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Commentary from EHN/Daily Climate's Peter Dykstra: Environmental advocates have a mixed record in court lately, and the victories smell worse than the setbacks.


Monsanto faces a whopping $289 million verdict in the case of a California man who said he was poisoned by glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicides. (Guardian)

Another collaboration between ProPublica and West Virginia's Gazette-Mail: What happened when West Virginia regulators killed a pipeline proposal.

A must-read collaboration between Undark Magazine and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: The unseen global toll of air pollution.

The Democratic National Committee appears poised to backtrack on its pledge to refrain from accepting fossil fuel donations. (HuffPost)

How much debris washed into Chesapeake Bay from the recent torrential rains? (Baltimore Sun)

And how big an issue will red tide be in Florida's Senate race? (Washington Post)

Interesting perspective from NPR's ombudsman on including mention of climate change in wildfire stories.

Conservationists concerned for elephants' fate on World Elephant Day. (Tribune of New Delhi)


Opinion Pieces and Editorials

From the NYT: Where there's fire, President Trump blows smoke.

From the Times of San Diego: EV's may be the Trump Administration's next target.


The Latest from Trumpville

From Outside Online: If you've only been following Scott Pruitt's antics. you've been missing the real damage in environmental rollbacks.

From Emily Atkin in The New Republic: Air pollution denial could become EPA policy.


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