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Geckos Lost in Space, the EPA’s Climapalooza, Big Oil Takes on Candy Crush
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Road trip, anyone?: This week hundreds of people—from hardcore environmentalists to local farmers (and yeah ... Big Coal, too)—will be heading to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Washington, D.C. for public hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit pollution from power plants. The Natural Resources Defense Council (which publishes OnEarth), Sierra Club, and the National Wildlife Federation have speakers planned, as do the opposition—namely leaders from the coal industry and mining unions. The EPA expects to hear from more than 1,600 people, with more to come as the public written comment period extends until October. The Hill

The bird and the bees and the fish: A study by the U.S. Geological Survey provided yet more evidence for why we should ban neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides implicated in pollinator die-offs. After sampling nine rivers and streams in Iowa during the growing season, the researchers found levels of neonics considered toxic for aquatic life. Mother Jones

Oil and other addictions: I know what you’re thinking: what if there was a way to teach Big Oil employees how cool their industry is via a Candy Crush-like mobile app? Well, you’re in luck! It’s called Bit-tacular, and the object of the game is to crush colorful boulders with a drill bit. What, not your thing? Well how about “Deliver It,” a driving game where players try to race through an oil field without spilling tools off their truck. Yeah, because tools are what we’re worried about spilling. (Note: I prefer my games to be more um, realistic, so I play Earth Ball.) Bloomberg, Grist

West Coast, best coast: A technical report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that eight out of the top 10 U.S. cities suffering from a rise in “nuisance flooding” are on the East Coast. Nuisance flooding (which results in road closures, backed up storm drains, and compromised infrastructure) is caused by rising sea levels, which in turn is caused by climate change. NOAA News

Fur babies: If you’re reading this, chances are your closet isn’t full of fur coats. But if you happen to have some stuffy relatives clinging to some mink, you might convince them to donate all their old stoles to Born Free USA, an organization that uses fur products to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. (Warning: Clicking through will induce involuntary squee.) OnEarth

Thank a tree: New research by the Forest Service suggests that the trees that help scrub pollution from the air prevent 670,000 cases of acute respiratory incidents each year and save around 850 lives in the United States. (And for all you Alex P. Keatons out there—that translates into healthcare savings of about $7 billion.) Outside

DAILY DISTRACTION

#GoGetThoseGeckos: HBO talk show host John Oliver would like you to take a minute and forget about the serious threats of climate change and the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and focus, instead, on a small spacecraft filled with mating geckos with which the Russian Space Agency may or may not have just lost contact. Don’t laugh, people. This is serious. Last Week Tonight

OTHER HEADLINES

Navajo Generating Station, West’s Largest Coal-Fired Plant, on Track to Close Associated Press

In Southcentral Alaska, Salmon Declines Are Pinned on a Toothy Invader High Country News

How to Make the U.S. Greener? Export Pollution Associated Press

Tips: @OnEarthMag (tag it #greenreads)

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