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Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Smoke alarm: A new study released last week revealed that wildfires in the American West affect air quality in states as far away as Ohio. The smoke has been known to contain hundreds of toxins, as well as particulate that likes to get nice and cozy in your lungs where it can cause damage. Unfortunately, climate change likely means bigger, badder, and more frequent fires. (Unless you’re Tony Abbott, of course. He thinks the connection between wildfires and climate change is “complete hogwash.” Oh, Tony.) Reuters

Walk on the wild side: If a group of conservationists and millionaires get their way, 10,000 bison will once again roam across the Montana prairies. The group’s already bought up 58,000 acres and ripped out 37 miles of fences. But some local landowners think the re-wilding project will change the area’s culture. In its defense, the group is trying not to anger its new neighbors by setting up electric fences to reign in the herds and only offering to buy land once someone puts it up for sale. But I guess you can’t make it your goal to return a landscape to the time of Lewis and Clark and expect everyone to be happy about it...even if camping on the prairie with a bunch of bison sounds like the perfect day.) New York Times

Hurricane vacation: If Mother Nature doesn’t throw something at us before November 30, this year will go into the books as the weakest hurricane season in 45 years of record keeping. Wahoo! So, what’s the dealio? It seems that dry, dusty air blowing from the Sahara Desert combined with a spate of “sinking” air over the Atlantic has nipped the season in the bud. But let's not get cocky, a year ago this week, Hurricane Sandy stormed out of the ocean and into our nightmares (see "Can Sand Dunes Save Our Cities?"). USA Today

Making waves: You like turtles. I like turtles. Heck, we all like turtles. Which is why it’s so surprising we aren’t doing a better job of saving them. This is just one of the many environmental questions raised in Aaron Hirsh’s new book, Telling Our Way to the Sea. For as OnEarth contributing editor Tim Folger writes in his review, “If we can’t halt the extinction of these iconic animals, what chance have we of successfully tackling even greater ecological crises?” OnEarth

Space and taxes: It’s probably fitting that space is so polluted with human trash. I mean, there’s hardly a corner left on Earth that’s unaffected by our garbage, why would the heavens be any different? Every country with a space program pollutes, and yet the problem of orbiting junk is too big for any one them to tackle alone. This is why economists have proposed instituting a Pigouvian tax, or a fee designed to pin the cost of cleanup to the countries making the mess. With the tax, every time you launch something up there, you get charged, and one day that money will go towards fixing the mess...before Gravity becomes reality. Washington Post

DAILY DISTRACTION

Bottle o’ baby cuttlefish: Got a few old soda bottles lying around? Good, you’re on your way to breeding a whole mess of cuttlefish larvae! That is, presuming you’d know what to do with a brood of cuttlefish. (I wouldn’t.) But thanks to aquarist Bret Grasse, we now have a way to reliably breed the little cephalopods using just a few household materials. Bonus: mesmerizing gif of tumbling cocktail-onion-looking cuttlefish. Grist

OTHER HEADLINES

Canada Is Forecast to Exceed Its 2020 Emission Target by 122 Million Tons of CO2 Treehugger

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas for Health, Environmental Reform NPR

Sage Grouse in California, Nevada to Get Endangered-Species Protection Los Angeles Times

Hunting a Chimp on a Killing Spree New York Times

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