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EU climate change chief: Obama has six months to take substantial action

EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie HedegaardBarack Obama has six months to deliver on the promises he made in a rousing speech at the United Nations climate change summit, Europe’s climate action commissioner said.

Obama, in a well-received address on Tuesday, promised the United States would play a leading role in reaching an international agreement to fight climate change, due to be finalised in Paris at the end of next year.

Connie Hedegaard, who is responsible for ensuring the European Union meets its climate change obligations, told the Guardian that after the president’s speech raised expectations, other countries, especially the rising economies of China, India and Brazil, will be looking closely at what the US has to offer in six months.

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Fukushima, Japan Rocked By Two Earthquakes in One Hour; Epicenter Near Nuclear Plants

japan earthquakesA pair of moderate earthquakes struck just off the coast of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture Wednesday, close to the nuclear power plants crippled by the March 2011 tsunami. There were no early reports of damage, injuries, or new problems at the nuclear plants.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the first earthquake struck at 9:45 p.m. JST (8:45 a.m. EDT in the U.S.) and registered a magnitude of 5.0. The second quake, a slightly stronger magnitude-5.2 tremor, struck 46 minutes later.

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Secret lists hide natural gas high risk service areas

gas leak explosionA USA TODAY investigation has identified a secret list of risky natural gas pipelines all over the Washington area.

WUSA9 is battling to get it, but gas companies and state regulators are fighting releasing the list to the public.

Our review uncovered the list while researching tens of thousands of miles of aging cast iron and metal pipeline in America's natural gas infrastructure.

About 2,000 miles of the cast iron pipelines are in our area.

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How a 3-Minute Film Is Making a Long-Term Difference on Climate Change

climate conferenceThis is the story of how a three-minute film watched by over 120 world leaders at the United Nations this morning was produced by a newly empty nested mother of three who had never produced a minute of film before.

It began 26 years ago when my friend, Cindy Horn, and I were pregnant with our first born and concerned about what the scientific community was telling us about the man-made threat to the planet that was soon to welcome our innocent babies.

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After historic climate march, protesters flood Wall Street

Flood Wall StreetSeveral dozen protesters have been arrested in New York City’s financial district, after they occupied the corner of Wall Street and Broadway to protest what they say is finance capital’s role in perpetuating climate change. The arrests capped an 11-hour march and protest – an event billed as “Flood Wall Street” – in the heart of the world’s financial capital. Organizers claim that the rally included 3,000 people at its peak.

The protest, which took place on Monday, was a smaller companion piece to the People’s Climate March, which had occurred the day before. That march was by far the single largest environmental rally in history, drawing an estimated 310,000 people from all over the world, according to organizers. Police did not confirm or deny the turnout. Whereas that march was designed to appeal to the broadest slice of potential supporters possible, Flood Wall Street is more overtly radical in both its rhetoric and tactics.

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Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

Rockefeller brother's fundThe family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.

The announcement, timed to precede Tuesday’s opening of the United Nations climate change summit meeting in New York City, is part of a broader and accelerating initiative.

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More drought forecast next year across West

drought in USForecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the week ahead, according to the National Weather Service, and experts say the three-year drought isn't likely to be relieved in October, November and December.

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