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Earthquakes in southern Kansas linked to hydraulic fracturing for oil, gas

Kansas earthquakes linked to fracking Seismographs have documented a significant increase in earthquakes in southern Kansas over the last five years, and the latest research suggests the oil and gas industry's hydraulic fracturing activity is to blame.

Prior to 2012, no documented magnitude 4 or greater earthquake had shaken southern Kansas. Between 2012 and 2016, as oil and gas activity increased, seismographs registered six such earthquakes.


Trump’s Climate-Denying Coal Lobbyist Nominee Inches Closer To EPA’s No. 2 Job

Wheeler, climate denier, inching closer to EPA #2 job

Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Environmental Protection Agency deputy administrator, appeared poised and polished at his Senate confirmation hearing in November.

He couched his objections to widely accepted climate science in ambiguous legalese, and kept his cool when, at the same hearing, Kathleen Hartnett-White, the president’s pick for the Council on Environmental Quality, flamed out, stammering over questions of basic science.


Migrant boat capsizes leaving Lybia; 90 feared dead

Migrant boat caapsizes, 90 feared dead

At least 90 people are feared drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s migrant boat capsized, the UN’s migration agency has said.

Ten bodies have so far washed ashore near the Libyan town of Zuwara, Olivia Headon, a spokeswoman for International Organisation for Migration, said. Eight were believed to be Pakistani, and two Libyan.


Saudi-led coalition killed 68 children in Yemen: UN

Yemeni children being killedThe Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen is responsible for the deaths of scores of children since last summer, a United Nations report says.

Al Jazeera obtained excerpts from the confidential report by the UN Office on Children and Armed Conflict, which was sent to the UN Security Council on January 19.

According to the excerpts, the Saudi-led coalition killed 68 children and wounded 36 others from July to September 2017.

The report found there were at least 20 coalition raids every day - some targeting schools and homes.


Arctic lakes are emitting young carbon

Arctic lakes For now, the most ancient carbon remains locked up and frozen deep in the Arctic tundra. The latest investigation of the Arctic's carbon cycle suggests Arctic lakes are emitting relatively young carbon.

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine used carbon-14 dating methods to identify the age of carbon molecules escaping lakes in northern Alaska. Researchers sampled a diverse array of lakes -- during both summer and winter -- spread across Alaska's North Slope.


Paris on high alert as river Seine continues to rise

Paris braced for flooding as Seine countinues to rise

Paris remains on high alert as the swollen river Seine continues to rise, with forecasters saying water levels could stay high next week, especially if France has more rain.

Leaks started to appear in some basements on Friday, while some residents on the city’s outskirts were forced to travel by boat through waterlogged streets.

The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Orangerie museums were on high alert, with the lower level of the Louvre’s Islamic arts wing closed to visitors.


EPA Reverses Decades-Old ‘Forever’ Air-Pollution Policy

EPA regulation on air quality reversedThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

The decision to withdraw the “once-in always-in” policy is part of President Donald Trump’s effort to roll back federal regulations and was sought by utilities, the petroleum industry and others.

Sources of air pollution previously classified as “major sources” may be reclassified as “area” sources when the facility limits its emissions below “major source” thresholds, the EPA said. Area sources are subject to less strict pollution control standards than major sources.



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