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The Fracking Boom Could End Way Sooner Than Obama Thinks

Fracking boom could endPresident Obama is fond of touting America's vast trove of natural gas—and the energy (read: economic growth) it can provide—as a reason to support fracking. "Our 100-year supply of natural gas is a big factor in drawing jobs back to our shores," he told a gathering at Northwestern University in October.

You can hear that same optimism about US natural gas production from Democrats, Republicans, and of course, the industry itself. The conviction that America can fuel its economy by churning out massive amounts of natural gas for decades has become a core assumption of national energy policy. But what if it's wrong?

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2014 set to be world's hottest year ever

Hottest year ever - 2014The world is on course for the hottest year ever in 2014, the United Nations weather agency said on Wednesday, heightening the sense of urgency around climate change negotiations underway in Lima.

Preliminary estimates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) found global average land and sea surface temperatures for the first 10 months of 2014 had soared higher than ever recorded.

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NASA: Antarctic ice loss triples in a decade

Antarctic ide loss tripledThe melt rate of glaciers in west Antarctica has tripled in the past 10 years due in large part to global warming, according to a new study.

That surge means the glaciers lost a Mount Everest-sized amount of water every two years over the past 21 years, at roughly a mass of 91.5 billion tons per year, according to scientists at NASA and the University of California-Irvine.

"The mass loss of these glaciers is increasing at an amazing rate," study co-author and scientist Isabella Velicogna of University of California-Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement.

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FPL asks state to approve natural gas fracking plan

Florida fracking banFlorida Power & Light wants to charge its customers $750 million annually so it can get into the natural gas fracking business.

The state's largest utility asked a state regulatory board Monday for permission to form a partnership with an Oklahoma company. It says the investment would help it stabilize fuel prices and save its customers money in the long haul.

TVNL Comment:  Yeah, charge the customers to poison their air, water and land.  Sounds like a great deal.

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Oil From Deepwater Horizon Spill Is Still Trapped In Alabama Beaches, Study Finds

Alabama beaches polluted from Deepwater spillA new study says oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still trapped in Alabama's beaches four years later.

The report was released recently by Auburn University researchers who've been studying the BP oil spill since shortly after it occurred.

A team from Auburn collected oil on Alabama's coast as recently as August. The research found that oil is still trapped in the sand, mostly as tar balls.

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Texas Towns Look To Take On Oil And Gas Industry And Pass Fracking Ban

Reno, TexasA Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.

Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: "I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What was that?" one caller asked. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Reno, a community about 50 miles west of Dallas, had its first earthquake.

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Australia sweats over extreme hot weather

Australia heatAustralia has always suffered from bouts of extreme hot weather but the number and intensity of heatwaves is on the rise, prompting a rethink of how the country lives, works and plays in the sun.

Some like it hot, but the 13-day stretch with temperatures exceeding 40C in Longreach that ended last week was some of the hottest weather in living memory for the Queensland town.

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