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Top News: Environment

Study shows southwestern U.S. on verge of a 'megadrought'

Due to human-caused climate change, the very real possibility of the southwestern region of the United States experiencing a prolonged drought has been estimated at 50 percent. The chance of the region having a "megadrought" lasting 30 years is also high.

Napa quake caused $300 million in private property damage

Napa - Sunday's early morning earthquake caused $300 million worth of damage to private property in the city of Napa, officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Why is obvious human-induced climate change ignored?

Human activity, at least in one way, obviously changes the local climate. As more local climates are warmed by human activity, the globe will eventually grow hotter. Why is it ignored?

Oil companies fracking dangerously close to water sources

According to a new study performed by researches at Stanford University, oil and gas companies are fracking much closer to underground water sources than previously thought.

Op-Ed: What the world does not know about Fukushima could kill us

How big does a cover-up have to get, and how many children have to die before the world wakes up to the truth about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Almost from the onset of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the world has not been told the truth.

ExxonMobile to pay $1.4 million after 2012 pipeline spill

The Department of Justice announced today that ExxonMobile Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for its alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 Northline crude oil spill in Louisiana.

Dandruff fungus found in deep-sea vents

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents.

Gaping 30 metre wide sinkhole appears in Durham and gets bigger

Bishop Auckland - A gaping void has appeared suddenly in County Durham in the countryside of north-east England — safety officials have estimated the sinkhole to be 100ft (30 metres) wide — and it's getting bigger.

NEB begins talks with First Nations over controversial pipeline

Edmonton - Canada's National Energy Board began hearings today in Edmonton with First Nations groups as part of its review process regarding Kinder Morgan's proposed Alberta to B.C. coast pipeline expansion project.

The Great Barrier Reef: The battle rages on

Once again, serious questions are being raised about the decision to allow the dumping of dredge spoil in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Blood-sucking parasite and quail decline connection

In the summer of 2010, the Rolling Plains of West Texas expected a bumper crop of quail. By October, they nearly had vanished. A new study shows the cause to be a blood-sucking parasite.

Woman sparks 51,000 acre wildfire to help bored firefighters

An Oregon women admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer because her firefighter friends were bored and needed some work.

Indian government aims to clean river Ganga in three years

New Delhi - India's newly-elected Narendra Modi-led government had made a poll promise of cleaning the polluted holy river, Ganga. It has now set a deadline of three years to clean up the river, according to water resources minister Uma Bharti.

Elephant poaching continues at a 'rapid pace'

A new, disturbing report shows that tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years.

Op-Ed: We need more bike lanes to prevent accidents

Richmond - Wearing a bicycle helmet is required in many cities across the United States and Canada, but that might not be enough to prevent bicycle safety.

What has happened to global warming?

There has been an apparent hiatus in global warming, much to the delight of the climate-change naysayers. Climate scientists are perplexed over the slowdown in rising surface temperatures, even though atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to increase.

Op-Ed: New research puts Global Warming on ice

New global warming research disputes the dire predictions of global warming activists who look at man’s pollution of the environment through a fuzzy political lens.

France forced to import wheat because of poor quality of harvest

France is the European Union's top wheat grower and exporter. But because of an unusually wet summer, France will be forced to buy Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its poor quality crop to meet existing contracts.

If you have a hard time finding Nutella, blame it on the weather

Fans of hazelnut-infused products might want to think about stocking up. Turkey, which supplies 70 percent of the globe's hazelnuts, was hit with severe frosts and hail storms in March, just at the time hazelnut tree flowers were flowering.
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