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Hurricane Matthew: Death toll soars in Haiti

Haity deaths at 450The number of people killed in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew has risen sharply, as coastal villages and towns began making contact with the outside world, two days after being hit by the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

A Reuters news agency tally of deaths reported by civil protection officials at a local level on Friday showed the storm killed at least 572, updating an earlier figure of 478.

Bodies started to appear late on Thursday as waters receded in some places after Matthew's 235 kilometres-per-hour winds smashed concrete walls, flattened palm trees and tore roofs off homes, forcing thousands of Haitians to flee.

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Tree growth slows as cities heat up

Tree growth slowd by city heatThere's evidence that global warming is having a "greening" effect on large portions of the planet. And some scientists have suggested an uptick in carbon will encourage photosynthesis -- for better or worse. But that's not case in cities, new research shows.

When scientists at North Carolina State University tracked tree growth throughout the city of Raleigh, they found urban warming curbs both tree growth and photosynthesis. They also found pests, including scale insects and spider mites, were more abundant among trees at warmer sites.

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Hurricane Matthew Prompts South Carolina To Evacuate 1 Million

Matthew heading for NCSouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and ordered an evacuation of more than a million people in coastal areas starting Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

Florida and Georgia have also called states of emergency for a storm that has pounded the Caribbean with 145 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds and surging seas and was expected to start affecting U.S. coastal areas late on Thursday or early Friday.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Even Worse Than We Feared

Great pacofoc garbage dumpThe first aerial survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch shows that the amount of debris swirling in the North Pacific has been “heavily underestimated,” the expedition group said.

On Monday, The Ocean Cleanup, a project founded in 2013 by then-18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat with the goal of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic, shared initial findings from its aerial expedition of the trash vortex between Hawaii and California.

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Category 4 Matthew heads for Bahamas and South Florida; hurricane watch issued

Matthew heading to Haiti"Extremely dangerous" Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is moving north toward Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, where the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for much of the state's Atlantic coast.

Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais in western Haiti at 7 a.m. Tuesday with 145 mph winds and torrential rains. The National Hurricane Center says Matthew strengthened afterward with 150 mph winds with gusts up to 175 mph late Tuesday morning, making it the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007.

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Texas activists who lost one pipeline fight set sights on ne

Dakota access pipeline protest

It looks to Lori Glover “like a long snake going across the whole desert”. For David Keller, it is “like having a very beautiful historic home and having someone run a bulldozer through the kitchen”. And in Yolonda Blue Horse’s view, it is another example of disrespect from an industry that does not care about native people.

Before the Dakota Access pipeline sparked continuing protests that led to national attention and an Obama administration intervention, a feisty group of activists in remote west Texas waged a long battle against the same company when it pressed ahead with plans to run a 143-mile natural gas pipeline to Mexico through some of the state’s most pristine countryside.

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Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, 3 hamlets evacuated

Colima volcanoEruptions at the Colima volcano in western Mexico continued Saturday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from three hamlets on the volcano's slopes.

The civil defense office in Jalisco state said glowing-hot rock continued to flow down the volcano's southern and southeastern slopes, and vapor and ash emissions continued.

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