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6 state employees criminally charged in Flint water crisis

Flint officials chargedSix state employees were criminally charged  this morning in district court in connection with the Flint water crisis.

Charged are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services workers Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller and Robert Scott, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees  Liane Shekter-Smith; Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook, according to testimony this morning in Flint’s district court.

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Clean Energy March Sending Message to DNC

Clean Energy MarchThousands will be marching in the streets of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Convened by Americans Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch, the march has been endorsed by more than 800 organizations. The full report can be read online Clean Energy Revolution.

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, with Green Justice Philly, said the Democratic Party platform will be finalized on Monday, and environmentalists want delegates to strengthen the environmental plank.

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California wildfires prompt warnings of extreme danger amid evacuations

California wildfires prompt warningsContinuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes in California led on Saturday to red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger amid gusty winds and scorching, dry air.

For a second day, triple-digit highs were forecast for many regions of southern California. On Friday, the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles topped out at 111F (44C) while Palm Springs recorded 115F (46C), and even San Diego and beaches hit the 80s.

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'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

Heat DomeIt's really hot in most of the mainland United States right now. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the triple digits through the weekend in much of the South, Midwest and along the East Coast.  The culprit: a "heat dome."

It's a real meteorological event — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration even took the time to define it in the agency's warning this week:

"A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from escaping. The air is forced to sink back to the surface, warming even further on the way. This phenomenon will result in dangerously hot temperatures that will envelop the nation throughout the week."

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Study: Earth on pace for hottest year on record

Hottest year on record{ 2016The Earth is on pace for its warmest year on record, which would surpass a figure set just last year.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations weather body, formally predicted a record-breaking 2016 in a Thursday report. The study tied the heat records to climate change, saying temperatures and low levels of Arctic sea ice are strong indicators of global warming.

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Fracking wells may increase asthma attacks, study says

Fracking increases asthmaEver wondered if your asthma attacks can be tied to the fracking wells near your house? You are probably right.

Asthma patients are 1.5 to four times more likely to have asthma attacks if they live near bigger or a larger number of unconventional natural gas development wells, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

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Hottest June ever: Record-setting warming streak continues

Climate trends continue with hottest June on recordLast month was the warmest June in history, keeping alive the streak of warmest months in modern history. That's the latest news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For 14 straight months, the average monthly global temperature record has been broken. It's the longest streak since NOAA began tracking global temperatures 137 years ago.

The average global land surface temperature was more than two degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average.

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