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Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project

Greenland's receding icecapA top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by rising temperatures within decades, scientists have said.

The US army engineering corps excavated Camp Century in 1959 around 200km (124 miles) from the coast of Greenland, which was then a county of Denmark.

Powered, remarkably, by the world’s first mobile nuclear generator and known as “the city under the ice”, the camp’s three-kilometre network of tunnels, eight metres beneath the ice, housed laboratories, a shop, a hospital, a cinema, a chapel and accommodation for as many as 200 soldiers.

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Study: Earth at Its Warmest in 120,000 Years

Earth warmest in 120,000 yearsA new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.

As part of her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University, Carolyn Snyder , now a climate policy official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, created a continuous 2 million year temperature record, much longer than a previous 22,000 year record. Snyder's temperature reconstruction, published Monday in the journal Nature , doesn't estimate temperature for a single year, but averages 5,000-year time periods going back a couple million years.

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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

FrackingIn Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties.

Landowners are bitterly disputing the deductions that some drillers have been taking from their royalty checks amid a historic collapse in natural gas prices.

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Gasoline prices spike after Alabama pipeline leak

Gasoline prices spike after Alabama leakRetail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline's gasoline line that carries fuel to the East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak.

Colonial said on Saturday evening that it would construct a bypass that circumvents the leak, which occurred more than a week ago in Shelby County, Alabama. It is unclear when construction will be completed but the company has previously said it anticipates reopening the line, which can carry up to 1.2 million barrels of gasoline a day, later this week.

The volume of the spill is estimated to be 6,000 to 8,000 barrels.

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Polar Bears Are Facing Shorter Ice Seasons, And That’s Terrible News

Polar bears are facing shorter ice seasonThe future for polar bears is grim if Arctic sea ice continues shrinking at current rates, suggests new research from the University of Washington.

The fact that sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing as global temperatures rise is not new information. But this study, published in science journal “The Cryosphere” Wednesday, is an important landmark in that it’s “polar bear-centric,” researcher Kristin Laidre of the UW’s Polar Science Center told The Huffington Post.

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Peru Hit by 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake

Peru earthquakeA large, deep earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted northern Peru's Amazon region early Saturday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake that registered at 5:08 a.m. local time (1008 GMT) was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the jungle city of Moyobamba. It was located very deep under the ground, about 70 miles (114 kilometers).

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In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

Destroyed wildernessOver the past 20 years, a mere blink of an eye in our species’ 200,000-year existence, humans have managed to eliminate 10 percent of the world’s wilderness, a new analysis has found.

Globally, the authors write, the “catastrophic declines” in wilderness area over the last two decades add up to about 1.27 million square miles ― an area twice the size of Alaska.

Hardest hit was the Amazon, which has lost 30 percent of its wilderness area since the early 1990s. In Central Africa, 14 percent of the totalwilderness area has vanished.

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