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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

FrackingIn Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties.

Landowners are bitterly disputing the deductions that some drillers have been taking from their royalty checks amid a historic collapse in natural gas prices.

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Gasoline prices spike after Alabama pipeline leak

Gasoline prices spike after Alabama leakRetail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline's gasoline line that carries fuel to the East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak.

Colonial said on Saturday evening that it would construct a bypass that circumvents the leak, which occurred more than a week ago in Shelby County, Alabama. It is unclear when construction will be completed but the company has previously said it anticipates reopening the line, which can carry up to 1.2 million barrels of gasoline a day, later this week.

The volume of the spill is estimated to be 6,000 to 8,000 barrels.

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Polar Bears Are Facing Shorter Ice Seasons, And That’s Terrible News

Polar bears are facing shorter ice seasonThe future for polar bears is grim if Arctic sea ice continues shrinking at current rates, suggests new research from the University of Washington.

The fact that sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing as global temperatures rise is not new information. But this study, published in science journal “The Cryosphere” Wednesday, is an important landmark in that it’s “polar bear-centric,” researcher Kristin Laidre of the UW’s Polar Science Center told The Huffington Post.

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Peru Hit by 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake

Peru earthquakeA large, deep earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted northern Peru's Amazon region early Saturday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake that registered at 5:08 a.m. local time (1008 GMT) was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the jungle city of Moyobamba. It was located very deep under the ground, about 70 miles (114 kilometers).

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In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

Destroyed wildernessOver the past 20 years, a mere blink of an eye in our species’ 200,000-year existence, humans have managed to eliminate 10 percent of the world’s wilderness, a new analysis has found.

Globally, the authors write, the “catastrophic declines” in wilderness area over the last two decades add up to about 1.27 million square miles ― an area twice the size of Alaska.

Hardest hit was the Amazon, which has lost 30 percent of its wilderness area since the early 1990s. In Central Africa, 14 percent of the totalwilderness area has vanished.

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The panda is no longer endangered, conservation group says

Pandas no lopnger endangered- The giant panda has been officially removed from the endangered species list, the international body for species protection said on Sunday.

The iconic conservation species native to China, has been taken off the list -- officially known as the Red List of Threatened Species -- after decades of work by the Chinese government and conservationists. The black and white bear will now move up to the "vulnerable" designation, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Eastern gorilla now critically endangered due to illegal hunting

Eastern gorillasHumanity has moved a step closer to wiping out our closest evolutionary relatives, with four of the six great ape species now listed internationally as critically endangered.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the eastern gorilla, the largest living primate, as critically endangered in its latest “red list” of threatened species. The eastern gorilla has suffered a 70% population collapse over the past 20 years, primarily due to illegal hunting.

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