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Climate Change Denier's Research Is Funded By Oil Interests

Wei-Hock SoonFor years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity.

One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming.

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US charges Duke Energy with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

Duke enrgy chargedFederal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Duke Energy with years of illegal pollution from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

The three U.S. Attorney's Offices covering the state on Friday all charged Duke with felony violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation's largest electricity company engaged in unlawful dumping since at least 2010 at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly.

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Montana oil spill response stalled by weather

Montana oil spillCrews working to respond to an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana said they haven't been able to work for a week because of frigid weather.

Much of the eastern half of the United States is in a deep freeze. Snow is forecast by the National Weather Service for parts of Montana, with highs below freezing for Friday. Weekend highs will struggle to break 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

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New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report

NYC could see 6 feet of ocean riseClimate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released Tuesday from a panel of scientific experts.

In its 2015 report, the New York City Panel on Climate Change found that the most populous city in the United States is expected to see more frequent heat waves and extreme precipitation events. This is in line with the national and international trends other leading scientific bodies have observed.

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Fracking is shaking up Holland : Gas-rich province protests quakes

Holland fracking earthquakesTo enjoy a quieter life, Franziska Selmeier, 54, decided decades ago to move to Slochteren, a town of 15,000 people in the northernmost province of the Netherlands.

But life in Groningen isn't as calm as she imagined. Last year, the area was hit with 84 earthquakes. "We are being terrorized by these tremors," Selmeier said. "Your house is supposed to be your safe place. It is really not anymore."

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Document: Canadian Police View Environmentalists, Not Climate Change, as Real Threat

ottawa demonstrationCanadian environmental organizations could pose a potential threat to national security and are attempting to make the fossil fuel industry look bad.

Such was the assessment of what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) referred to as the "anti-petroleum movement" in a document dated Jan. 24, 2014, and titled Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Assessment.

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Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken oil field burn victims

Bakken burn victimFlames seared the pants off Kyle’s legs as he raced across a bed of ruddy red rocks, screaming for help.

A pipe on a machine processing oil at high heat had burst, soaking him in methanol and sparking a fire.  “You could just feel it cooking my legs,” he said. “It almost sounded like chicken frying in an oiler.”

Hours later, Kyle woke up at Regions Hospital in St. Paul last month, after a 600-mile plane ride from the oil fields of North Dakota. His legs were burned so deeply that the bottom layer of skin would never grow back. It was the worst pain he’d ever felt.

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