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Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change

climate change warningClimate change has advanced so rapidly that the time has come to look at options for a planetary-scale intervention, the National Academy of Science said on Tuesday.

The scientists were categorical that geoengineering should not be deployed now, and was too risky to ever be considered an alternative to cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

But it was better to start research on such unproven technologies now – to learn more about their risks – than to be stampeded into climate-shifting experiments in an emergency, the scientists said.

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California firefighters battling Sierra Nevada wildfire gain upper hand

California battles firesFirefighters have gained the upper hand on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square miles and forced about 150 people to leave two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

The fire started near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties Friday afternoon. It blew up when 50 to 75mph winds whipped through wooded areas near Swall Meadows and the neighbouring community of Paradise for about three hours, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection captain Liz Brown said.

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NY Banned Fracking, But 460,000 Tons Of Fracking Waste Have Been Dumped There

fracking waste NYNew York’s ban on fracking hasn’t been enough to completely shield the state from its public health and environmental risks, a prominent state environment group charged on Friday.

In a report titled “License to Dump,” the group Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY) accused seven state landfills of accepting potentially hazardous waste from Pennsylvania’s fracked oil and gas wells. Using information obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the group said at least 460,000 tons of solid drilling waste — which can contain heavy metals, chemicals, and naturally occurring radioactive material — have been dumped in those landfills since 2010.

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Thousands march and rally in Oakland to call for ban on fracking

anti fracking oaklandThousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state's use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas.

Environmentalists said they chose to have the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown's home city to highlight their plea for him to take a stance against fracking.

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Mysterious milky substance covers parts of Washington and Oregon

Milky substance OregonEmergency officials said a white milky substance that has blanketed parts of Washington and Oregon could be ash from volcanoes thousands of miles away, remnants of nearby wildfires or even dust kicked up in a recent storm. The source remains a mystery.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington said it recently started getting reports of a milky substance covering cars and homes. Since then, local residents have been posting pictures of murky water and dirty raindrops.

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Paradise lost: Dominicans adapt to growing climate change threat

Dominican climate changeRocky Antonio Cabrera steps into a small fishing boat as another fisherman yanks on the starter cord bringing the motor to life.

As the boat glides through thick mangroves in Manzanillo Bay, part of a national park in northwest Dominican Republic near the border with Haiti, Cabrera comments on high winds that arrived a month early this year — a change he blames on the impact of global warming on weather patterns.

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GOP lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

Clean water act challenged  by GOPIn a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered a body of water by federal law.

In an unusual joint hearing involving the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Republican majority that now controls both houses of Congress showed it is intent on trying to derail the president’s environmental agenda in his last two years in office.

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