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Typhoon Chan-Hom forces evacuation of 1 million in China

China typhoonMore than 1 million people were evacuated in eastern China as Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall.

The storm's powerful winds knocked out power and collapsed houses, and thousands of businesses were affected by flooding, said the government-run Xinhua News Agency. The storm made landfall shortly before 5 p.m. local time in the Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan. Authorities reported no immediate casualties. Television coverage showed waves breaking over storm surge barriers along the coast, and passenger ferries were forced to cancel service.


Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

Colorado fracking Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is still unclear in Colorado.

A ballot fight could be shaping up for Colorado's 2016 election.

A task force convened by Gov. John Hickenlooper tried to find a compromise in the debate over how much the industry should be regulated, but it didn't go far enough for fracking critics.


Sea Levels Could Rise at Least 20 Feet

Sea level could rise 20 feetEven if world manages to limit global warming to 2°C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 feet) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process.

That finding comes from a new paper published on Thursday in Science that shows how high sea levels rose the last time carbon dioxide levels were this high.


Drought, heat threaten trout and salmon

salmon threatened by droughtDrought and record hot weather are producing lethal conditions for salmon and trout in rivers across the West.

A recent survey released Wednesday of the lower reaches of 54 rivers in Oregon, California and Washington by the conservation group Wild Fish Conservancy showed nearly three-quarters had temperatures higher than 70 degrees, considered potentially deadly for salmon and trout.


Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

ExxonExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations that could hurt its bottom line, over a generation ago – factoring that knowledge into its decision about an enormous gas field in south-east Asia.


One dead, four injured in Washington ice cave collapse

Washington ice cave collapseOne hiker was killed and at least four others were injured when an ice cave collapsed Monday after officials warned warm temperatures would melt the ice and weaken the caves.

More than 100 rescue workers tried to free all of those trapped under debris at the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, located about 70 miles north of Seattle. One person, who was not identified, died. Four others, three adults and a child, were taken to area hospitals with injuries that include broken bones.


Koch Industries spent €0.5m lobbying EU on environmental protection

Koch money fights climate changeA notorious funder of climate sceptics in the US has spent at least €550,000 (£390,908) lobbying the EU on environmental protections and energy issues over the past three years.

An obscure entry on the EU’s voluntary transparency register shows that up to €750,000 (£533,049) may have been spent by Koch Industries, the largest private energy company in the US, on trying to influence EU policy.


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