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World Leaders to Sign Climate Agreement on Earth Day

Earth Day 2016Leaders from 130 nations are gathering at the United Nations to sign the historic climate deal reached in Paris last December.

The signing happens on the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Since 1970, every year people around the world observe the day by doing different activities to clean up the environment.

On April 22, 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first Earth Day with a “national teach-in on the environment.”


Some states, utilities balk at disclosing locations of lead water pipes

lead in pipesSome states and water utilities are balking at the Environmental Protection Agency’s call to post inventory information online about the number and locations of risky lead pipes in their systems, according to a review of documents obtained from 49 states by the USA TODAY NETWORK.

Drinking water regulators in about a dozen states expressed varying degrees of resistance or concerns about the EPA’s directive encouraging water systems to voluntarily give consumers easy access to what utilities know about homes receiving drinking water through lead service lines, a key indicator of whether a home's tap water could be contaminated and whether utilities are complying with testing regulations.


Alaska Pipeline restarted after pumping station fire

Alaska pipeline- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline reopened after a fire at a remote pump station shut down the entire oil pipeline for about nine hours.

The fire Wednesday struck Pump Station 5 on the 800-mile pipeline, in an oil tank's pressure vacuum vent used to relieve pressure as the flow of oil descends Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range, the mountains in northern Alaska.


Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts 5 times after quiet week

Popocateptl eruptsMexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted on Monday, launching ash and burning rocks into the air and showering the city of Puebla with hot ashes.

At least five eruptions were reported.

The historic city of Puebla, which lies 25 miles east of Popocatépetl in central Mexico, was covered in ash, forcing the airport to close.


March 2016 Smashes Another Monthly Global Warmth Record

Global warmingEarth's global temperatures in March 2016 set another monthly record, continuing an almost year-long streak of records shattered, according to three recent independent analyes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) calculated the global mean March 2016 temperature was 0.62 degrees Celsius (about 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above the March 30-year average from 1981-2010.

A second analysis released Friday from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies also concluded March anomalies were the highest in their period of record dating to 1880, a whopping 1.28 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average period.


China releases dam water to ease SE Asia drought

China releases dam to relieve SE Asia droughtChina has been releasing water from a number of its dams in an attempt to help relieve the drought in Southeast Asia.  Much of the region has been struggling to cope with the severe weather which is hotter and drier than usual because of strong El Nino.

Thailand is experiencing its worst drought in more than a decade with 14 out of 76 provinces badly affected.

The situation in Vietnam is not so good either with the country suffering its worst drought in 90 years.


Merkel lets comedian face prosecution for Erdoğan poem

Merkel lets comedian face charges of insulting ErdoganAngela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a request from Ankara to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The German chancellor insisted her government’s decision did not amount to a verdict on whether Jan Böhmermann was guilty or not, but should be understood as a reaffirmation of the judiciary’s independence.


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