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Tensions have heightened between Israeli and Lebanese troops near the site of a tourist center being built on Lebanon’s side of the Hatzbani River, which Israel fears will be used to divert water,The Jerusalem Post reported. 9.5 billion metric tons of sewage, approximately 76 percent of the total amount generated in China’s Guangdong province in […]

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Drinking water is safe to consume in the small Pennsylvania town of Dimock, where residents complained about hydraulic fracturing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, this Reuters analysis shows that insurers find it tough to price the risk from hydraulic fracturing. A NASA scientist has for the first time tied specific weather events, […]

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A new report by a U.S.-Canadian advisory panel recommends against large-scale engineering projects to control the Great Lakes water levels, saying people across the region should instead adapt to nature’s swings, Detroit Free Press reported. Chicago has announced a $7 billion, three-year plan to transform the city’s infrastructure. The program, which will touch nearly every […]

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Shale gas drilling is off to a disappointing start for investors in Poland, the country thought to have the biggest unconventional gas reserves in Europe, according to Bloomberg News. Explorers in Poland are confronting rising costs, a lack of rigs, tighter environmental rules and shale layers that are harder to drill than expected. China’s biggest […]

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Dams on the tributaries of the Mekong River could have a bigger negative effect on fish biodiversity and food security than the hydropower stations on the main river, new research shows, according to the journal Nature. Extreme weather and climate change signal the emergence of a new normal that increases the risks at the intersections […]

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The world should brace for more record-breaking temperatures, heat waves, droughts and heavy downpours as climate change will likely increase the risk from extreme weather events, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the BBC reported. The World Resources Institute summarizes the five takeaways from the report. And Ceres highlights […]

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Developing countries are bearing the brunt of environmental burdens — including drought, water pollution and extreme weather — with little help from prosperous countries, according to the United Nations Development Program’s newest annual report on worldwide quality of life, the Associated Press reported. The report also says that progress made in these developing countries could […]

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U.S. coal companies have donated $1.5 million to House Speaker John Boehner’s political operation this year, The Wall Street Journal reported. Is this going to play a role in new and proposed environmental regulations? California’s Central Basin Municipal Water District is paying nearly $200,000 in taxpayer money for favorable online articles “written in the image […]

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Astronomers have discovered the largest and oldest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe — a gigantic, 12-billion-year-old cloud, with a mass at least 140 trillion times bigger than all the water in the Earth’s oceans, and 100,000 times more massive than the Sun, Space.com reported. Why do rising global average temperatures lead to […]

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Climate change became a hot-button issue at a recent U.N. Security Council meeting.

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Map Weather Extremes Floods Droughts Tornados

Extreme weather events in 2011 have been numerous and diverse, prompting some analysts to link the natural disasters to climate change. Most recently, many states are under exceptional-drought and extreme-heat advisories.

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Climate change made the floods that inundated England and Wales in 2000 between two and three times more likely to happen, according to a new study that promises to break ground in climate science, the Guardian reports. The findings suggest that experts can now not only trace the role of climate change in causing weather […]

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