HBO’s True Detective took home an Emmy last night for best directing in a drama series. If you haven’t watched the show yet, we highly recommend you marathon it. As you can see from this gritty intro, True Detective is about the environmental devastation wrought on Louisiana by an unfettered oil and gas industry—a dark allegiance of greed and smoke and ruin. Just kidding! It’s about two detectives (bad-ass versions of Wooderson and Woody) trying to solve a grisly, ritual murder. (And something about a Yellow King.) But the show's credits (and scenes from throughout the series, especially when McConaughey and Harrelson are just drivin’ and talkin') masterfully use the contamination of Louisiana’s natural beauty as an ever-present metaphor for the darkness that can creep into and corrupt one's soul. Deep, right?
Other things to know this morning:
The U.S. Forest Service now officially spends the majority of its budget on fighting fires. Climate change has been making forests hotter and drier, but that’s only part of the story. Decades worth of misguided and outdated fire suppression strategies are making matters worse.
Remember in April when the Hawaiian Island of Kauai voted to restrict genetically modified crops and pesticides, becoming the first county in the United States to pass an anti-GMO law? Well, a magistrate just overturned that decision, declaring that state law supersedes it.
Elsewhere in the Aloha State, wildlife officials are desperately fighting an invasion of fire ants. If Hawaii fails to rein in the exotic insect, experts predict individual and business losses of $140 million, mitigation expenses of $1.2 billion, and some 390 million stings. Ouch.
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