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Severe storm outbreak spawns deadly tornadoes in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi

Storms in FloridaA significant severe weather outbreak will continue through Wednesday across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

Three people were killed as a result of the storms on Tuesday, including two at a Louisiana mobile home park that was torn apart by a tornado. More than two dozen tornadoes were reported on Tuesday.

Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, will face the risk of tornadoes early in the day. By the afternoon, the storms could spawn tornadoes as far north as Richmond, Virginia.


Seared by climate change, Nicaragua’s small farmers face food crisis

climate change brings drought and hunger to NicaraguaAs Olman Fuzez turned over a bucket of millet, an old fan on full blast separated out small leaves and rocks. Nearby stood a small rusty silo that once stored maize. “It has been empty for three years,” said Fuzez.  “We didn´t eat millet before, but now we have no choice.”

For two years straight, Fuzez has lost his entire corn crop due to a prolonged drought. For dinner his extended family of six will eat millet tortillas with a small portion of beans — they have enough beans to last only three more months, and not enough money to buy seeds for the next planting season.


Earth's oceans are rising at fastest rate in past 28 centuries

seas rising at fastest rate in 28 centuriesThe oceans are rising faster than at any point in the past 28 centuries, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported Monday.

They added that the flooding that is starting to make life miserable in many coastal towns — like Miami Beach, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and Charleston, South Carolina — was largely a consequence of those emissions, and that it is likely to grow worse in coming years.


Second NY town tests positive for PFOA in water supply

NY town tests positive for PFOAA second municipal water supply has tested positive for PFOA in upstate New York.

Tests of the water for the town of Petersburgh in Rensselaer County came back positive for elevated levels of PFOA, the toxic chemical linked to cancer and other serious health conditions, town officials announced Saturday. The state Department of Health has warned local residents not to consume the water and bottled water is now being distributed.


295,000 US deaths may be prevented by 2030 with cuts to greenhouse gas

cuts to greenhouse gases America’s international climate obligations carry a significant public health benefit, with new research finding that about 295,000 premature deaths could be prevented in the country by 2030 if deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are achieved.

At a summit in Paris in December, 196 nations, including the US, agreed to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The agreement, the first to demand all countries slash emissions, will require major emissions reductions given that the world has already warmed by 1C during the past century.


Black Water Flows Out Of Taps In Crystal City, Texas

Black water in Crystal City, TexasThere's something dirty in Crystal City, Texas, and it's not just top officials -- it's the water.

After the arrest of the town's mayor this week, and several weeks after the arrests of nearly every top official, residents report that black water is flowing from their taps.

People started posting dramatic photos of the dark-colored water online earlier this week.


U.S. to open more drilling sites in Gulf of Mexico

Oil drillingOpening up more acreage in the Gulf of Mexico to potential oil and gas drillers could bring in more revenue to federal and state coffers, a regulator said.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it would offer up roughly 45 million acres for exploration development in the Gulf of Mexico through two lease sales in March. The sales mark the ninth and tenth such auctions covered in a five-year lease plan ending next year.


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