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John Travolta vs. Manatees, Hottest May Ever, Finally an Abandoned Mine for the Kids
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Mayday, Mayday!: Last month was the hottest May ever recorded. And it was the 351st month in a row—that’s 29 years—when global temperatures exceeded averages. (This map shows you how much hotter your area will be this summer compared to 1970.) FYI: some scientists are predicting 2014 will be the warmest year on record (and it’s only June). Climate Central

Permit power: Building a new power plant in the United States requires getting permits and employing the best available technologies for emitting pollutants such as lead and mercury. And thanks to a Supreme Court decision yesterday, the same rule now applies to greenhouses gases. The decision is a significant win for the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency as they seek new ways to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change. OnEarth

Development Fever: John Travolta has been promoting plans for a new mega-resort in Belize, complete with a private jetport, Formula One racetrack, and outdoor amphitheater. Unfortunately this posh place will threaten two UNESCO World Heritage sites—including the famed Great Blue Hole (pictured above), which is habitat for more than 500 species of fish, three sea turtle species, and one of the largest remaining populations of the endangered West Indian manatee. Scientific American

Cruising for a bruising: Sources now say there’s no evidence that Duke Energy, the company responsible for filling North Carolina's Dan River with 39,000 tons of coal ash, ever performed a single test recommended by engineers—including a “water-in, water-out” measurement that might have prevented the spill. News & Record

Risky business: A new report warns that businesses aren’t taking the threat of climate change seriously enough, and that they should be working to disclose risks to investors. The report singles out the real estate, tourism, construction, and agricultural industries as being particularly vulnerable to a warming world. New York Times

Simply app-alling: NASA has a new iPad app out that lets you look at before and after image sets detailing the effects of climate change on Earth. Seeing is believing. EcoWatch

DAILY DISTRACTION

To the Bounce Cave!: Usually when a mine makes it into this news roundup, it's because it’s leaching toxins into the water supply. But today, I'm happy to show you a different sort of mine—the kind you’d let your kids play in. (Hopefully all this mine's toxins leached from it long ago. Y'know, for the kids' sakes.) Colossal

OTHER HEADLINES

Great White Shark Population Is Healthy and Growing, New Census Shows Los Angeles Times

A Sunken Kingdom Reemerges New York Times

“All-Natural” Labels on Food Are Meaningless. Let’s Get Rid of Them Vox

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