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When Poetry Goes Wrong, a Love Note to the Cosmos, Go Green Racer—Go!
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Blue skies: President Obama will unveil a new EPA rule on Monday that could cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by as much as 20 percent. Here’s a sneak peek into the plan that aims to bring us a clean and clear future. New York Times

Oh no, Ohio!: Bad news in the Buckeye State, where Governor John Kasich plans to sign a rollback of the state’s renewable energy standards, a decision that state representative Robert Hagan says will make Ohio “the laughingstock of these United States.” But y'know, not funny haha—the bill could lead to job losses and more air pollution. Columbus Dispatch

Need for speed: If you think driving fast cars doesn’t mesh with protecting the environment, we have someone we want you to meet: Leilani Munter, a composting, rainwater-collecting, Tesla-owning vegan who also happens to kick ass at professional racecar driving. Did we mention she adopts an acre of rainforest every time she races? And that she chats about carbon legislation alongside Barbara Boxer? And that she used to be a stunt double for Catherine Zeta-Jones? Vroom! Vroom! OnEarth

Ask the 8 ball: Because power consumption is wrapped up into almost everything we fickle humans do, energy predictions can be hard to get just right. "New technologies pop up, recessions happen, consumption habits change, policies are enacted or repealed." Here's a look into a what forecasters got wildly wrong in recent decades, and a couple they got right. Vox

Melting pot?: We all know what you're supposed to do with invasive species: sterilize 'em!, poison 'em, eat 'em! But in San Francisco Bay, there is an endangered, native bird called a clapper rail that has come to rely on exotic Spartina, or cordgrass, for its habitat. So some scientists are saying we should take it easy on the invader. Is this madness? No ... This! Is! Spartina! Time

Bard bird: Then again, some invaders are just plain trouble. European starlings, for instance, destroy crops, spread diseases, and even crash airplanes. And who do we have to thank for this plague o’ both our houses? As you may know already, Shakespeare! Or rather, overzealous fans of the bard. (And you can blame house sparrows on those same Anglophiles as well.) Pacific Standard

DAILY DISTRACTION:

The real Neil: Wanted: soulful scientist to guide us on our trip through the Cosmos. Must love dogs, long walks on the beach, and succinctly explaining the difference between weather and climate. Neil deGrasse Tyson, you had us at “long-term average.” See you Sunday night, baby. Mother Jones

OTHER HEADLINES:

Elephant Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate and Replicate Huffington Post

The Fishing Industry Is Poised to Lose Billions Due to Climate Change, Report Finds Climate Progress

New Oregon Marine Preserves Protect Birds and Fish Audubon Magazine

A Small Tribe Thinks Big about Their Ocean Space National Geographic

Tips: @OnEarthMag (tag it #greenreads)

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