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500 families evacuated from Montana wildfire

500 familie evacuated from Montana wildfiresFive hundred families in Montana have been urged to evacuate due to a fast-moving wildfire that has now spread to 3,505 acres.

The wildfire -- dubbed the Roaring Lion Fire -- started Sunday afternoon about 5 miles southwest of Hamilton, according to the U.S. Forest Service. and is about 60 miles south of Missoula. It grew to at least a half square mile and is heading up Roaring Lion Road in the Bitterroot National Forest and down the canyon, officials said.


Anthrax outbreak triggered by climate change sickens dozens in Arctic Circle

Arctic Cirle anthraxA 12-year-old boy in the far north of Russia has died in an outbreak of anthrax that experts believe was triggered when unusually warm weather caused the release of the bacteria.

The boy was one of 72 nomadic herders, including 41 children, hospitalised in the town of Salekhard in the Arctic Circle, after reindeer began dying en masse from anthrax.

Five adults and two other children have been diagnosed with the disease, which is known as “Siberian plague” in Russian and was last seen in the region in 1941.


Terminix offers $87M settlement to injured Delaware family

Terminix xettles caseThe parent company of pest-control giant Terminix has reached a tentative agreement to pay $87 million to a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

Citing information from an earnings report filed Thursday by ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that the company has agreed to pay the Esmond family $87 million. That is in addition to $3 million it has paid to cover its insurance deductible.


Deadly California Wildfire Near Big Sur Set To Explode In Size

Big Sur fire could growA deadly blaze near California’s Big Sur coast could widen to more than five times its current size and has destroyed some 60 homes, threatened hundreds of others and spurred mass evacuations, authorities said on Saturday.

The so-called Soberanes Fire, which started on July 22 and is burning just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in the Los Padres National Forest.


6 state employees criminally charged in Flint water crisis

Flint officials chargedSix state employees were criminally charged  this morning in district court in connection with the Flint water crisis.

Charged are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services workers Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller and Robert Scott, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees  Liane Shekter-Smith; Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook, according to testimony this morning in Flint’s district court.


Clean Energy March Sending Message to DNC

Clean Energy MarchThousands will be marching in the streets of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Convened by Americans Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch, the march has been endorsed by more than 800 organizations. The full report can be read online Clean Energy Revolution.

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, with Green Justice Philly, said the Democratic Party platform will be finalized on Monday, and environmentalists want delegates to strengthen the environmental plank.


California wildfires prompt warnings of extreme danger amid evacuations

California wildfires prompt warningsContinuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes in California led on Saturday to red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger amid gusty winds and scorching, dry air.

For a second day, triple-digit highs were forecast for many regions of southern California. On Friday, the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles topped out at 111F (44C) while Palm Springs recorded 115F (46C), and even San Diego and beaches hit the 80s.


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