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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide at Historic High
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting that measurements of CO2 at their Mauna Loa Observatory have reached an all-time high, crossing the 400 parts-per-million threshold. While, as one researcher put it, “It was only a matter of time …”, that provides little comfort. Other discomfiting facts regarding the rise in CO2 levels can be found on NOAA’s announcement page: http://research.noaa.gov/News/NewsArchive/LatestNews/TabId/684/ArtMID/1768/ArticleID/11153/Greenhouse-gas-benchmark-reached-.aspx

New Aerial Spray Bill Hits Capitol
In the wake of a negative reaction to news that bills aimed at better controlling aerial spraying had died in this year’s Oregon legislature, a new bill has been introduced, with industry blessings. As you might expect, the industry led in crafting the bill’s language, which critics characterize as inadequate to address the problems. The Statesman Journal reports: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/05/07/aerial-spraying-bill-returns-industry-approval/70920676/

The World’s Most Successful Marine Reserve
Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is being hailed as a world model for marine conservation. BBC Travel takes you there with this lovely 5-minute video: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150401-the-most-successful-marine-reserve-in-the-world

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin Threatened by Fracking Plan
Plans by FAS Environmental Services to enlarge facilities at a fracking wastewater disposal site in America’s largest wetland have provoked outcry by locals, already familiar with the environmental degradation such facilities bring. Now outraged citizens face the legal onslaught of big-oil money, with diminishing options to stop the construction. Al Jazeera America investigates: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/5/7/biggest-swamp-fracking-wasteland.html