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Climate top item for Obama sit-down with Brazil leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — The issue of climate change and steps to slow its progress are expected to dominate the agenda when President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff meet at the White House, but the leaders will also be striving to show they've smoothed things over following revelations that Brazil was a target of American spy programs.

Rousseff arrives at the White House on Monday for dinner with Obama. They meet again Tuesday for more formal talks and a joint White House news conference.

Final Supreme Court decisions Monday include EPA's mercury rule

Meeting on Monday for the final time until the fall, the Supreme Court has three cases remaining to be decided:

—Mercury emissions: Industry groups and Republican-led states assert that environmental regulators overstepped their bounds by coming up with expensive limits on the emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants without taking account of the cost of regulation at the start of the process. The first limits on mercury emissions, more than a decade in the making, began to take effect in April.

Pope applauds ecology advocates in Rome from many religions

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our "common house."

Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, Francis singled out a few hundred people who had marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner "One Earth, one family."

Western wildfires: Southern California fire roars to life

Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, including a resurgent blaze in California that forced residents of some desert communities to flee their homes. Here is a look at the latest hotspots in California, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon, and what crews are doing to control them.

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Avoiding future freeway congestion could come with a cost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else.

Toll lanes are an increasingly common solution in metropolitan regions with limited public space or money to widen highways. One increasingly popular idea is to convert carpool lanes to let solo drivers pay for a faster ride. In the future, non-carpool lanes might also be tolled.

Amid drought, California cities crack down on water line leaks

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The New York Times

As continued drought conditions drive water restriction orders for Californians, cities are looking to crack down on underground leaks from water line infrastructure, an issue that one consultancy says costs  systems an average 10 percent of the water they carry, The New York Times reports.

Western wildfires: California fire grows, forces evacuations

Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced residents of some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:

Breeding seen as path to save coral from warming: study

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The New York Times

A study published by University of Texas researchers in the journal Science suggests that breeding coral living in warmer temperatures with cooler-water species could help limit population threats posed by global warming, Reuters reports.

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Heat wave subsides in Pakistan as death toll reaches 860

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing Thursday, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.

Pakistan's deadliest heat wave on record comes just weeks after soaring temperatures caused nearly 2,200 deaths in neighboring India, raising fears that South Asia could be seeing some of the devastating effects of human-caused climate change.

Study: Aquifers draining faster than they are replenishing

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The New York Times

Nearly a third of the world's 37 largest aquifers are losing water faster than they can be replenished, a new study from the University of California, Irvine says, and the overstressed water supplies are situated in regions that support 2 billion people, The New York Times reports.

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