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Nuns protest gas pipeline by building chapel on proposed route

Nuns build chapel to stop pipeline on their propertyA group of nuns are protesting a natural gas pipeline by building a chapel along the proposed route.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a St. Louis, Mo.-based organization, own a strip of land in Pennsylvania where the pipeline is planned to go through. But the nuns said the $3 billion pipeline violates their beliefs and values regarding the environment and oppose it construction.


Climate Change Is Killing What’s Left of Our Beautiful Coral Reefs

Coral reefs disappearingI’ve spent much of my life in oceans. It’s what most underwater photographers do, the serious ones at least. It’s my favorite part of the job. The ocean has always felt like home to me. When I was a kid, I used to splash around at the English seaside and pretend I was Jacques Cousteau. I wanted to explore hidden places and discover fantastic new species. Submarines seemed far more magical than spaceships.

As a teenager, I started scuba diving. Now this was a real eye-opener. Suddenly, all those stunning corals and exotic fishes from my favorite books were there in front of me. I was in their world. I still remember the sensation of taking my first breath underwater. My entire body was tingling with this intense joy, an almost giddy feeling of sheer wonder -- I had found paradise.


Japan utility plans to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific

Japan plans to dump radioactive water into PacificThe operator of Japan's paralyzed nuclear plant in Fukushima has decided to release radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean.

The decision has angered local fishermen, who say they were not consulted on the decision.

Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electro Power Co., said the plan has been settled, but that the utility is still waiting for the final word from Japan's nuclear regulation authority, Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun reported Friday.


Trillion-ton iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Trillion ton iceberg breaks offOne of the biggest icebergs in history has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, according to scientists who have been monitoring a growing crack for months.

Satellite images confirmed that the trillion-tonne iceberg had broken away and was adrift at sea.  

"The calving occurred sometime between Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12, when a 5,800-square kilometre section of the ice shelf finally broke away," the Swansea University said in a statement on Wednesday.


Thousands of firefighters battling California wildfires

California firesMore than 6,000 firefighters were battling at least 15 large wildfires across California on Tuesday, prompting evacuations as high temperatures and dried out vegetation fueled dozens of blazes in the Western United States, fire officials said.

Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate the remote canyons affected by the largest blaze, the Alamo Fire, which has scorched nearly 29,000 acres (11,736 hectares) of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties since it started on Thursday.



Calif. wildfires threaten homes after kids, campers forced to evacuate

California wildfiresThe quickly spreading flames of a California wildfire that trapped more than 100 children and counselors temporarily at a campground continued to threaten hundreds of homes Sunday, according to a fire official.

The fire that started Saturday afternoon was “completely out of control” and had burned at least 4.7 square miles near Cachuma Lake, Santa Barbara County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. About 90 children and 50 counselors were stuck at the Circle V Ranch before they were safely evacuated.


Court blocks Trump administration's attempt to delay Obama anti-pollution rule

Court blocks Trup adminstration attempt to delay pollution rules

Donald Trump’s latest effort to block environmental regulations pushed forward by his predecessor has found a foe in the federal court systems.

A federal court has ruled that Mr Trump’s effort to delay an EPA rule to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling, which was signed by former President Barack Obama. The US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the argument laid forth by Scott Pruitt's EPA that the Obama administration had skipped over procedures for stakeholder comment didn’t stand up to scrutiny.


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