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The Green Energy Future: NYC Leads the Way

NYC leads in green energySure, New York City is famous for being the city that never sleeps. But, in the 21st century, the Big Apple is something more: it’s the city that’s leading the way forward.

In matters cultural and economic, New York has long played a central role among its fellow global “megacities.” Now, as New York continues to develop into one of the most progressive and innovative global cities in terms of sustainability, clean energy, and green initiatives, you can add environmental policy to the list of areas on which the city is on the forefront.

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California wildfire forces 5,000 to evacuate

California wildfireHundreds of firefighters are battling a wild fire in Los Angeles County as helicopters dump water on the blaze and thousands evacuate the area.

The wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon burning about 500 acres in and around Calabasas -- a relatively affluent area that is home to a few celebrities, including Jessica Simpson and Toni Braxton, CNN reported.

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Lightning strikes injure at least 51 at German rock music festival

Lightning strikes at German concertAt least 51 festival goers were injured, eight seriously, after being struck by lightning at the popular Rock am Ring festival in western Germany.

Some reports say over 70 attendees were injured from the strikes.

News of the damaging strike comes after over a week of unruly weather and record-breaking floods throughout much of central Europe, including France, Ukraine and parts of Germany.

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Philadelphia water department faces class action lawsuit over water testing

Philadephia water department suedThe Philadelphia water department, accused by some experts of having water testing “worse than Flint”, is facing a class action lawsuit and a lead-testing campaign mounted by citizens concerned about water quality.

On Thursday, hours after the Guardian published an investigation into the water-testing practices of 33 cities east of the Mississippi river, the Hagens Berman law firm announced a class action lawsuit against Philadelphia, based in part on the city’s outdated test practices.

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Flash floods continue in France and Germany

Floods in Germany and FranceFlash floods and overflowing rivers continue to bring misery to parts of Germany and France. The weather pattern that has been sitting over central Europe for a week has spawned daily storms. Slow-moving and large thunderclouds have brought hail, violent wind gusts and torrential rain to both plain and mountain.

The most recent areas to be hit were southern Germany and central France.

The German town of Simbach am Inn, in Bavaria and on the Austrian border, suffered badly as water came rushing through the streets. The torrent carried mud, trees, cars and any other debris picked up en route.

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Bleaching kills off 'third of Great Barrier Reef coral'

Third of coral reefs disappearMass bleaching has destroyed as much as one third of the coral on the northern and central Great Barrier Reef in Australia, according to a research.

Australian researchers found that around 35 percent of the coral in the northern and central sections of the reef is dead or dying, Terry Hughes, a professor with James Cook University, in Queensland, said on Monday.

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Oil sands industry a major source of air pollution, study finds

oil sands polluteTar sands oil, sometimes called the dirtiest oil in the world, is mostly thought of as a threat to water sources, though new research suggests oil sands operations are a large source of air pollution.

A team of Yale scientists -- with help from researchers in Canada -- determined that oil sands operations in Alberta, Canada, are one of the largest producers of human-caused secondary organic aerosols in North America.

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