Paris climate conference. The Guardian

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Mining and oil exploration threaten one-third of natural World Heritage sites. -

A new report finds that extractive industries are imperiling as many as 70 of the 229 sites—designated by UNESCO as having significant geology, important habitat, or exceptional natural beauty. Reuters

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Disappointing is too mild a term…The big polluters won this time, for the most part.

Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on smog. The rule sets the weakest standard in the range recommended by the agency's scientists, suggesting industry influence.

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The EPA announces new water pollution rules for power plants. -

The agency is placing restrictions on the release of a host of nasty chemicals—like mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium—into waterways. When implemented, the new standards could cut the discharge of toxic pollutants by an estimated 1.4 billion pounds every year. The Hill

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A Sumatran city orders the evacuation of babies, thanks to air pollution. -

Infants younger than six months old and the mothers have been told to leave the city of PekanbaruForest fires continue to devastate Indonesia, sending choking smog across the nation (and Malaysia and Singapore, too). Pollution levels over 300 are dangerous; the province of Riau's readings have been more than 1,000 for a week. CNN

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