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Five cars still on fire in Illinois following oil train derailment carrying ND crude

train fireThe rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, according to railroad officials.

The fire continued to burn Friday, a day after the derailment in a rural area south of the city of Galena. No injuries were reported, but the accident was the latest in a series of failures for the safer tank-car model that has led some people calling for even tougher requirements.

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California drought caused by climate change, according to a new study

California droughtAccording to a new study, California's historic drought was caused primarily by climate change.

Researchers at Stanford looked at temperature, precipitation and drought data for California dating as far back as 1895. They found droughts are more common in warm and dry years, and those kinds of years have been more common the past few decades. They looked at the effect of greenhouse gases on weather patterns and found it was indeed increasing the likelihood of droughts occurring.

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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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