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NHL Crosschecks Climate Change, Shazam for Bird Song, Hey New Orleans, Show Us Your Butts!
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Sanctuary!: The Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides in federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific. (Earlier this month NRDC—which publishes OnEarthfiled a legal petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of these pesticides.) Neonics wreak havoc on bee populations, and recent research also links them to declines in bird populations. Grist

Skating on thinning ice: Say what you will about concussions and sanctioned fighting, but the National Hockey League just made one of the greatest moves in sporting history: it released a sustainability report. I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but no other professional sports organization has ever done this. The report tallies up the NHL’s environmental impact and emissions and acknowledges the threat climate change poses to youth hockey. Oh yeah, and it earned commissioner Gary Bettman the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award. ThinkProgress

Hold onto your butts: Not only is New Orleans becoming the first U.S. city to participate in a wide-scale cigarette butt recycling effort, but the Big Easy will also earn a pretty penny for its trouble. A New Jersey company called TerraCycle Inc. will pay the city $4 for every pound of smokes it collects, compost any leftover tobacco, and recycle the plastic filters for reuse in building materials. Associated Press

Topsy-turvy: Minneapolis just set a record low for July with a maximum temperature of just 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, 1,700 miles to the north, Fort Simpson, Canada, has had high temps approaching 100 degrees. What gives? It’s all part of the new normal caused by an off-kilter jet stream, which some scientists think might be the result of rapidly disappearing sea ice. Mashable

Eat it: Can I interest you in some lionfish tacos? What about crispy Asian shore crabs or blue catfish sushi? The United States has more than 30,000 invasive species disrupting its ecosystems, and some are downright tasty. Such exotic cuisine is called “invasivorism,” and while scientists don’t think we could possibly eat all the lionfish in the Atlantic, every little morsel helps. Quartz

Eyes in the skies: Countries and conservationists are increasingly launching drones into the sky to protect natural resources (see “Drone, Drone on the Range”). These unmanned fliers can detect habitat damage, spot illegal activities such as poaching, and size up remote populations of animals, anything from undersea lobsters in Belize to tree-swinging orangutans in Sumatra. New York Times

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The other tweets: For my money, the best technological advancement in the history of the human race is the smartphone app that can tell you the name of the song playing on the radio. And now ... they’re making one that identifies what type of bird is singing in your backyard. (Science, FTW.) Outside

OTHER HEADLINES

Climate Change Gets More Air Time on Some TV News Shows Huffington Post

Los Angeles River: from Concrete Ditch to Urban Oasis National Geographic

Cleanup of Dan River Ash Sparks Backlash Charlotte Observer

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You remaining climate blame "believers" are worse than the neocons you childishly hissy-fit hate. Only SCIENCE can have certainty of a GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS not a mob of you fear mongering goose stepping determined "believers" and another 32 years of science being; "95%" certain that the end is near and you remaining eager "believers" being 100% certain our kids are doomed is unsustainable. Did Bush exaggerate and march billions of innocent children to the exaggerated greenhouse gas ovens of an exaggerated crisis? Get up to date like the real planet loves are; *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians. *Canada killed Y2Kyoto 2 years ago with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit). What did YOU do about it planet lovers?
Safely recycle 100% of human generated waste materials, all the garbage, trash, junk, smoke, fumes and chemical waste. Then gently plan every family by giving women the right to decide if and when they want children. We can live in peace and balance, or commit ecocide and extinction, our choice.