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Oil spill reported in North Dakota

Oil spill North DakotaThe government of North Dakota said it was responding to the spill of oil from a broken pipeline in the northern part of the state near the Canadian border.

The North Dakota Department of Health said it was responding to an oil spill about six miles southeast of Westhope. The agency said the spill was the result of a broken pipeline at a site owned by drilling company Enduro Operating.

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Volcano Alert: Thousands Of Intense Earthquakes Rock Iceland

Iceland volcanoesThousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.

Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange — the second-most severe level. The alert is worrisome because of the chaos that followed the April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul, when more than 100,000 flights were cancelled because volcanic ash floating in the atmosphere is considered an aviation safety hazard.

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4.2-magnitude quake shakes central Oklahoma; 10th quake in 2 days

Oklahoma earthquakesA 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma, at 7:41 a.m. CT (8:41 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Some posted on social media about being awakened by the temblor.

"I just went surfing in bed," tweeted Shelley Leveridge.

Someone in a shop in Edmund posted: "That was definitely the biggest one felt here at the store. #earthquake shook every bottle on the shelf."

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California evacuation orders issued as wildfire bears down near Yosemite

Yosemite wildfiresAuthorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in central California.

Sheriff John Anderson issued the evacuation orders late Monday and declared a local state of emergency in Madera County.

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Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

Oil spill into Ohio River- Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday.

The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati.

The spill was first reported at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. The plant is about 20 miles southeast but upstream of Cincinnati.

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Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English

maurice newman, global warming denierAs people’s understanding of climate science grows, among both experts and non-experts alike, we become more accepting of the fact that humans are the driving force behind global warming. That’s because the evidence supporting human-caused global warming is overwhelming; hence rejection of that reality is usually based on an incomplete understanding of the scientific evidence.

In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman offered a prime example of global warming denial last week. Writing in The Australian, Newman suggested that we’re headed for a period of global cooling due to declining solar activity and related influences from galactic cosmic rays, calling mainstream climate science “a religion.”

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Tibet's glaciers are warmer than they've been in 2,000 years

Tibetan glaciers warmingThe glacier-filled Tibetan plateau has warmed more over the last 50 years than it has in the preceding 2,000, according to researchers in China.

The Tibetan plateau is covered with tens of thousands of glaciers. The interlinked sheets of ice source the headwaters of the some of the world's largest rivers -- the Yellow and Yangtze in China, the Brahmaputra in India and the Mekong in Southeast Asia -- providing clean drinking water for more than 2 billion people. The snow-covered plateau is sometimes called the "roof of the world."

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