Sign Up for Our Newsletter


Tesla Gives Away the Store, Poisonous Perms, Mussels Meet Their Match?
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Put your money where your armadillo is: You have to give it to the World Cup: this year’s mascot is among the cutest of all time. He’s an endangered three-banded armadillo name Fuleco, a combination of Portuguese words for football and ecology. But in addition to plastering Fuleco’s scaly little face on millions of dollars worth of merch, wouldn’t it be nice if FIFA actually committed to saving a few of the buggers? OnEarth

Sea change: Secretary of State John Kerry will be hosting a two-day conference next week in what promises to be the Obama administration’s biggest push toward fixing our oceans. The summit will target some of the ocean's arch nemeses, such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change, and comes with the promise of new funding for marine research. Washington Post

Pick your poison: See if you can guess how many toxic chemicals the oil and gas industry used in southern California last year while looking for fossil fuels near homes, schools, and hospitals! Hint: The drillers were working with more flavors than Baskin Robbins. Southern California Public Radio

Killer curls: A new study by the World Health Organization suggests that hairdressers who frequently work with perm chemicals and permanent light-hair dyes carry higher levels of certain known carcinogens in their blood. Thankfully, at this point in the research, the cancer risk seems to be low, but concerned stylists should protect themselves by wearing gloves when working with dyes and perm chemicals. (Like you needed the WHO to tell you perms are dangerous.) Reuters

Release the Zequanox!: Zebra and quagga mussels are invasive species that have been tightening their stranglehold on Great Lakes ecosystems since the mid-1980s. The tiny monsters foul beaches by spurring weed growth, crowd out native species, clog up water intake systems, and ravage ecosystems with plankton and kicking off algae blooms. But a new weapon might lay the invaders low—a bacterium called Zequanox. So far, tests indicate that Zequanox kills 90 percent of the zebras and mussels it encounters, and yet appears to have no effect on the rest of the environment. Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Who wants to build a Tesla?: Tesla Motors announced this week that it’s going to open-source all of its inventions and patents, thereby allowing anyone (everyone!) to make use of Tesla's existing electric car technology. This is basically unprecedented in the auto industry, or really any industry, and further proof that CEO Elon Musk is some kind of crazy genius. (Nerd bonus: The letter announcing the move was entitled “All our patent are belong to you.”) Treehugger


GoPro loco: Mom always told you not to jump off cliffs into water because you might break your neck or land on submerged rocks. But she didn’t probably warn you about great white sharks, or about what to do if you happen to land on one. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Duh-nuh. Duh-nuh. Earth Touch News


Why Do We Have Trouble Talking About Success in Ocean Conservation? Smithsonian

Americans by 2 to 1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change Bloomberg

With Data and Resolve, Tacoma Fights Pollution New York Times

War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash over Insecticide Bloomberg Businessweek

Tips: @OnEarthMag (tag it #greenreads)

Like this article? Donate to NRDC to support OnEarth's groundbreaking nonprofit journalism.