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Dreaded 'stealth' supply becomes reality as U.S. frackers turn on 'ducks'

Fracking stealth ducks to resumeA dreaded scenario for U.S. oil bulls might just be becoming a reality.

Some U.S. shale oil producers, including Oasis Petroleum (OAS.N) and Pioneer Natural Resources Co (PXD.N), are activating drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in a reversal in strategy that threatens to bring more crude to a saturated market and dampen any sustained rebound in prices.

When oil prices started their long slide in mid-2014, many producers kept drilling wells, but halted expensive fracking work that brings them online, waiting for prices to bounce back.

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UN: After hot 2015, new normal is hotter world temperatures

Hotter temperatures the new normThe U.N. weather agency is warning that hotter weather appears to be here to stay and says the Paris climate accord last year shouldn't give way to complacency about global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Monday following a record-hot 2015. It predicts warmer weather accompanied by pockets of both drier and wetter conditions, depending on the region, around the world.

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President declares disaster in three Texas counties

Texas flood disaster areasPresident Barack Obama on Sunday declared a major disaster in three Texas counties following severe storms earlier this month that spawned tornadoes and flooding.

The declaration covers Orange, Newton and Jasper counties in southeast Texas.

Residents can now receive federal grants they can use for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and programs to help individuals and business owners recover, 5NBCDFW.com reported.

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Earth Hour 2016: UN goes dark to spotlight climate change

Earth Hour 2016– The United Nations will go dark later this evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.

In a video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said: “This year's Earth Hour comes at a pivotal moment. Last December, all the world's Governments came together to adopt the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is a historic achievement for people and the planet – but only if we follow through on the promises made.”

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Cities Across The West Coast Are Uniting Against Monsanto

Cities Across the West Coast Unite Against MonsantoMonsanto may have stopped developing Polychlorinated Biphenyls — typically known as PCBs — nearly four decades ago, but on the West Coast, lawsuits associated with this toxic group of chemicals keep mounting against the agrochemical giant.

On Wednesday, the Portland City Council voted to sue the Monsanto Company in federal court. Once Portland files the suit, it will become the seventh city to go after Monsanto over the toxic chemicals it produced, Portland City Attorney Tracy Reeve told ThinkProgress.

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Atlantic Ocean to be free from drilling

No drilling in AtlanticWith Washington poised to pull the Atlantic Ocean off the oil and gas drilling list, environmentalists declared victory after their hard preservation efforts.

The White House is expected to announce plans to remove portions of the Atlantic from consideration in a drilling lease plan. Washington in 2014 opened up Atlantic waters from Virginia to Florida for seismic testing, though advocacy group Oceana said there are more than 100 members of Congress and regional municipalities that have stated their public opposition to oil and gas activity in the Atlantic.

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Nitrogen from fertilizers poses long-term threat to drinking water

Fertilizer threat to drinking waterEven if farmers stopped using nitrogen fertilizers today, levels of dangerous nitrates in rivers and lakes would remain high for decades, researchers report.

Canadian scientists analyzed more than 2,000 soil samples from the Mississippi River Basin and found an accumulation of nitrogen. This buildup was not evident in the upper "plow" layer, but instead was found 2 inches to 8 inches beneath the soil surface.

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