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Persian Gulf could be too hot for humans by 2100

Persian Gulf too hot to live by 2100Global warming could create peaks of humid heat in the Persian Gulf beyond human tolerance by century's end, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, heatwaves occurring on average once every 10 or 20 years would, by 2100, exceed the capacity of a young, healthy person to maintain a normal body temperature, the study found.


World's Catholic bishops issue appeal to Paris climate talks

Catholic bishops urge climate change policiesCatholic patriarchs, cardinals and bishops representing five continents appealed to climate negotiators on Monday to approve a "transformative" and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonization goals to save the planet from climate-induced catastrophe.

The representatives of bishops' conferences from around the globe signed the appeal in a renewed push to encourage climate negotiators meeting in Paris next month to heed Pope Francis' call to protect God's creation and the poor who suffer most from its exploitation.


Strong earthquake hits Afghanistan, kills dozens across South Asia

Earthquakes hit asiaA powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on Monday, with massive tremors felt across Pakistan and India, leaving dozens dead and hundreds more injured across the region.

The total death toll was at least 111, with 85 people killed in Pakistan and 26 more in Afghanistan, according to official reports from the two countries.


81 companies on board for Obama climate deal in Paris

Obama prepares fpr climate conference in parisThe Obama administration is ramping up its efforts to get the American public behind its goal for a strong global climate change deal in Paris in December.

With weeks to go until negotiators meet to hash out a final international agreement, President Obama worked in recent days to make sure the country knows the importance of United States leadership in getting worldwide buy-in for a strong deal.


Mexico braces for strongest hurricane in Western hemisphere

Mexico braces for Hurricane PatriciaHurricane Patricia headed toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere that forecasters said could make a "potentially catastrophic landfall" later in the day.

Residents of a stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast dotted with resorts and fishing villages on Thursday had already boarded up homes and bought supplies ahead of Patricia's arrival. Some evacuations were reported in Puerto Vallarta, but few people were seen going to the shelters.


EPA mine spill could have been prevented

EPA mine spill could have been preventedGovernment investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.

The spill that fouled rivers in three states would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the Gold King Mine before digging into its entrance, Interior Department investigators concluded.


Michigan admits mistakes in Flint water testing

Flint water testsMichigan officials admitted Monday that the state made a mistake during its testing of the quality of drinking water in the economically battered city of Flint, where blood lead levels in some children had more than doubled since the city switched its water supply to a cheaper source.

Activists in Flint had earlier accused the state’s environmental officials of ignoring their concerns about their city’s drinking water.


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