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Loma Fire continues to grow in Northern California

Loma fireThe wildfire in the mountains near Santa Cruz, Calif. has grown to 4,147 acres and is 34 percent contained, Cal Fire said Thursday.

The so-called Loma Fire has destroyed eight homes, nine other buildings and damaged another home since it broke out on Monday. A winery is one of the areas scorched by the fire.

A firefighter has been injured, but Cal Fire did not disclose the firefighters condition.

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Tourists trapped on erupting Indonesian volcano

Tourists trapped on Indonesian volcanoAuthorities evacuated more than 1,000 people from Indonesia's Mount Rinjani after a sub-volcano began erupting, but about 250 tourists were left trapped on the volcano, local officials said.

Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano within the 12,224-foot high Mount Rinjani on Indonesia's North Lombok island, spewed ash up to 6,500 feet in the air Tuesday, prompting an evacuation.

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Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project

Greenland's receding icecapA top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by rising temperatures within decades, scientists have said.

The US army engineering corps excavated Camp Century in 1959 around 200km (124 miles) from the coast of Greenland, which was then a county of Denmark.

Powered, remarkably, by the world’s first mobile nuclear generator and known as “the city under the ice”, the camp’s three-kilometre network of tunnels, eight metres beneath the ice, housed laboratories, a shop, a hospital, a cinema, a chapel and accommodation for as many as 200 soldiers.

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Study: Earth at Its Warmest in 120,000 Years

Earth warmest in 120,000 yearsA new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.

As part of her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University, Carolyn Snyder , now a climate policy official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, created a continuous 2 million year temperature record, much longer than a previous 22,000 year record. Snyder's temperature reconstruction, published Monday in the journal Nature , doesn't estimate temperature for a single year, but averages 5,000-year time periods going back a couple million years.

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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

FrackingIn Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties.

Landowners are bitterly disputing the deductions that some drillers have been taking from their royalty checks amid a historic collapse in natural gas prices.

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Gasoline prices spike after Alabama pipeline leak

Gasoline prices spike after Alabama leakRetail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline's gasoline line that carries fuel to the East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak.

Colonial said on Saturday evening that it would construct a bypass that circumvents the leak, which occurred more than a week ago in Shelby County, Alabama. It is unclear when construction will be completed but the company has previously said it anticipates reopening the line, which can carry up to 1.2 million barrels of gasoline a day, later this week.

The volume of the spill is estimated to be 6,000 to 8,000 barrels.

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Polar Bears Are Facing Shorter Ice Seasons, And That’s Terrible News

Polar bears are facing shorter ice seasonThe future for polar bears is grim if Arctic sea ice continues shrinking at current rates, suggests new research from the University of Washington.

The fact that sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing as global temperatures rise is not new information. But this study, published in science journal “The Cryosphere” Wednesday, is an important landmark in that it’s “polar bear-centric,” researcher Kristin Laidre of the UW’s Polar Science Center told The Huffington Post.

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