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CDC: Disease-carrying mosquitoes may swarm more than 75 percent of US.

According to a CDC study, up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States  may provide suitable conditions for several disease-spreading mosquitoes. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia

Editor comments: Earlier this summer, prospects were for a relatively quiet Zika year.-PD

The quiet dismantling of Obama's environmental legacy.

We talk with The Hill’s Timothy Cama, who bushwhacks his way through the unruly thicket of legislation on Capitol Hill and tracks the steady stream executive orders coming out of the White House. Allegheny Front, WESA Public Radio, Pennsylvania

Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction.

Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Associated Press

Johnson & Johnson was alerted to risk of asbestos in talc in ’70s, files show.

Johnson & Johnson trained its employees to reassure anyone concerned about whether the company’s talcum powder contained asbestos that the cancer-causing substance “has never been found and it never will’’ in its iconic baby powder, according to an undated memo unsealed in a lawsuit against the drugmaker. Bloomberg News

Small pests, big problems: The global spread of bark beetles.

Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of square miles of woodlands. Scientists warn that some forest ecosystems may never recover. Yale Environment 360

For most Americans, science isn’t news.

Most Americans aren’t very interested in science news and information, according to a new Pew Research Center study. NBC News

EPA trains employees on leaks, presentation shows.

Employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received training this week to prevent leaks to the media of classified and sensitive information as part of a White House-directed crackdown across federal agencies to stamp out leaks, according to a slide presentation seen on Thursday by Reuters. Reuters

Trump increasingly isolated as Nicaragua to sign Paris Agreement.

President Daniel Ortega has announced Nicaragua will sign the Paris climate agreement, leaving Donald Trump and Syria's Bashar Assad heads of the only two countries not taking part in the global accord. Deutsche Welle, Germany

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria's wake.

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods. The Guardian

In a blow to Monsanto, Arkansas just one step away from banning dicamba next summer.

Arkansas moved a step closer on Thursday to barring spray applications next summer of dicamba, a weedkiller linked to extensive U.S. crop damage, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the state and Monsanto Co. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri

Facing months in the dark, ordinary life in Puerto Rico is "beyond reach."

Everyone from the governor of Puerto Rico to the mayor of San Juan is predicting that it could take four to six months to resume electrical service. For Puerto Ricans, that means empty refrigerators, campfire cooking, bathing in their own sweat and perhaps wrangling for fresh water. New York Times

Category 5 hurricanes have hit 6 land areas dead-on in 2017, more than ever before.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has not only been super active so far, but also super unlucky. In some past busy hurricane seasons, land areas have avoided some of the most extreme storms, but this year they have been a magnet. Washington Post

EPA chief Pruitt met with many corporate execs. Then he made decisions in their favor.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met regularly with corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries  — in several instances shortly before making decisions favorable to those interest groups, according to a copy of his schedule obtained by The Washington Post. Washington Post

The (very) long tail of hurricane recovery.

It’s been nearly five years since Hurricane Sandy devastated the mid-Atlantic, causing 43 deaths in the city and $19 billion in damage. But still, nearly 1,800 days later, the calls continue — there have already been 142 this year. FiveThirtyEight

At EPA, guarding the chief pulls agents from pursuing environmental crimes.

Scott Pruitt’s round-the-clock personal security detail, which demands triple the manpower of his predecessors at the Environmental Protection Agency, has prompted officials to rotate in special agents from around the country who otherwise would be investigating environmental crimes. Washington Post

Navajo Nation readies legal action if Trump shrinks Bears Ears National Monument.

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could spark a legal battle between the Navajo Nation and the Trump administration. EcoWatch EcoWatch

An Arctic adventure, a melting world .

Rowing through the melting Northwest Passage means meeting the local people affected by climate change. The Revelator

A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.

While it’s not Oregon’s largest wildfire at the moment – the 177,000-acre Chetco Bar Fire is – the Eagle Creek Fire stands out because it’s so close to a major urban area. What’s more, the gorge is a treasured place. High Country News

Climate change terms altered in another corner of EPA’s website.

Numerous mentions of “climate change,” “greenhouse gasses” and other phrases related to global warming have been found to be altered or deleted from another portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, according to a new environmental watchdog report. Washington Post

US solar companies ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’ following key trade case vote.

A vote by the International Trade Commission shook the U.S. solar industry on Friday, as companies braced themselves for possible tariffs on imported solar equipment. Greentechmedia

A landmark case just found that cheap, foreign-made solar panels are hurting US companies. Now Trump will decide whether to add tariffs.

Solar companies are split over whether new tariffs would hurt or help the nation’s booming solar market. Adding them would seem to align with President Trump’s “America First” policies. BuzzFeed

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry.

Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad. Associated Press

Immigration attorneys warn against using the term 'climate refugee.'

The problem with the term climate refugee starts with the word “refugee.” The legal definition of refugee goes back to the years following World War II. Public Radio International

Lessons from Hurricane Irma.

Two weeks later, Florida is still recovering from Hurricane Irma. But with federal, state and local officials still on the ground, and the experience fresh, now is a good time to start assessing what went right, what went wrong and how Florida can better prepare for the next one. Tampa Tribune, Florida

TV hurricane coverage failed my family.

Cable news, the most immediate source of information about the fate of their community, was pretty much only giving the bad news—which, by itself, didn’t tell them much about what they really wanted to know. Columbia Journalism Review

Environmental justice means desegregating the environmental movement.

Here are five ways to help to make the world a more diverse — and more just — place. The Revelator

Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines.

Amid the dismal news of destructive hurricanes and floods, Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood manage to find some positive environmental news beyond the headlines to discuss. This week, they look at proposed marine sanctuaries in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and remember a remarkable example of environmental cooperation among nations. Less encouraging is news extreme weather events seem to do little to influence public opinion about global warming. Living On Earth

Harvey - and storms to come - raise worries about dam safety.

The state climatologist is warning that Texas dams will become less able to withstand extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey, which are expected to occur more frequently as the earth's atmosphere and oceans warm in coming years. Houston Chronicle, Texas

Controversial pesticide remains unregulated in Hawaii.

The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where. Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii

How a Kansas community held off a Tyson plant.

Tonganoxie residents are the latest in a wave of rural communities standing up to Big Ag. Civil Eats

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