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Alaska Pipeline restarted after pumping station fire

Alaska pipeline- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline reopened after a fire at a remote pump station shut down the entire oil pipeline for about nine hours.

The fire Wednesday struck Pump Station 5 on the 800-mile pipeline, in an oil tank's pressure vacuum vent used to relieve pressure as the flow of oil descends Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range, the mountains in northern Alaska.

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Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts 5 times after quiet week

Popocateptl eruptsMexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted on Monday, launching ash and burning rocks into the air and showering the city of Puebla with hot ashes.

At least five eruptions were reported.

The historic city of Puebla, which lies 25 miles east of Popocatépetl in central Mexico, was covered in ash, forcing the airport to close.

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March 2016 Smashes Another Monthly Global Warmth Record

Global warmingEarth's global temperatures in March 2016 set another monthly record, continuing an almost year-long streak of records shattered, according to three recent independent analyes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) calculated the global mean March 2016 temperature was 0.62 degrees Celsius (about 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above the March 30-year average from 1981-2010.

A second analysis released Friday from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies also concluded March anomalies were the highest in their period of record dating to 1880, a whopping 1.28 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average period.

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China releases dam water to ease SE Asia drought

China releases dam to relieve SE Asia droughtChina has been releasing water from a number of its dams in an attempt to help relieve the drought in Southeast Asia.  Much of the region has been struggling to cope with the severe weather which is hotter and drier than usual because of strong El Nino.

Thailand is experiencing its worst drought in more than a decade with 14 out of 76 provinces badly affected.

The situation in Vietnam is not so good either with the country suffering its worst drought in 90 years.

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Merkel lets comedian face prosecution for Erdoğan poem

Merkel lets comedian face charges of insulting ErdoganAngela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a request from Ankara to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The German chancellor insisted her government’s decision did not amount to a verdict on whether Jan Böhmermann was guilty or not, but should be understood as a reaffirmation of the judiciary’s independence.

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This May Be The Biggest Environmental Catastrophe No One Is Talking About

methane gase environmental The oil and gas industry has a major methane problem, according to an extensive environmental study.

Odorless, colorless methane gas is seeping out of wells and tanks at hundreds of natural gas facilities across the U.S., said the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, whose researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane leaks at over 8,000 sites in the U.S.

They found hundreds of leaks scattered in an unpredictable pattern around the country, according to the study that the EDF published this month.

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U.S. Issues New Rules on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Deepwater Horizon explosion 2010With new offshore rules in place, a U.S. energy group said jobs and safety are at risk, though environmentalists said the BP spill in 2010 was still impactful.

The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released new rules aimed at preventing loss of life and environmental harm resulting from a potential failure at an offshore well. Almost six years to the day after the disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the government said it was enacting a number of reforms to strengthen offshore oversight.

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