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Anti-Science Bullies (in Congress), Home Run for Healthy Eating, Stay Out of Antarctica!
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

The war on science: If you wanted to go looking for the beating heart of the right’s recent anti-science bender, the best place to start—somewhat ironically—would be the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Of the 22 Republicans who sit on this committee, 20 don’t believe in climate change. Among its misdeeds, the committee has tried to discredit the Environmental Protection Agency, repeal the Clean Air Act, and defund the National Science Foundation. Click through for an in-depth takedown of the Committee, including its most recent schoolboy assault on President Obama’s top science advisor, John Holdren. Huffington Post

Hold the Crackerjack: Ballparks are not known for their health food, but all that may change today when the San Francisco Giants unveil “The Garden” at AT&T Park. Fans will be free to pick and eat local, sustainable produce grown right there in the park. So go whip up some sauerkraut for that foot-long! NBC Bay Area

Dollars & sense: According to a report by the World Bank, fighting climate change is not only necessary to stave off all sorts of global calamity, but acting on a number of key policies (like tax incentives and pro-climate laws) could add up to $2.6 trillion to the global GDP. Guardian

Under pressure: The state of New York may have a moratorium on fracking, but it doesn’t have a moratorium on all the auxiliary services that support the industry (which imports natural gas from other states). Natural gas compressors, for instance, emit volatile organic compounds that cause respiratory illnesses, cancer, and chronic skin disease. Oh yeah, and those compressors also have a tendency to explode. Vice

The next big thing: By 2018, a tower may stand in an Arizona desert that's seven times as tall as the Statue of Liberty and combines solar and wind technologies to create CO2-free electricity. Motherboard

Imagine that: A new report shows that when North Carolina enacted stricter air pollution rules in 2002, it correlated with a “marked decline” in deaths related to emphysema, asthma, and pneumonia. Al Jazeera America

DAILY DISTRACTION

Spring break Antarctica!: Because tourism can have a detrimental effect on the fragile habitats of Antarctica, comedian John Oliver's show on HBO ran a video begging everyone not to summer so far south. Seriously, don’t go there. Last Week Tonight

OTHER HEADLINES

Widespread Impacts of Neonicotinoids ‘Impossible to Deny’ BBC

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You're Old Mother Jones

BP Shuts Down Internal Oil Spill Claims Program WWLTV

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The Koch family needs to go the way of the Dodo bird, they do not believe in science, yet science is what keeps them alive! If is was not for the medical doctors pumping them full of meds, they all would have succumbed a long time ago. So sad to think these types of people even exist in America!