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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Germany breaks temperature record during European heat wave

Heat wave in europeGermany broke its heat record on Sunday after a 104.5 degree Fahrenheit temperature was documented, the hottest since records began in 1881.

The previous record of 104.3 degrees Fahrenheit was set in 1983 and matched in 2003. The new record was broken in the town of Kitzingen, a town of about 20,000 people located in southern Bavaria.

About 12 people died due to drowning in lakes, ponds, rivers and pools throughout the country in efforts by Germans to keep cool.

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320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

California wildfiresA wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city.

The fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday. Wind gusts up to 40 mph caused the fire to spread quickly as embers sparked other fires, Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

KCRA-TV reports (http://apne.ws/1fd1gw5) that about 100 people have been evacuated. Vacaville is between San Francisco and Sacramento.

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This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking

Pacific dome is radioactive and leakingBlack seabirds circle high above the giant concrete dome that rises from a tangle of green vines just a few paces from the lapping waves of the Pacific. Half buried in the sand, the vast structure looks like a downed UFO.

At the summit, figures carved into the weathered concrete state only the year of construction: 1979. Officially, this vast structure is known as the Runit Dome. Locals call it The Tomb.

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