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Carbon Dioxide Highest in Human History

carbon dioxide levelsThere's striking new evidence that Earth's atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change.

Measurements of the climate-changing gas by instruments high on a mountain in Hawaii and around the world show that global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher than at any time in human history - and higher than it has been in hundreds of thousands of years.

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Geophysicists link fracking boom to increase in earthquakes

Fracking linked to earthquakesThe swarm of earthquakes went on for months in North Central Texas, rattling homes, with reports of broken water pipes and cracked walls and locals blaming the shudders on the fracking boom that’s led to skyrocketing oil and gas production around the nation.

Darlia Hobbs, who lives on Eagle Mountain Lake, about a dozen miles from Fort Worth, said that more than 30 quakes had hit from November to January.

“We have had way too many earthquakes out here because of the fracking and disposal wells,” she said in an interview.

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Greenpeace activists block Russian tanker, arrested

Greenpeace activistsDutch police arrested 44 Greenpeace activists attempting to stop a Russian oil tanker from unloading its cargo of arctic oil in Rotterdam.

Armed anti-terrorist police boarded the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior and made the arrests. Although the ship was towed ashore and those arrested were taken to several Rotterdam police stations, the activists were quickly released. Several were members of the “Arctic 30” who were arrested in Russia in 2013 and jailed for over two months on piracy charges.

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Major fire, explosion after train carrying crude oil derails in Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia train fireA train carrying crude oil derailed and crashed in downtown Lynchburg, Va. Wednesday, evacuating the immediate downtown area as it was seen billowing with extreme smoke and fire.

The city says no injuries have been reported from the explosive crash around 2 p.m. EST near The Depot Grille which reportedly dumped crude oil into the James River.

Lynchburg police and fire personnel were actively at the scene while advising residents to stay out of the downtown area. City officials also say that the city's drinking water has not been affected by the spill.

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Southern California wildfire grows to 800 acres

Southern California wildfiresA wildfire driven by surging Santa Ana winds sent a choking pall of smoke through foothill neighborhoods on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of at least 1,650 homes and the closure of at least seven schools.

No homes burned, but the smoke prompted mandatory evacuation orders for several areas of town nestled at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

Leo Lemelin, 67, and his family busily loaded several cars with belongings as they prepared to leave.

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Megacities contend with sinking land

sinking landSubsiding land is a bigger immediate problem for the world's coastal cities than sea level rise, say scientists.  In some parts of the globe, the ground is going down 10 times faster than the water is rising, with the causes very often being driven by human activity.

Decades of ground water extraction saw Tokyo descend two metres before the practice was stopped.

Speaking at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, researchers said other cities must following suit.

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Supreme Court upholds EPA air pollution rule

Coal burning plantsThe Supreme Court has upheld an Obama administration rule aimed at preventing some states from polluting their downwind neighbors from sources like coal-burning power plants.

The 6-2 decision upholding EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule marks yet another legal win for the administration’s environmental agenda. Opponents included states such as Texas, Virginia and Ohio.

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