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Stop Killing Enviros! Climate Change vs. Mad Men, Gefilte Fish Shortage—Gulp
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

You need green to make green: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes no bones about the fact that we need to make a move soon to address climate change. Just one problem—trying to do so has proven political suicide. Many in Congress are beholden to the fossil fuel industry; others simply won’t consider levying any more taxes, no matter what they’re for. To help remedy the situation, the League of Conservation Voters and the NRDC Action Fund teamed up to create LeadingGreen, an organization which raises funds for federal candidates willing to take on industry groups, pass meaningful environmental legislation, and generally remove their heads from their asses. New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek

City by the sea: Among the many findings of the IPCC’s latest report was the idea that coastal cities are in a unique position to lead the charge on climate adaptation. Cities can react faster than entire countries, and the IPCC thinks local action can often get more done than trying to cut through higher-level political quagmires. South Florida, for instance, has already been drawing up computer models of potential storm surges and restricting development in areas at risk of two feet of sea-level rise. Guardian

Welcome to the Jungle: Global Witness, a London-based human rights and environmental group, has completed a global survey of slain environmentalists around the world—and the results are disturbing (see "The Hidden Epidemic of Murder"). In 2012, three times as many environmentalists were murdered than in the 10 years previously. Out of the 908 murders in the last decade, only 10 perpetrators have been held responsible for their crimes. According to the report, Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world for environmentalists. The country accounts for nearly half of the 900-some deaths. Of course, these are only the ones we know about. Associated Press

Fighting fire with celebs: Sunday nights are hallowed ground in the television world, and this week was better than most. HBO aired a pivotal episode of its blockbuster Game of Thrones. AMC had the premiere of its final season of Mad Men. And sandwiched right between, in the very same timeslot, was Showtime’s 9-part miniseries about, ahem, climate change. So, how do you stack up against the likes of dragons and Don Draper? For starters, you put Indiana Jones in a CO2-measuring fighter jet. Click through for our TV-lover's re-cap of the actually-pretty-awesome miniseries, Years of Living Dangerously. OnEarth

Pass the matzo: As Passover kicked off this week, many celebrants have been forced to go without one of their most traditional foodstuffs—gefilte fish. The dish is made from whitefish, carp, pike, mullet or salmon, and many of these fishes come from the Great Lakes and western Canada. Unfortunately, a double dose of polar vortices have left far more ice cover on the water than usual for this time of year and large scale fishing efforts have been suspended. While the wide-scale shortage is clearly a bummer for all those who cherish a good old-fashioned seder, gefilte fish isn’t exactly celebrated for its flavor. New York Times

Dan the man!: Dan Fagin, author of "Toms River," a book about a cancer cluster in New Jersey, just won a Pulitzer Prize. Woot! (Fagin also happens to be on the OnEarth editorial board.) We sat down to talk with him last year about his award-winning book. You should go read it. OnEarth

Seriously, where’s the beef?: Droughts in Texas and other parts of the country have coupled with rising meat demand in China and Japan to create the highest price per pound of beef since 1987. Pork has also gone up, thanks to a virus that’s killed millions of pigs. Chicken’s up, too, by the way, and industry experts say it’s likely to stay that way. TIME


Cherry blossom bonanza: The blooming of cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. is probably the nation’s single-most celebrated harbinger of spring. And if you’ve never seen this spectacle, then you should definitely plan a trip for next year. In the meantime, here are two separate roundups of cherry blossom pics. Enjoy! Washington Post, Huffington Post


Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Keystone XL Message into Field That Could Hold Future Pipeline Associated Press

GreenSpace: Chemicals On Pet Collars Can Affect Children

Ohio Geologists Link Local Earthquakes Directly to Fracking Al Jazeera America

Lawmakers Look to Combat Seafood Fraud Associated Press

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