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Utah's Brian Head wildfire torches more homes as residents flee

Utah fires causes more to fleeA wildfire menacing the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head for nearly a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday.

The blaze was one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat challenges firefighters.  The Utah fire that's charred 51.5 square miles near the town of Brian Head has destroyed a total of 13 homes, Forest Service spokeswoman Cigi Burton said.

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Church Of England ‘Colluded And Concealed’ Sex Abuse Of Young Men, Report Finds

Church of England sex abuse in reportThe Church of England failed to respond appropriately to victims who accused a former bishop of sexual misconduct decades ago, an independent report released on Thursday has found.

The review claims bishops and other senior leaders in the centuries-old religious institution were more concerned with protecting the church’s image than listening to men and boys who were abused by former bishop Peter Ball.

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Oil giants back carbon tax proposal

Oil companies support carbon taxMajor oil companies are lining up behind an idea from former top Republicans to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Climate Leadership Council, which is pushing the idea, on Tuesday announced that Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total are among a group of “Founding Members” for its campaign. Other major corporate and individual members are also included.

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Oil giants back carbon tax proposal

Oil companies support carbon taxMajor oil companies are lining up behind an idea from former top Republicans to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Climate Leadership Council, which is pushing the idea, on Tuesday announced that Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total are among a group of “Founding Members” for its campaign. Other major corporate and individual members are also included.

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A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate chang

THird of world will suffer heat wavesNearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it “almost inevitable” that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found.

Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world’s population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut.

“For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,” said Camilo Mora, an academic at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study.

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The radical idea behind Trump’s EPA rollbacks

Scott PruittThe Trump administration isn’t just pushing to dramatically shrink the Environmental Protection Agency, chop a third of its budget and hobble its regulatory powers. It’s also trying to permanently limit the EPA’s mission — while portraying doing so as a return to the agency's roots.

What Administrator Scott Pruitt calls his “Back to Basics” agenda would refocus the agency on narrow goals such as cleaning up toxic waste and providing safe drinking water — the kinds of issues that inspired the EPA’s creation in 1970 amid a public outcry about burning rivers and smog-filled skies. But it would abandon the Obama administration’s climate regulations, along with other efforts that Pruitt argues exceed the agency’s legal authority.

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It could hit 120 degrees in the Southwest this weekend

Heatwave in southwestThe heat will be on "high" in the Desert Southwest the next several days.

Temperatures are expected to soar well over 110 degrees in portions of Arizona, Nevada and California by the weekend and into early next week, the National Weather Service warned.

Many desert locations, including Phoenix, could climb as high as 115 to 120 degrees Sunday through Wednesday, the weather service said. That could rival the all-time high temperature of 122 degrees set at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in 1990.

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