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Phenomenal success for new film that criticises China's environmental policy

China pollution videoIt has been compared to Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s seminal work that shaped US environmental policy. Chai Jing, a former Chinese state television reporter, has produced a widely seen video documentary weaving her personal concerns for her daughter with a damning indictment of China’s toothless environmental policy.

Since its release online on Saturday, Under the Dome has notched up some 100m views on major Chinese video portals such as Tencent and Youku. It has also prompted 280 million posts on Sina Weibo, a microblogging site.

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Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'

AntarcticaFrom the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.

Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.

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Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster

Antarctic glaciersFrom the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth.

Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea, 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.

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Dallas area has another quake, 3.1 magnitude near Irving

Irving, Dallas earthquakeThe Dallas area has had another minor earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.1 magnitude quake happened at 6:18 a.m. CST Friday. The quake was centered 3 miles east-northeast of Irving.

Police in Irving had no immediate reports of damage or anyone hurt in Friday morning's earthquake.  Seismologists have said that dozens of small quakes rattling North Texas in recent months were concentrated along a narrow 2 mile subsurface fault.

TVNL Comment:  Keep on frackin'.

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Earthquake recorded overnight in Virginia

Virginia earthquakeThe U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 2.5 earthquake in Goochland at 3:48 a.m. The quake occurred about 24 miles northwest of Richmond.

Earlier this month, the USGS announced it had located a new fault zone in the aftermath of the Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake that rattled the entire East Coast.

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U.S. Seas Rose to 'Unprecedented' Record Levels

sea level riseSea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm in two years, according to a report in the journal, Nature Communications.

Coastal areas will need to prepare for short term and extreme sea level events, say US scientists.  Climate models suggest extreme sea level rises will become more common this century.

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, The Third Veto Of His Presidency

Keystone XL pipelinePresident Barack Obama formally vetoed legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, the latest development in what has become an ongoing standoff between him and congressional Republicans over approval of the controversial pipeline.

This is only the third veto of Obama's presidency, but it's likely not the last. Congressional Republicans are poised to send a number of other measures to Obama's desk that he is expected to reject, including changes to his signature health care reform law.

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