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California wildfires prompt warnings of extreme danger amid evacuations

California wildfires prompt warningsContinuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes in California led on Saturday to red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger amid gusty winds and scorching, dry air.

For a second day, triple-digit highs were forecast for many regions of southern California. On Friday, the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles topped out at 111F (44C) while Palm Springs recorded 115F (46C), and even San Diego and beaches hit the 80s.

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'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

Heat DomeIt's really hot in most of the mainland United States right now. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the triple digits through the weekend in much of the South, Midwest and along the East Coast.  The culprit: a "heat dome."

It's a real meteorological event — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration even took the time to define it in the agency's warning this week:

"A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from escaping. The air is forced to sink back to the surface, warming even further on the way. This phenomenon will result in dangerously hot temperatures that will envelop the nation throughout the week."

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Study: Earth on pace for hottest year on record

Hottest year on record{ 2016The Earth is on pace for its warmest year on record, which would surpass a figure set just last year.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations weather body, formally predicted a record-breaking 2016 in a Thursday report. The study tied the heat records to climate change, saying temperatures and low levels of Arctic sea ice are strong indicators of global warming.

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Fracking wells may increase asthma attacks, study says

Fracking increases asthmaEver wondered if your asthma attacks can be tied to the fracking wells near your house? You are probably right.

Asthma patients are 1.5 to four times more likely to have asthma attacks if they live near bigger or a larger number of unconventional natural gas development wells, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

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Hottest June ever: Record-setting warming streak continues

Climate trends continue with hottest June on recordLast month was the warmest June in history, keeping alive the streak of warmest months in modern history. That's the latest news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For 14 straight months, the average monthly global temperature record has been broken. It's the longest streak since NOAA began tracking global temperatures 137 years ago.

The average global land surface temperature was more than two degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average.

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500 elephants find new home in massive African relocation

500 elephants find new homeHalf a dozen African elephants lay strewn on a riverside plain in Malawi, immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter in a massive project to move 500 elephants, by truck and crane, to a sanctuary for the threatened species.

As development squeezes Africa's wildlife areas, this kind of man-made animal migration is increasingly seen as a conservation strategy in Malawi, one of the continent's most densely populated countries, and beyond.

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Why a federal court ruled against the US Navy, in favor of whales

Whales protected by federal courtA new court ruling has been issued in the ongoing conflict between the US Navy and marine wildlife advocates. This time, the ruling has come down in favor of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals that are adversely affected by naval use of sonar.

Sonar, which involves navigation or detection of underwater objects using sound waves, is a natural phenomenon used by whales and dolphins to locate prey or members of their pod. Yet the human-developed version of sonar can be harmful to marine mammals and their feeding and mating patterns.

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Obama toughens Arctic drilling rules

Arctic drilllingThe Obama administration rolled out a suite of new regulatory standards Thursday to strengthen offshore oil and natural gas safety in the unique, unforgiving Arctic Ocean.

It’s the first time that the federal government has put forth specific safety rules for the Arctic, which is vastly different in numerous ways from more developed offshore drilling areas like the Gulf of Mexico.

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Climate change: the missing issue of the 2016 campaign

climate change missing in 2016 electionThe race for the White House is failing to grapple with the key issues of the day, especially the urgent need to combat climate change before atmospheric changes become irreversible, a slice of the American electorate believes.

As the primary election season turns toward a head-to-head between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there is increasing anger and frustration over the nature of the contest. A Guardian call-out to online readers in the US asking them to reflect on the race so far was met by a barrage of criticism on the tone and substance of the world’s most important election – with the two main parties, individual candidates and the media all coming under heavy fire.

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