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Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Yale Study Finds

Fracking chemicals linked to cancerYet another study has determined that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might be a major public health threat. In one of the most exhaustive reviews to date, researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have confirmed that many of the chemicals involved and released by the controversial drilling process can be linked to cancer.

"Previous studies have examined the carcinogenicity of more selective lists of chemicals," lead author Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., assistant professor explained to the school. "To our knowledge, our analysis represents the most expansive review of carcinogenicity of hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals in the published literature."


5.5 Earthquake Hits Central Italy, Tremors Felt In Rome

Earthquake hits ItalyA 5.5-magnitude earthquake Wednesday hit central Italy, about 50 miles north of the site of a deadly quake in August that killed nearly 300 people, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was south-southwest of Visso and the initial depth is estimated at 10 kilometers (6 miles). The quake hit at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) between Perugia and Macerata, according to ANSA.

DiCaprio's Climate Doc Exposes Destruction of Rainforest for Palm Oil as Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

Rain forest destructionA new documentary produced and starring actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio premieres in Los Angeles today and will be broadcast globally in 45 languages in 171 countries on the National Geographic Channel starting Oct. 30, timed to air in advance of the November elections.

The film highlights the critical role forest destruction plays in driving carbon pollution into Earth's atmosphere and focuses specifically on how the rapid spread of industrial palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia are at the heart of this crisis. The film It is directed by Fisher Stevens who, like DiCaprio, is an Academy Award winner.

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Renewables just passed coal as the largest source of new electricity worldwide

Reign of coal is overIt’s been a long run, coal, but your reign is over.

Renewable energy sources have passed coal as the largest new source of electricity in the world, according data released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The transition of the world’s energy sources is critical for avoiding a 2°C rise in global temperatures. Coal, for instance, represented about a quarter of U.S. CO2 emissions in 2012.


6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan; little damage reported

6.6 earthquake in JapanA suspected 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook western Japan's Tottori prefecture Friday afternoon, causing some injuries and property damage, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The temblor struck near the city of Kurayoshi, west of Osaka, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

At least 10 injuries were reported, fire officials said, and some buildings were damaged. The earthquake temporarily disrupted highway travel, bullet train service and airport schedules, and nearly 80,000 homes endured a temporary power blackout. No injuries were reported at the region's nuclear power plants, which were automatically powered down, and no tsunami warning was announced.



Atchison, Kan., residents urged to shelter in place after chemical spill

MGP spillA spill at the MGP Ingredients Inc. chemical plant in the Kansas city of Atchison has led officials to recommend residents shelter in place on Friday.

The Atchison City Manager's Office said the chemical leak could be an airborne chlorine powder, though the company has not confirmed, KSHB Kansas City reports.


Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph -- days after Typhoon Sarika killed three people in the Pacific island nation.

The storm hit land near Peñablanca late Wednesday as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, forecasters said, and was expected to pass over or near Ilocos Norte and Apayao.Haima has brought maximum sustained winds of about 140 mph with gusts of 195 mph to the islands.

The most severe tropical cyclone warning has been issued for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao in the Luzon island.


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