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Renewables just passed coal as the largest source of new electricity worldwide

Reign of coal is overIt’s been a long run, coal, but your reign is over.

Renewable energy sources have passed coal as the largest new source of electricity in the world, according data released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The transition of the world’s energy sources is critical for avoiding a 2°C rise in global temperatures. Coal, for instance, represented about a quarter of U.S. CO2 emissions in 2012.

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6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan; little damage reported

6.6 earthquake in JapanA suspected 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook western Japan's Tottori prefecture Friday afternoon, causing some injuries and property damage, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The temblor struck near the city of Kurayoshi, west of Osaka, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

At least 10 injuries were reported, fire officials said, and some buildings were damaged. The earthquake temporarily disrupted highway travel, bullet train service and airport schedules, and nearly 80,000 homes endured a temporary power blackout. No injuries were reported at the region's nuclear power plants, which were automatically powered down, and no tsunami warning was announced.

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Atchison, Kan., residents urged to shelter in place after chemical spill

MGP spillA spill at the MGP Ingredients Inc. chemical plant in the Kansas city of Atchison has led officials to recommend residents shelter in place on Friday.

The Atchison City Manager's Office said the chemical leak could be an airborne chlorine powder, though the company has not confirmed, KSHB Kansas City reports.

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Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph -- days after Typhoon Sarika killed three people in the Pacific island nation.

The storm hit land near Peñablanca late Wednesday as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, forecasters said, and was expected to pass over or near Ilocos Norte and Apayao.Haima has brought maximum sustained winds of about 140 mph with gusts of 195 mph to the islands.

The most severe tropical cyclone warning has been issued for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao in the Luzon island.

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To The Surprise Of No One, NASA Predicts 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

 

2016 may be hottest yearFollowing the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year will be the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880.

Last month was the warmest September ever recorded, narrowly beating the previous 2014 record by 0.004 degrees Celsius, according to NASA.

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Exxon Chooses War in New York’s Probe of Climate Change Research

Exxon chooses war against climate change investigationExxonMobil Corp. has finally made its move to block a New York state investigation into whether the oil giant covered up its knowledge about climate change.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a sweeping fraud probe of Exxon in November 2015, based on suspicion that the energy company had misled investors, regulators, and the public on what it knew about global warming dating all the way back to the late 1970s. Even as it has fought parallel investigations by Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands, Exxon has cooperated with the New York probe, turning over more than 1 million pages of documents to Schneiderman’s office.

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Greenpeace sues Norway over Arctic oil

Greenpeace sues NorwayEnvironmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government for giving energy companies consent to drill in Arctic waters.

The group's Norwegian branch and regional advocate Nature and Youth said in their challenge that Norway was violating the Paris climate agreement by moving ahead with oil drilling in the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea.

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