Critical List: More Midwest deaths after storms; White House, NASCAR go green
More deaths in the Midwest after storms hit Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Some areas of Texas have received less than one-fifth the normal amount of rain in the last six months. The drought has cost $1.5 billion so far.
But these catastrophes are totally unrelated, right? Bill McKibben takes his sarcastic stick to anyone who'll deny climate change might have a role: "It is far better to think of these as isolated, unpredictable, discrete events. … [D]o not wonder if they’re somehow connected."
A rain forest activist in Brazil was killed, after receiving frequent death threats. The country's lower house also approved a bill that would give small farmers more flexibility in how they use their Amazon forest land.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress she wasn't aware of a "proven case" of hydrofracking leading to contaminated water. Rep. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) grabbed onto that statement as proof that he's been right about every environmental issue ever.
Four and a half years from now, the federal government will only buy green vehicles, per President Obama's order.
But NASCAR, go figure, is faster. It’s switching to E15, an ethanol-gasoline blend, for a race this week.
Backstreet's back!…and on a vegetarian kick.
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