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Notre Dame Stops Burning Coal for Pope

Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame plans to stop burning coal within five years and to cut its carbon footprint by more than half in the next 15 years in response to Pope Francis’ plea for bold action to curb climate change.

Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, will announce today in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the university is planning to spend $113 million on renewable energy sources, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields, which would collectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 47,500 tons.


Destruction from California wildfires now tops 1,000 homes

California fires destroys more than one thousand homesIt has been several days since two huge wildfires in Northern California peaked in their ferocity, yet the damage they did is still being revealed daily.

The tally of homes destroyed topped 1,000 on Saturday after authorities assessing damage in the Sierra Nevada foothills counted another 250 houses destroyed by flames still threatening thousands of more structures.


EPA accuses Volkswagen of gaming emissions testing in nearly 500,000 cars

VolkswagenThe EPA has accused Volkswagen of unlawfully using special software to get around emissions regulations.

The company allegedly used a so-called "defeat device" on certain models dating back to 2009. The device works by only turning on emissions control when undergoing emissions testing, but not when the car is actually being driven normally and pollution is at its peak. "This results in cars that meet emissions standards in the laboratory or testing station, but during normal operation, emit nitrogen oxides, or NOx, at up to 40 times the standard," the EPA said in a statement.




Exxon Ignored Its Own Climate Science

Exxon ignored own cliate scienceAt a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

"In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.


Feds: Arctic sea ice levels shrink to 4th lowest level

Arctic sea iceFederal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Tuesday that the Arctic hit its summer minimum last week with 1.7 million square miles of sea ice, down 240,000 square miles from 2014.


Hawaii to experience worst-ever coral bleaching due to high ocean temperatures

Bleached coral in HawaiiWarmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen, scientists said.

Many corals are only just recovering from last year’s bleaching, which occurs when warm waters prompt coral to expel the algae they rely on for food, said Ruth Gates, the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. The phenomenon is called bleaching because coral lose their color when they push out algae.


Study Predicts 200 Feet Of Sea Level Rise If All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

Sea level rise prediction"To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all."

So says Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a new paper that paints a dire picture of our planet should we continue to extract and burn the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves.

Published Friday in the journal Science Advances, the study forecasts sea levels rising more than 200 feet should all fossil fuels be used by humanity. In such a scenario, the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, as well as every bit of land ice on Earth, would melt.


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