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'Motherfrackers': Einhorn just came out swinging against the fracking industry

EinhornDavid Einhorn, the founder of Greenlight Capital, came out swinging Monday against the fracking industry at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York City.

"We object to oil fracking because the investment can contaminate returns," he said.  He thinks the business is too expensive and Wall Street helped the industry raise way too much money that it could never pay back.

"The banks are clearly incentivized to help the frac-addicts," he said.

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At least 5 earthquakes strike San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday

5 eatrhquakes in San Francisco areaResidents of the San Francisco Bay Area were a bit startled when they felt the ground beneath them shaking from at least five earthquakes on Sunday, officials said.

Scientists said a 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Concord, a suburb located about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco, at about 2:15 p.m. local time Sunday.  The U.S. Geological Survey said the movement, though, could be felt by much of the Bay Area -- though experts described the sensation as a quick jolt.

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Pipeline politics: Virginia's Keystone?

pipeline politics in VirginiaA core group of Virginia Republicans and other landowners is leading the charge against a proposed natural gas pipeline near their backyards and using tactics similar to the environmental crusade against the Keystone XL oil pipeline — the very project Republicans in Congress have elevated into a matter of national economic survival.

Financial services super-lobbyist Phil Anderson is joining other politically active Republicans in carrying out a well-funded campaign against Dominion’s $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would cross Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while running 550 miles from West Virginia’s fracking fields to North Carolina. They’re calling the effort “All Pain, No Gain,” which echoes the “All Risk, No Reward” coalition that Keystone opponents formed two years ago.

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Wildlife decline may lead to 'empty landscape'

wildlife lossPopulations of some of the world's largest wild animals are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape", say scientists.

About 60% of giant herbivores - plant-eaters - including rhinos, elephants and gorillas, are at risk of extinction, according to research.
Analysis of 74 herbivore species, published in Science Advances, blamed poaching and habitat loss.

A previous study of large carnivores showed similar declines.

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4.2 earthquake officially reported in Michigan, felt in Grand Rapids

Michigan earthquakeIf you thought you felt an earthquake on Saturday — you did. And It was one of the strongest quakes ever experienced in Michigan.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of focus of 5.9 km was measured around 12:23 p.m. about nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo, near Galesburg.

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UN, Vatican team up for climate change agenda

Vatican and UN unite on climate changeThe United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Pope Francis for framing the need to combat global warming as an urgent moral imperative, saying his upcoming encyclical provided an "unprecedented opportunity" to create a more sustainable future for the planet.

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Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds

climate changeExtreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research.

Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, the study published in Nature Climate Change said.

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