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An E-Cigarette by Any Other Name: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • E-Cigarettes, by other names, lure young and worry experts (NY Times)
  • Obama seeks to boost resilience to climate-driven drought, fires (Bloomberg)
  • Louisiana's coastline is disappearing too quickly for mapper to keep up (Atlantic Cities)
  • North Uganda emerges from Kony threat to entice oil projects (Bloomberg)
  • Soil as carbon storehouse: New weapon in climate fight? (Environment360)
  • US judge hands win to Chevron, slams lawyer (Wall Street Journal)
  • Obama wants projects in parks, more onshore drilling (National Journal)
  • Marijuana legalization makes TV commercials funny (Bloomberg)
  • Australia in for hot days, higher fire risk, more droughts (Climate Central)
  • Why Fairtrade isn't fair enough (Guardian)

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Marijuana Legalization Makes TV Commercials Funny

Marijuana Smoker

Remember that really funny ad from the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, me neither. TV commercials just aren’t as funny as we’d like to remember them being. Fortunately, someone has discovered the secret ingredient that makes TV ads funny again: marijuana.

A company called, which hooks up patients with doctors who prescribe pot, has started airing what it claims is the first marijuana commercial on a major network. The minute-long spot will soon be playing in New Jersey, Chicago and Massachusetts on Fox, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN, AMC, Discovery and, of course, the Food Channel.

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Precedent Exists for Obama to Authorize Crude Oil Exports

Precedent Exists for Obama to Authorize Crude Oil Exports, Sen.

Bloomberg BNA – There is sufficient precedent for President Barack Obama to approve crude oil exports using executive authority, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Murkowski released a committee minority staff report March 3 citing five instances in which limited oil exports have been authorized by presidential discretion during the administrations of former presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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Apple Stands up to Climate Skeptics: Today's Top Reads

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A Watchdog 'Defanged': Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • China may build biggest smog lab to control pollution (Bloomberg)
  • EPA set to reveal tough new sulfur emissions rule (NY Times)
  • Legal trade can save endangered wildlife (Wall Street Journal)
  • Women's health harmed as medical studies miss gender differences (Bloomberg)
  • Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business (Atlantic Cities)
  • Native Americans vow a last stand to block Keystone XL oil pipeline (Washington Post)
  • Hundreds of students arrested as activists press Obama to nix Keystone (National Journal)
  • China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter (Climate Central)
  • Ash spill shows how watchdog was defanged (NY Times)
  • Walmart puts product suppliers on notice about chemicals (GreenBiz)

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Court Upholds Imposing Fracking Ban in Colorado City


Bloomberg BNA – A Colorado judge has approved the results of a November 2013 vote approving a five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield, Colo.

The Feb. 27 ruling by Colorado District Court Judge Chris Melonakis of the 17th Judicial District means Broomfield's five-year ban on fracking remains in effect, the city said in a statement.

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Greenwash of the Week: Today's Top Reads

Happy Friday! Here are today's top reads:

  • Ignore the Venezuelan uprising and check out this sparkly new building (Bloomberg)
  • Sea World questions ethics of 'Blackfish' investigation (NY Times)
  • Lawmakers to Obama: Do more on environmental justice (National Journal)
  • Blobs of Exxon-Valdez oil are still fresh on the beaches (Atlantic Cities)
  • Warming pause doesn't reverse scientific view on climate (Bloomberg)
  • Canada minister threatens legislation to clear grain backlog (Wall Street Journal)
  • Chad takes action, and the elephants hear it (National Geographic)
  • In Texas, a 'primary on steroids' avoid discussing energy (EnergyWire)
  • Austin a 'poster child' for urban wildfire threat (Climate Central)
  • A study claims that global warming could cause 180,000 more rapes by 2099 (Atlantic Cities)

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Did you hear the big news out of Venezuela this week? No, not that news. An oil-and-gas engineering company received a fancy environmental certification for a new building. I know, right?

Some press releases are notable for what they don’t say, and this week’s winner lapped the runners-up. There isn’t room on the Internet to explain every omission in this little gem, titled “Vepica’s New Headquarters Awarded First LEED Certification in Venezuela,” but here are three reasons it sailed straight into the greenwash bin:

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Social Cost of Carbon Figure Too Low to Reflect Harms: Enviros

Social Cost of Carbon Figure Too Low To Reflect Harms, Environme

Bloomberg BNA – The Obama administration relied on outdated science that produced a social cost of carbon figure that is too conservative, environmental groups said Feb. 26.

The models used by the federal government to update the social cost of carbon figure, which federal agencies use to calculate the climate impact of proposed actions, have yet to include the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data, producing a figure that does not reflect the actual cost of carbon emissions, Gernot Wagner, senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, told reporters Feb. 26.

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