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Maldives capital in crisis as water supply dries up

Maldives out of waterThe Maldives, a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, has run out of water. A popular tourist destination surrounded by pristine seas and turquoise-blue ocean vistas, the archipelago has declared a state of emergency after a fire at its only desalination plant led to the shortage that has affected the 130,000 inhabitants of the capital, Male.

Residents of Male are receiving bottled and desalinated water provided by neighboring countries via public taps and mobile vehicles, according to a statement issued by the United Nations on Monday.

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Lies, Secrets and Silences: Fracking Costs Jobs and Lives

FOX liesFive Stars: Fracking Misstatement of the Day from FOX

In its otherwise unusually excellent coverage of the surge in fracking bans in six states (PA, OH, TX, NY, CA and CO) FOX News, in More Municipal Bans on Fracking Pose Setbacks to Domestic Energy Boom, credits the shale gas and oil boom with having already created “millions” of jobs in this cagily crafted lead sentence:

The surge in domestic-energy production that has created millions of new jobs and abundant natural gas and oil is now facing a potential setback, with cities across the country imposing bans on the widely-used deep-drilling process known as fracking.

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Extinction Rate Rivals That of Dinosaurs, 2014 Likely Hottest Year Ever

Polar bearsRecent studies show that current animal extinction rates from anthropogenic climate disruption now rival the extinction that annihilated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Once again, this month's survey of the planet shows how climate disruption is continuing to intensify.

"The supreme reality of our time is ... the vulnerability of our planet."
- John F. Kennedy

Recent studies show that current animal extinction rates from anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) now rival the extinction that annihilated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

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Chevron Courts Liability as Leading Producer of Greenhouse Gases

Chevron Chevron Corp. (CVX) has produced more greenhouse gases than any other fossil-fuel company, according to a study released as global climate talks continued today in Lima.

Chevron edged out state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. for the amount of historical emissions produced by their operations since the dawn of the industrial age, according to the report released in Lima by the Climate Accountability Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based research and advocacy group. Exxon Mobil (XOM) Corp. came in third, with the top 20 fossil-fuel companies accounting for almost a third of all greenhouse-gas production since 1751.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement

BP challengeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP's challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which the oil giant complained has allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the disaster.

The court's decision not to hear the London-based company's appeal is the latest setback for BP, which is trying to limit payments over a disaster that killed 11 people and triggered the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.

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California's drought worst in 1,200 years

california California's soil is extremely parched. Its ground is cracking, its rivers and lakes are low, it valleys are shrinking, and its mountains are rising. The state's drought has persisted for nearly two years. Now, researchers say the severity of the situation is unprecedented in modern times -- the worst drought in 1,200 years.

In a recent study, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Minnesota compared California's current condition to precipitation data ascertained from the tree rings of blue oak trunks.

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California Becomes the First State to Ban Wildlife Killing Contests

California bans wildlife killing contestsIn a historic victory for wildlife, this week California became the first state in the nation to officially ban barbaric wildlife killing contests for good in a move that wildlife advocates are hopeful will set a precedent for other states to follow.

According to Project Coyote, more contests than we care to know about continue to take place under the radar because state wildlife agencies don’t monitor them, but they’ve been making headlines recently and a growing number of people have been speaking out against them. Thankfully wildlife officials and land managers are listening to the calls from wildlife advocates and are taking the problems with these unjustified events seriously.

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