California enacts new legislation to fight climate change. -

The state is aiming to get half its electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030 while doubling energy efficiency in homes, offices, and factories. Go for the gold, Golden State!  Los Angeles Times

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A global coral bleaching event is underway. -

Scientists say more than 4,500 square miles of reef—and the valuable services they provide—could be lost from the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Atlantic-Caribbean basin this year. Ocean warming from climate change, El Niño, and the warm "blob" in the Pacific are all causing the marine invertebrates to expel the algae they depend on for food. Washington Post

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Washington is making pesticides in pot easier to spot. -

The state does not require pesticide testing for marijuana, and some consumers worry about the effects of inhaling such residues. New rules will give growers and processors an "enhanced seal of approval" if they follow new standards for labeling, safe handling, employee training, and pesticide screening. Seattle Times

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A Maryland county bans pesticide use on private lawns. -

Montgomery County is the first major locality in the country to decide that weed-free grass just isn't worth the health risks associated with the chemicals (nearby waterways, too, will catch a break from toxic runoff). Farms and golf courses are exempt, but the bill mandates that all playing fields be pesticide-free by 2020. Washington Post

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Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl. -

Three decades after the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, a study finds that the numbers of elk, deer, and wild boar in the exclusion zone are similar to those in nearby nature reserves—wolves are actually seven times more abundant. The findings illustrate just how damaging human activity can be to an ecosystem. The Guardian

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Feds decide not to consider sustainability in new dietary guidelines. -

Earlier this year, an advisory panel told the government to urge Americans to eat less meat and more plants, which is healthier for both people and the environment, in the 2015 nutritional guidelines. But two cabinet secretaries overseeing the recommendations say they've nixed the idea. How unappetizing. NPR

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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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