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New wildfire erupts near destructive California blaze

California wildfiresA wildfire that broke out several miles southwest of a destructive fire in Northern California doubled in size overnight, charring nearly 8 square miles.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says evacuations have been ordered for the new fire that started Sunday. Containment was not in sight Monday morning.

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Temperatures soar above 116°F in deadly Egypt heatwave

Egypt heat waveTwenty-one people have died and 66 others were hospitalised with exhaustion as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the health ministry has said.

The victims, who all died on Sunday, succumbed as temperatures reached highs of 47 degrees Celsius, in conditions made less bearable by elevated humidity levels.

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Climate fight shifts to courts

Climate changeStates, energy companies and business groups are preparing to sue the Obama administration over its new climate rule, viewing it as their bet shot at stopping the regulations while President Obama is still in office.

With Congress largely powerless to stop the rule, opponents of Obama’s push say the court system is their only hope at beating back the carbon limits until a new president takes over the Oval Office in 2017.

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Animas River fouled by 1 million gallons of contaminated mine water

Animas RiverA spill that sent 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas River, turning the river orange, set off warnings Thursday that contaminants threaten water quality for those downstream.

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it triggered the spill while using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.

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In Canada, officials keep close watch on environmental activists

Canada monitoring green activistsOn July 16, James McIntyre, 48, was shot and killed by police outside a public meeting about a proposed hydroelectric dam in Dawson Creek, a small town in northeastern British Columbia. The dam, called Site C, is controversial among environmentalists and First Nations people, and the night McIntyre was shot, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were responding to reports that a protester was disrupting the meeting.

Little is known about the circumstances surrounding his death, but in a video taken immediately after the shooting, his blood can be seen pooling on the sidewalk and dripping into the street. Eventually, two officers approach his slumped body and place restraints on it while a third policeman keeps his gun drawn.

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Wildfires rage in Calif. as thousands forced to leave homes

california wildfiresThousands of Californians remained out of their homes Monday as fires fueled by withering grass, brush and timber roared across vast swaths of the drought-stricken state.

A massive, fast-moving wildfire 100 miles north of San Francisco that destroyed at least 24 homes threatened 6,300 more as almost 3,000 firefighters struggled to control the blaze. The so-called Rocky Fire was the most fierce among 21 major wildfires statewide battled by 9,000 firefighters, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported. More than 12,000 people have been evacuated.

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World's Glaciers Melting At Fastest Rate Since Record-Keeping Began

melting glaciersThe world's glaciers have melted to the lowest levels since record-keeping began more than 120 years ago, according to a study conducted by the World Glacier Monitoring Service that was released on Monday.

The research, published in the Journal of Glaciology, provides new evidence that climate change has spurred the rapid decline of thousands of the world's ice shelves over the past century. The first decade of the 21st century saw the fastest loss of ice since scientists began tracking it in 1894 -- and perhaps in recorded history, WGMS reported.

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