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Power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. For the sake of our kids and the health and safety of all Americans, that has to change. For the sake of the planet, that has to change. 

—President Obama in a speech today releasing his administration's final Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030

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President Obama plans to release a final version of his Clean Power Plan today. -

By limiting pollution from power plants, the new rule hopes to cut carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, while encouraging further deployment of renewable energy projects. According to the administration, besides combating climate change, the plan could help reduce the number of premature, pollution-related deaths by 88 percent. Washington Post

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The United Nations issues its first resolution against the illegal wildlife trade. -

Amid the global outcry over #CecilTheLion, the U.N. is calling for its member states to beef up anti-poaching and trafficking laws to protect lions—as well as elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears, gorillas, pangolins, and humans victims of the terrorists and organized crime rings running much of the industry. Reuters

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Offshore wind power in Europe just broke its yearly record—in just six months. -

Thanks to 584 newly connected turbines, the industry's generating capacity is now 10 gigawatts, enough juice for 7 million homes. Germany installed most of the new capacity, beating out the United Kingdom (current industry leader) by a factor of three. The Guardian

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Congress tells national parks to stop banning water bottles—or else. -

Thanks to pressure from the bottled-water industry, Congress is threatening to cut Park Service funding for water-refilling stations. Go ahead, say the parks, we're sick of the litter, and we know how to make a buck or two... Washinton Post

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They are creating a human barricade so that the Shell icebreaker cannot get through.

Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace U.S., describing the scene on Portland, Oregon's Willamette River, where 13 Arctic drilling protesters are rappelling off a bridge over a flotilla of kayaktivists. Hang in there...it's working! 

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Hot water has killed half of the Columbia River's sockeye salmon. -

Earlier this year, officials counted 507,000 fish at the beginning of their migration between two dams in the river, but so far, only 272,000 have made the trip. Warm air and abnormally low snowmelt have packed a double whammy to river temperatures—the Columbia hit 70 degrees in mid-June, a month earlier than usual. Reuters

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Oklahoma is getting shaken by more drilling-linked earthquakes. -

Three quakes measuring above magnitude 4.0 rattled the state Monday. Since 2013, the rate of earthquakes in the Sooner State has gone up by about 50 percent, and noticeable tremors—above 3.0—now rumble about twice day. Reuters

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