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Michael Moore says he’s going to frack off coast near Mar-a-Lago

Michael Moore to frack off Mar a Lago

Liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore threatened to begin fracking off the Florida coast near President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

His tweet appeared to be a response to a new administration proposal to increase offshore drilling for natural gas.

"Our fracking off the coast of Mar-a-Lago begins right after Labor Day," Moore said in a tweet referencing his upcoming TNT documentary series "Live From the Apocalypse." "I’ve already got the rig — a beautiful Halliburton G-0008 fracking system with a monster Caterpillar engine!"

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Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods

Climate change means more floodingGlobal warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday.

Using computer simulations, researchers in Germany examined the impact of changing rainfall patterns by region and found that flood defenses will need to be improved particularly in the United States, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia and Central Europe.

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New York City plans to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue oil companies

NYC to divest $5b from fossil fuels and sue oil companiesNew York City is seeking to lead the assault on both climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue the world’s most powerful oil companies over their contribution to dangerous global warming.

City officials have set a goal of divesting New York’s $189bn pension funds from fossil fuel companies within five years in what they say would be “among the most significant divestment efforts in the world to date”. Currently, New York City’s five pension funds have about $5bn in fossil fuel investments. New York state has already announced it is exploring how to divest from fossil fuels.

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At Least 13 Dead As Mudslides Crush Cars And Carry Off Homes In Southern California

Mudslide kills 2 inCalifornia

At least 13 people have lost their lives in the Santa Barbara County and many more have lost their homes and cars as heavy rains brought mudslides and flooding to Southern California Tuesday. Vegetation which would normally hold the hillsides together was burned away in last month’s wild fires, leaving the area venerable.

Most of the deaths are believed to have occurred in the wealthy suburb of LA, Montecito, according to the Associated Press. Residents told the AP that the hillside began to destabilize in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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$306bn in one year: US bill for natural disasters smashes record

$306bn in one year: US bill for natural disasters

With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306bn, according to a new government report released on Monday.

The US had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215bn in 2005.

Costs are adjusted for inflation and Noaa keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980.

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Trump administration plans to allow drilling off all U.S. waters

Trump moves to vastly increase offshore drillingThe Trump administration unveiled a controversial plan Thursday to permit drilling in all U.S. waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic, where oil and gas exploration is opposed by governors from New Jersey to Florida, nearly a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Defense Department.

More than 3 billion barrels of oil is recoverable on the outer continental shelf, along with more than 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the Interior Department, which announced the plan. States stand to gain royalties from extraction of these natural resources, and drilling could create hundreds of jobs.

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Quarter Of World’s Land Will Be Permanently Drier If Paris Climate Goals Are Not Met

Quarter of earth to dry up if Paris goals not metIf the Earth’s temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius in the next 30-some years, more than 25 percent of the earth will dry up, according to a new climate study.

Projections of 27 global climate models determined that 24 to 32 percent of the world’s total land surface would suffer from aridification with a 2 degree increase, according to a Nature Climate Change study published Monday.

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Vehicles are now America's biggest CO2 source but EPA is tearing up regulations

Vehicles are now America's biggest source of CO2Some of the most common avatars of climate change – hulking power stations and billowing smokestacks – may need a slight update. For the first time in more than 40 years, the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US isn’t electricity production but transport – cars, trucks, planes, trains and shipping.

Emissions data has placed transport as the new king of climate-warming pollution at a time when the Trump administration is reviewing or tearing up regulations that would set tougher emissions standards for car and truck companies. Republicans in Congress are also pushing new fuel economy rules they say will lower costs for American drivers but could also weaken emissions standards.

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AP finds climate change risk for 327 toxic Superfund sites AP finds climate change risk for 327 toxic Superfund sites

Climate change risk to superfund sites

This year's historic hurricane season exposed a little-known public health threat: Highly polluted sites that can be inundated by floodwaters, potentially spreading toxic contamination.

In Houston, more than a dozen Superfund sites were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, with breaches reported at two. In the Southeast and Puerto Rico, Superfund sites were battered by driving rains and winds from Irma and Maria.

The vulnerable sites highlighted by AP's review are scattered across the nation, but Florida, New Jersey and California have the most, and the most people living near them. They are in largely low-income, heavily minority neighborhoods, the data show.

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