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Breakthrough may pave way for safer radioactive waste cleanup

ssafer waste clean-upScientists in England have developed a new technique for sniffing out and removing radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes from nuclear reactor components.

The latest breakthrough involved the examination of a concrete core from a cooling pond at a former nuclear power station in Ayrshire, England.

Scientists analyzed the core, which was coated and painted, and found the strontium isotopes had bonded with titanium oxide molecules found in the paint's white pigment.

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China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented

China to Trump: Not a hoaxTo President-elect Donald Trump’s assertion that climate change is a hoax “created by and for the Chinese,” China offers this: Wrong!

As Bloomberg reports, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Wednesday that it was Republican U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush ― not the Chinese ― who started the conversation about global warming.

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Charlotte, N.C., raises air quality alert level due to wildfires

NC firesWildfires in western North Carolina have prompted state environmental officials to raise the air quality alert level in the Charlotte region to Code Red, which means air is considered unhealthy for everyone.

"Older adults, children, active people, and those with heart or lung disease may experience more serious health effects," the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality warned Tuesday. "Everyone may experience health effects. Limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors."

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Trains collide in Florida, leak 15,000 gallons of fuel

Trains collide in Florida, spill fuelTwo CSX trains collided and overturned in Northern Florida early Wednesday morning, resulting in a fuel leak of up to 15,000 gallons, according to officials.

No injuries were reported in the head-on collision that occurred around 4:15 a.m. in Marion County, Fla., about an hour and a half north of Orlando.

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UN's Ban Ki-moon: Climate change action 'unstoppable'

Climate dealUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said action on climate change has become "unstoppable" and he expressed hopes that US President-elect Donald Trump will drop plans to quit a global accord aimed at weaning the world off fossil fuels.

At a meeting of almost 200 nations in Morocco to work out ways to implement the 2015 agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Ban said on Tuesday that US companies, states, and cities were all pushing to limit global warming.

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Fast-moving wildfire erupts near California's Angeles National Forest‬

new Califoria firesFire crews were battling a fast-forming fire on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Monday.

The fire, dubbed the Marek Fire, started at 5:41 a.m. in about a quarter of an acre in Tujunga Canyons, about 35 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport. It grew a few hours later to 25 acres and was moving southeast through drought-parched grass and brush, according to InciWeb, the national incident information system for wildfires. It was considered 50 percent contained.

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2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

Heat reccord set in 2016Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out in the past three years.

The reports injected a mix of gloom and hope at U.N. climate talks in Marrakech this week.

"Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016," said Petteri Taalas, the head of the World Meteorological Organization.


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