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How big water projects helped trigger Africa’s migrant crisis.

Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees. Yale Environment 360

The UK just installed its first “seabin” to clean plastic-polluted waters.

Our oceans fill with millions of tons of plastic every single year. Portsmouth Harbor, in the UK, aims to combat this problem with the seabin, a new device that sucks plastic, oil, and other debris from the water. Futurism

UK withdrawal bill 'rips the heart out of environmental law', say campaigners.

The cornerstones of wildlife and habitat protection have been quietly left out of the withdrawal bill ripping the heart out of environmental law, campaigners say. The Guardian

Australian doctors call on health super funds to pull $1.7 billion out of coal and oil companies.

Hundreds of Victorian doctors and medical staff are pressuring their super funds to quit investing in coal and oil for the sake of health, as they did with tobacco five years ago. Melbourne Age, Australia

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Sea change of heart for the Secretary?

A stalled international agreement, once championed by Rex Tillerson, soars in significance. Daily Climate

A kinda, sorta environmental summer reading list.

Are books still a thing? Yup. Our staff’s summer picks. Environmental Health News

Pete Myers: Inconvenient data buried as 'confidential business information.'

After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product. Environmental Health News

Editor comments: We've got almost 300 stories in our archives about Europe's effort to regulate glyphosate. Find them here. -DF

Editorials

Health study in Sarnia’s ‘Chemical Valley’ is long overdue.

Sarnia and its environs are home to 57 polluters. Yet the government has never done a baseline study to see how residents are affected and its reporting system on chemical leaks appears lax. more…

Hurricane Ophelia: A warning on climate inertia.

Even if emissions are stabilised through international agreements, the worst effects of global warming have yet to be experienced. more…

Fire-fighting chemicals and drinking water.

The PFAS saga is not just an issue for those who live near the Williamtown RAAF base and other hot spots around the nation. more…

Biodiversity

Munduruku standoff against Amazon dam builders potentially explosive.

A fierce standoff is underway in the Brazilian Amazon. Mongabay

Brazilian Amazon still plagued by illegal use of natural resources.

Practices such as poaching and illegal logging are concentrated near inhabited areas and along rivers, study finds. Nature

Rubbish causing Polar Bear hormone disruption.

Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles. Sydney Sky News, Australia

For sale in Canada, endangered sharks’ fins.

Shark fin soup is on the menu in Canada, but a new investigation shows that some fins come from dubious, even illegal, sources. Hakai Magazine

This startup turns climate pollution into fish feed.

NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide. Fast Company

Satellite shows how forest CO2 emissions can skyrocket.

NASA data collected in 2015, an exceptionally warm year, raises more concerns about spiraling global warming feedback. InsideClimate News

Opinions

Jobs bonanza? The Adani project is more like a railway to nowhere.

The Carmichael coal mine was once pitched as a choice between jobs and the environment. So where are the jobs? more…

Even China is tackling climate change, while US takes a back seat.

Beijing sees an interconnected world where environmental sustainability is crucial to maintaining political support, global stability and economic growth. more…

The diplomat behind the Paris climate agreement says the world is moving forward without Donald Trump.

Christiana Figueres remains optimistic about tackling global warming. more…

Toxification

Pesticide traces in New Zealand honey surprises researcher.

A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees. New Zealand Herald

PODCAST: Romaine calm and curry on.

Food insecurity in the form of malnutrition could be addressed in both developed and developing countries with the help of agricultural biotechnology. Did you know that the same technologies may conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable food production? The Forum

David Attenborough urges action on plastics after filming Blue Planet II.

Naturalist says experience making second series of BBC show revealed devastating threat posed to oceans by plastic. The Guardian

Firms act on ocean plastic from Southeast Asia.

Two initiatives involving industry aim to stop ocean plastic pollution at the source. Chemical & Engineering News

Plastic pollution: An increasing threat to marine life in Pakistan.

The issue of plastic pollution along Pakistan’s coast is a major concern and is worsening due to inadequate solid waste disposal systems. Lahore Daily Times, Pakistan

High-street outlets move to ditch plastic amid environmental concerns.

Pret A Manger becomes the latest to act by offering free filtered water and selling empty glass bottles. The Guardian

Hinkley nuclear site radioactive mud to be dumped near Cardiff.

More than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic byproduct of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged to make way for England’s newest nuclear power station and dumped in the Severn estuary just over a mile from Cardiff. The Guardian

Solutions and Good News

Lead poisoning plummets thanks to cleaner petrol.

Lead poisoning in expectant mothers has fallen dramatically since lead was finally phased out of petrol in 2006. Johannesburg Times, South Africa

Into the ice: humans get closer to nature – in pictures.

From log trails to lava houses, from mud baths to melting glaciers, US photographer Lucas Foglia explores our relationship with the natural world in his new book Human Nature. The Guardian

Slow and steady, a tortoise is winning its race with extinction.

The Burmese Star Tortoise was called functionally extinct by ecologists, but a captive breeding program in Myanmar has saved them, a study says. New York Times

‘Coal is dead’ and oil faces ‘peak demand,’ says world’s largest investment group.

BlackRock investment group, with $5 trillion in assets, is bullish on electric cars and renewables. Think Progress

Water

Toxic firefighting chemicals 'the most seminal public health challenge.'

A U.S. environmental official says PFAS chemicals found in firefighting foam are contaminating water supplies. The Guardian

Portugal's government faces no-confidence vote over forest fires.

A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week’s lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months. Reuters

PFAS contamination: Fishermen still not consulted after being forced to cease work in Victorian wetland.

A Victorian commercial fishing family says it has still yet to be consulted by the Department of Defence about PFAS contamination in a Gippsland wetland which has led to a fishing ban. ABC News Online, Australia

As drought makes harvests uncertain, Kenya’s farmers mull a seed change.

Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Air

Government set to face fresh legal challenge over air pollution crisis.

Legal NGO ClientEarth to take the government back to court if it fails to set out a new range of measures to tackle Britain’s toxic air. The Guardian

The day the sky turned red - but what caused rare phenomenon?

Did you wake up to a ghostly red sun today or witness a strange red hue to the sky on your lunch break or as you left work? Many people in England reported the phenomenon on Monday morning - and it appears to have been caused by Hurricane Ophelia. The Telegraph, United Kingdom

India orders Delhi power plant, generator shutdown as air worsens.

The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down on Tuesday as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing. Reuters

China's pollution crackdown is gaining momentum.

In pockets of China’s industrial heartland, a government push to clean up the environment and cut excess output is starting to bite: Furnaces have gone cold, the lights have been switched off, migrant workers are drifting back home. Bloomberg News

Air pollution kills half a million people in Europe, EU agency reports.

Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Deutsche Welle, Germany

Environmental justice

Indigenous rights "serious obstacle" to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says.

The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights. The Guardian

'Land means life': Tanzania's Maasai fear their existence is under threat.

The long-running border dispute between Maasai people in Loliondo and the authorities was reignited two months ago amid reports that, over a period of two days, hundreds of homes were burned down. The Guardian

Pope implicitly criticizes US for leaving Paris climate accord.

Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. Reuters

Africa tops global hunger index, driven by war and climate shocks.

Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Oil giant Chevron needs no costs protection from 'poor' Ecuadorians, court told.

Forcing a group of Ecuadorian villagers to come up with almost $1 million before they can pursue a claim against oil behemoth Chevron would deprive them of access to justice, Ontario's top court heard Wednesday. Canadian Press