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Mexico’s Geyser of Gasoline, Jewell Tells Congress How It Is, November Is for Mustaches and Manatees
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What a gem: In her first major address as Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell urged Congress yesterday to cut all the partisan nonsense and give the nation’s parks and wildlife refuges what they need: full funding. (Oh, snap!) Jewell’s agencies already face a 5 percent across-the-board sequestration cut. And her speech highlighted House plans to further slash national park budgets by 13 percent and gut the Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget by more than a third. She also chastised Congress for not adding a single acre of land to the park or wilderness system in three years and announced a rather hearty environmental youth initiative. Ride, Sally, ride! Los Angeles Times

O Dios mio: Spill a drop of gasoline while fueling up the ol’ lawnmower and your garage will smell like a Sunoco for a month. Now imagine the odor in Tlajomulco, Mexico, where “a geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky,” forcing the evacuation of 5,000 people. Thankfully, the gas didn’t catch fire. Authorities blame fuel thieves trying to weasel their way into the state-owned pipeline, like something out of an episode of Breaking Bad, only it happens all the time. Apparently, Mexico has a real big problem with people selling stolen gasoline from stands on the highway. Associated Press

Happy Manatee Awareness Month!: A lot people associate November with Movember, the grow-a-mustache campaign to raise awareness for prostate cancer. But this month is also about raising awareness for the endangered manatee. 2013 saw more recorded manatee deaths than any other year on record. While boat strikes kill more manatees than anything else, toxic algae blooms, as a result of pesticide runoff, are also doing a number on these magnificent sea beasts. In April, one red tide killed 241 of the marine mammals. Treehugger

Water warning: Depending on where you live, water could come in floods, snowfall, surging tides (or it might not come at all), but make no mistake—climate change wil manifest itself with H2O. At least, that’s the way it’s going to feel as weather patterns shift and become more intense. For the West, the absence of water is obviously what’ll hurt most. The South and Midwest could be stuck see-sawing between drought and deluge. Because climate change will hit each region of the United States differently, we'll need to adapt appropriately. And now is the time to make an action plan. (And no, gills are not an action plan.) Environmental News Service

Get with the program, Poland: Poland hosts the United Nations conference on climate change this month. Some might consider this ironic, considering Poland is the lone holdout fighting the European Union on clean-energy goals, greenhouse gas limits, and proposals against fracking. The country gets 88 percent of its electricity from coal—and it’s proud of it! According to the administrator of a massive Polish coal mine, “The entire world population could fit in this hole.” Unfortunately for Poles, this “infatuation” with coal has very real consequences. On the top ten list of European cities with the highest concentrations of particulate matter, six are in Poland. New York Times

DAILY DISTRACTION

Monsters of the deep: If you missed yesterday’s Today OnEarth Spooktacular, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to celebrate Halloween with this assortment of deep-sea terrors. Click through to meet one of the best-named creatures on the planet: the Deep-Sea Blob Sculpin. Audubon Magazine

OTHER HEADLINES

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Enbridge Files Application to Run Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota; Opponents Gird for Fight Minnesota Public Radio

UN: Adapting to Climate Change Will Cost Africa $35 Billion Annually Pacific Standard

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