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Typhoon vs. Nuclear Plants, Trashy Family Photos, Good Riddance Guinea Worm?
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Shift or get off the pot: A new report (compiled by experts from 30 international institutions) prescribes detailed actions for 15 of the world’s largest economies that could help keep the world from warming more than 2º Celsius. The report is the first of its kind because it addresses each country specifically, with recommendations crafted from data on electricity supply, transportation and shipping, and building codes. Guardian

Secrets, secrets are no fun: According to a leaked document concerning classified discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the European Union is pressuring the United States to lift its ban on crude oil exports—which have been illegal since the mid-1970s—and to make it easier for natural gas to flow across the pond. Some environmentalists worry that if the E.U. gets what it wants, it’ll spur more drilling here at home and discourage investment in renewable energy abroad. Huffington Post

Rain, rain, go away (seriously): Super Typhoon Neoguri struck Japan’s Okinawa islands yesterday, prompting evacuations of around 200,000 residents and killing at least two people. And now three of Japan’s nuclear power plants lie in the storm's path. Reuters

If this state’s a-rockin’: Everybody knows where the earthquake capital of the United States is, right? Clearly, it’s Cali … Oklahoma? The Sooner State has had 240 quakes with magnitudes over 3.0 already this year, and scientists have a good idea why: wastewater storage wells from oil and gas operations. OnEarth

Final meals: Is extinction ever a good thing? What if the species in question is a three-foot parasitic worm wriggling painfully out of an open sore on your thigh? NPR

Crime and (lack of) punishment: Freedom Industries, the company responsible for spilling coal-cleaning chemicals into West Virginia’s water supply (leaving more than 30,000 people without clean water for over a week), just got fined by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. How much? Oh, $11,000—or about the price of a used Honda Civic. Associated Press

The gift that keeps on giving: When Hurricane Sandy struck New York and New Jersey in 2012, the superstorm left behind enough debris to fill a football stadium (one that's almost a mile high). For the most part, officials have done their best to haul the waste away to landfills, but the story doesn't end there. Folks living near Sandy-debris-stuffed-dumps are now experiencing headaches and nosebleeds. WNYC

DAILY DISTRACTION

You made your bed of trash, now lie in it: How much garbage do you produce in a week? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates four pounds of trash every seven days—more than double the amount produced in 1960 and 50 percent more than western Europeans. To highlight this growing crisis, photographer Gregg Segal had people lie down in a week’s worth of their own garbage. Slate

OTHER HEADLINES

As Farm Interests Line Up Against Water Regs, EPA Officials Begin the Hard Sell McClatchy Washington Bureau

White House to Nominate New Deputy Energy Secretary Washington Post

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists New York Times

In Rare Effort, Ohio Scientist to Test Water Before Fracking Soars Inside Climate News

Tips: @OnEarthMag (tag it #greenreads)

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