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Study warned of safety concerns & lax regulations at underground natural gas storage facilities six years before LA blowout. My latest story for InsideClimate News.  http://insideclimatenews.org/news/07012016/emergency-declared-california-massive-methane-leak-aliso-canyon-so-cal-evacuations-health-benzene-climate-change
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday related to a massive, ongoing methane gas leak near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of northwest Los Angeles. The Democratic governor ordered state agencies to protect public health and safety, oversee efforts to stop the 11-week-old leak and ensure that Southern California Gas Co.
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Medical Community Warns Climate Change Is an Imminent Public Health Threat. My latest for Inside Climate News. http://insideclimatenews.org/-cnews/09122015/medical-community-warns-climate-change-is-an-imminent-public-health-threat-paris-cop21-who 
An international alliance of doctors, nurses and other health professionals concerned about the impacts of climate change is urging governments to reach a strong agreement at the ongoing United Nations' climate negotiations in Paris. Declarations of a global medical consensus on climate change signed by 1,700 health organizations, 8,200 hospitals and health facilities and 13 million health professionals were released Saturday at the United Nation...
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The Baltimore oriole may be moving to Montreal ow.ly/RKmKh My latest for Inside Climate News http://insideclimatenews.org/news/02092015/climate-change-birds-rising-temperatures-threaten-north-america-habitat
More than half of North America's birds may lose most of their current home range by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.
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'New "Grey Swan" Storms Headed for Unprepared Shorelines' my latest for Inside Climate News.  http://insideclimatenews.org/news/31082015/climate-change-will-bring-%E2%80%9Cgrey-swan%E2%80%9D-storms-unprepared-shorelines-study-says
The odds of extreme tropical storms or hurricanes will go up significantly as the planet warms, according a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, and they are more likely to hit areas that don't yet consider themselves high-risk.
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21 years on, Into The Wild author Jon Krakauer gets geeky on how Chris McCandless really died. 
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Thanks for posting Phil; a riveting discovery. 
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Centuries of Melting Already Locked in for Polar Ice My latest for Inside Climate News. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/17122015/centuries-melting-locked-in-polar-ice-scientists-greenland-arctic-climate-change
The melting of polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers will likely continue for thousands of years, causing irreversible sea level rise, even if global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new report published last week during the climate negotiations in Paris.
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'If We Don't Stop Climate Change...What We See Right Now Is Just the Beginning' My latest, on Europe's migrant crisis, for Inside Climate News. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/13092015/migrant-crisis-syria-europe-climate-change
The surge of people fleeing  to Europe from the Middle East highlights how quickly mass migrations can occur. It  may also offer a glimpse of what's to come as climate change makes some regions around the world unlivable, according to a leading researcher on the human effects of climate change.
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A report released Wednesday examining the pay practices of the 30 largest publicly held U.S. oil, gas, and coal companies concluded that pay incentives for the companies' chief executives encourages reckless behavior and is hastening a climate crisis.
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Deforestation will cost the Earth an India-sized patch of forest by mid-century––a crippling blow to the climate––but carbon pricing could halve the loss, according to a new study.
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Melting to Keep Cool, my latest for NOVA Next. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/melting-to-keep-cool/
Some new materials will keep us cool, others will store so much heat they would make us melt. Collectively, they will help us save energy.
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Like this and Parabolic reflectors may be answer for North Korea   energy sources  besides  plant and tree donations....from Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, other Philanthropic sources....  R L Harrisen et al
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