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Pink Snow Looks Awesome, But Is Another Climate Change Indicator

Pink snow sign of climate changeSome call it pink snow, some call it watermelon snow — and now, a new study is calling it yet another symbol of the drastic melting in the Arctic.

The appearance of the so-called pink snow, which Arctic explorers have observed for centuries, is the result of a red algae that likes to bloom in the frozen water. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers found that those algal blooms are causing the ice to melt faster, and the algae is likely to grow more rapidly as climate change melts even more of the Arctic into the liquid water that feeds them.

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29,400 Barrels of Crude Oil Spill in California

Oil pipeline spill in CaliforniaSouthern California authorities have revised the estimated size of a crude oil pipeline spill down to 29,400 gallons.

The spill early Thursday in Ventura County was initially projected to be as much as 210,000 gallons.

Ventura Fire Department spokeswoman Kelly Flanders says the oil flowed about a half-mile down an arroyo but will not reach a local beach.

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New wildfires erupt in California as heatwave strikes west coast

New wild fires erupt in CaliforniaNew wildfires erupted Monday in southern California and chased people from their homes as an intensifying heatwave stretching from the west coast to New Mexico blistered the region.

Towering columns of smoke rose from the San Gabriel mountains behind Los Angeles as the fires several miles apart devoured hundreds of acres of brush on steep slopes above foothill suburbs. Police in the city of Azusa ordered hundreds of homes evacuated.

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Southwest braces for heat wave with temps reaching 120

heat wave coming to southwest USIn 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not take off. Power grids strain as the outside air keeps transmission lines from cooling. And for desert dwellers, a cold bottle of water and some shade can mean the difference between life and death.

Parts of the U.S. Southwest, long accustomed to triple-digit temperatures, are preparing for a heat wave.

In Phoenix, the high for Saturday was 111. But meteorologists believe the next two days could be record-breaking. Officials are warning residents the mercury may rise to 120 on Sunday and Monday, approaching the city's record of 122.

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Study Finds Chemicals In Residents Living Near Gas Wells

Chemicals from gas wells found in residentsOn Thursday, environmental health groups and community members from Pavillion, Wyoming released the first study of its kind linking chemicals released from gas and oil production sites to those in bodies of residents living near the wells.

In the town of 240 residents and another 200 living east of the town, community members have railed against the EPA and state agencies to act on fracking activities in their communities for years. This report, however, is the first to track air pollutants from the gas wells in the residents themselves.

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Earth's Heat Extends Unprecedented Streak of Shattered Records

Heat records shattered It's no longer a question of whether 2016 will be the hottest on record, but by how much.

The El Niño warming pattern in the Pacific Ocean is over, but unprecedented heat remains across the planet. Last month was the hottest May in 137 years of record keeping, according to new reports from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In an age of rising temperatures, monthly heat records have become all too common: May was the 13th consecutive month to set a new record, according to NOAA data released on Wednesday.

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Opposition to British fracking plans swells

Fracking opposition in UK swellsA British environmental advocacy group said more than 150,000 signatures were added to a petition sent to the government against hydraulic fracturing plans.

"Fracking poses risks to people and the environment, and politicians in Westminster shouldn't force this risky technology on any community," campaigners Hannah Martin of Greenpeace and Rose Dickinson of Friends of the Earth said in a joint statement.

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