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Safety agency cracks down on crude, petroleum pipeline spills.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is cracking down on smaller violations in the crude oil, petroleum, and hazardous liquid industries to combat a slow rise in the number of pipeline accidents. Bloomberg BNA

Veterans who drank poison in northern Michigan are getting a second look.

The federal government is reopening a 16-year-old health report on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda at the urging of legislators and veterans seeking coverage for illnesses they contend were caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. MLive Detroit, Michigan

Fighting for a foothold.

White abalone are both critically endangered and crucial to their coastal ecosystems, so scientists have launched a Hail Mary effort to save them. bioGraphic

Pollution kills one person in Medellin, Colombia, every 3 hours: Study.

The findings are based an analysis of death certificates associated with chronic respiratory diseases, lung cancer and strokes recorded at Colombia’s National Department of Statistics between 1980 and 2012. Colombia Reports

Small farmers in Brazil’s Amazon region seek sustainability.

The deforestation caused by the expansion of livestock farming and soy monoculture appears unstoppable in the Amazon rainforest in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. But small-scale farmers are trying to reverse that trend. Inter Press Service

The fatal toll of cheap cigarettes.

A new study suggests that the availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality. New York Times

Bored with your Fitbit? These cancer researchers aren't.

Fitness trackers come in all shapes, colors, and price tags. But for doctors and scientists studying how exercise can help people deal with disease, the landscape is much simpler. There’s Fitbit, and then there’s everyone else. Wired

Death by hurricane: There could soon be a cure for a flesh-eating bacteria that almost just killed a man in Texas.

Improved therapies and vaccines might be on the way. Newsweek

Japanese people live longer than the rest of us – so what's their secret?

It’s the age old question (pun intended), and one that has given rise to an anti-ageing industry that is estimated to grow to $216.52 billion by 2021: how can we, mere mortals that we are, live longer? The Telegraph, United Kingdom

These cages save baby fish.

On developed shorelines, oyster shell “safe houses” offer sanctuary. Hakai Magazine

From oil refineries to solar plants, unions bend California climate change policies in their favor.

At a time when the state is trying to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, union efforts to protect or create jobs threatens to conflict with goals to combat global warming. Los Angeles Times

10 top companies commit to electric vehicles, sending auto industry a message.

The EV100 coalition is expanding EV charging infrastructure and shifting away from gas for transportation, the fastest growing emissions source. InsideClimate News

Andes dams could threaten food security for millions in Amazon basin.

A study warns that six hydroelectric mega-dams proposed for Andean highlands would put environment and food security at risk in Amazon basin. Mongabay

Heat and drought drive south India's farmers from fields to cities.

"We used to easily be able to harvest three crops a year. Now we can barely harvest a single crop," says one farmer. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Islands seek international funding for hurricane recovery.

In a special United Nations session, leaders of islands battered by hurricanes made worse by climate change appealed to wealthy countries for aid. New York Times

Enbridge suspends work on pipeline expansion following inspection.

Canada's largest pipeline company, Enbridge, says it suspended work on an expansion project in the Rocky Mountain foothills of northeastern British Columbia to address safety and environmental issues identified during an inspection. National Observer, Canada

The world's soaring CO2 levels visualized as skyscrapers.

This unusual animation gives an architectural twist to the history and possible dark future of climate change. CityLab

NASA nominee wants to study climate change - on Mars.

The Trump administration's nominee to lead NASA wants the agency to study climate change on Mars, even as he questions if it's happening here on Earth. ClimateWire

Richard Branson setting up green energy fund to rebuild Caribbean.

British billionaire Richard Branson said on Tuesday he is in talks to set up a fund to help Caribbean nations recently ravaged by Hurricane Irma replace wrecked fossil fuel-dependent utilities with low-carbon renewable energy sources. Thomson Reuters Foundation

In win for tribe, court says wind farm counts as 'mining.'

When is a wind farm also a mining operation? When it's scraping up rocks in Indian Country and using them. EnergyWire

A conservative-leaning court just issued a surprise ruling on climate change and coal mining.

In a rebuke to Trump, a federal court said greenhouse gas emissions need to be considered in lease approvals. Vox

Lindsay Graham calls for action on climate change.

Sen. Lindsey Graham endorsed a "price on carbon" to fight climate change, breaking with much of the Republican Establishment. Time Magazine

Documents reveal extent of Alberta oil giants' grip on British Columbia under Christy Clark.

Internal documents suggest British Columbia's plan to tackle climate pollution was written in the boardrooms of big oil and gas companies in Alberta. National Observer, Canada

Permits invalidated for big Washington state methanol plant.

U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China. Associated Press

With end of subsidies in sight, green backers move cautiously.

For almost two decades, investors in renewable energy have been able to fall back on government incentives and subsidies to underpin the returns on whatever they back. Now, they’re starting to think they need to proceed with caution. Bloomberg News

Puerto Rico braces for a potential direct hit from Hurricane Maria.

Another super-powerful storm could bring catastrophic winds and rain to U.S. territories in the Caribbean. Washington Post

The rumors that Trump was changing course on the Paris climate accord, explained.

Fumbling, incompetence, and miscommunication, signifying nothing. Vox

Can we turn the Whitechapel fatberg into biodiesel?

The human-waste bomb recently found clogging up a London sewer has an unlikely admirer - a Scottish renewable energy company. The Guardian

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid.

A northern Japanese city’s efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country’s old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission. Reuters

I’m a TV weatherman. Here's what happened when I discussed climate change on air.

Broadcast meteorologists are starting to talk more about the issue during their forecasts. Vox

Editor comments: Peter Dkystra wrote two pieces recently about the lack of TV coverage on the climate-hurricanes link. -LP

It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans.

New paper illustrates the rapid, consistent warming of Earth’s oceans. The Guardian

Subsidy-free wind farms risk ruining the industry’s reputation.

Energy companies that stunned the world by offering to build wind farms with no subsidy may ruin the industry’s reputation by never actually delivering on their promises. Bloomberg News

Trudeau assesses Trump climate policy and reminisces about Harper years.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s confident the United States will continue to fight climate change, led by its municipal, state and congressional leaders, even if there's "a little less participation” by the Trump administration. National Observer, Canada

National Guard chief: Climate change possibly causing 'bigger, larger, more violent' storms.

“I do think that the climate is changing, and I do think that it is becoming more severe,” Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Tuesday. The Hill, District of Columbia

Tony Abbott warns against 'unconscionable' renewable target.

Tony Abbott is reportedly threatening to cross the floor to vote against a clean energy target, warning Malcolm Turnbull it would be “unconscionable” for the government to do anything to further encourage investment in renewable energy. The Guardian

Adani's Abbot Point coal spill contaminated wetlands, report finds.

The Queensland government finds that the event had ‘no widespread impact’ but Adani will be forced to monitor wetlands’ health. The Guardian

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico.

At landfall, Maria had sustained winds of 155 mph, just 2 mph short of Category 5 status. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932. CNN

The scariest thing about this year’s hurricanes: They keep getting really strong, really fast.

That inward contraction of a hurricane’s eye can be one telltale indicator of what hurricane gurus technically call "rapid intensification." Washington Post

Could CO2 make the Amazon more resilient?

Forests play an ever-more vital role in regulating the climate. But what if rising carbon emissions actually helped them to grow and weather the impacts of global warming? Deutsche Welle, Germany

As Europe scorches, goats and sheep fight wildfires one bite at a time.

Can turning grazers loose in southern Europe's forests help fight devastating wildfires? Thomson Reuters Foundation

Flood insurance claims from Irma could top $11 billion from Harvey, FEMA official says.

Hurricane Irma, which made landfall east of Key West as a Category 4 storm more than a week a ago, has already generated almost 20,000 federal flood insurance claims totaling billions of dollars in Florida. Miami Herald, Florida

Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average.

The shrinking ice cap is increasingly linked to extreme weather events around the world, say scientists. The Guardian

Cities turn to other cities for help fighting climate change.

If every city with a population over 100,000 stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the reductions required. Wired

Commission readies further restrictions to neonicotinoids.

The European Commission plans to propose further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, an EU official told EURACTIV, amid a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers. EurActiv, Belgium

Perth free-diver Julia Wheeler swims through three tonnes of rubbish in Bali.

The competitive freediver was horrified upon encountering the mass of human waste products including plastic bags, bottles, wrappers and containers that were trapping and suffocating marine life. Perth Now, Australia

Northern Pulp over pollution limits, again.

Residents of a Nova Scotia community who are learning second-hand about excessive air pollution from a nearby pulp mill say the province is being lax and secretive about emission levels. Halifax Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia

EPA non-animal chemical testing strategy imminent.

A new EPA list of automated chemical safety tests that manufacturers can use instead of laboratory animals when securing regulatory approval for their products will be reviewed Nov. 3. Bloomberg BNA

In monuments report, a skewed view of protections.

Under the Antiquities Act, landscapes like the Grand Canyon count as ‘objects’ that can be protected. High Country News

Senate military authorization bill passes with PFC amendments.

The U.S. Senate Monday night passed a $700 billion military authorization bill, which includes $7 million for a nationwide health study on communities impacted by perfluorinated compound contamination. Bucks County Courier Times, Pennsylvania

Pottstown eyeing contaminated land for park.

In 2001, trichloroethylene, better known as TCE, was discovered in the soil and groundwater at the site; and in 2003, polychlorinated biphenyls, better known as PCBs were found in the soil, according to a report. Pottstown Mercury, Pennsylvania

These stark photos show the charred aftermath of the Texas chemical fire that ignited after Harvey.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Monday released stark photos of the scorched remains of containers at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Tex., that burned in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Washington Post

Nevada to stop using de-icer linked to tainted water.

Nevada transportation officials announced Tuesday they will stop using a salt-based road de-icing product that has been linked to lead contamination in the water of some Mount Charleston residents. Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada

Further tests are needed after tainted well sample, officials say.

Officials say more testing is needed to determine why high levels of carcinogenic chromium were detected in a well drilled earlier this year outside the perimeter of a known underground plume of toxic chemicals. Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico

‘Garbage juice,’ other landfill toxics are polluting Graham creek, suit says.

A Graham-area landfill has been illegally polluting a nearby tributary of the Nisqually River for years, according to an environmental advocacy group’s lawsuit. Tacoma News Tribune, Washington

Pollution problems continue to plague Bullseye Glass.

The art glass manufacturer fouled soil, water near its Southeast Portland plant. Portland Tribune, Oregon