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UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

Climate changeThe world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. That two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009.

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Fracking to be allowed in largest national forest on US east coast

fracking to be allowedOver the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released on Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the east coast.

The US Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1m-acre George Washington National Forest, but energy companies cried foul after a draft of the plan was released in 2011. It would have been the first outright ban on the practice in a national forest.

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White-out conditions, bitter cold blast North, East

White ot conditions cover most of eastPlummeting temperatures and lake-effect snow brought weather havoc to much of the North and East on Tuesday, with some areas battling snow measured in feet and white-out highway conditions.

Tuesday, the U.S. awoke to its coldest November morning since 1976 , reported WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue. "More than 85% of the surface area of the Lower 48 reached or fell below freezing Tuesday morning," he said.

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South Dakota Sioux tribe calls Keystone XL pipeline approval 'act of war'

S Dakota Sioux tribe warns against pipelineA Native American tribe in South Dakota has called a congressional vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war” and vowed to close the reservation’s borders if the US government tries to install a pipeline there.

The prospective route for the pipeline, which would connect Canadian tar sands fields to the Gulf coast, runs through the 922,759-acre (1,442 sq mi) Rosebud Sioux reservation in south-central South Dakota. The House of Representatives voted 252-161 on Friday to approve the pipeline.

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Greenpeace boat rammed by Spanish navy

Greenpeace rammedEnvironmental advocacy group Greenpeace said one of its protesters suffered a broken leg after its boat was rammed by a Spanish navy boat.

Greenpeace is in waters off the coast of Morocco protesting against Spanish energy company Repsol. The advocacy group said the company has a permit to operate in Spanish waters near the Canary Islands despite risks to the ecology and tourist economy.

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Upstate New Yorkers fear fracking gas caves could blow wine, tourism industries

NYers fear fracking gasIn Watkins Glenn — an idyllic part of upstate New York best known for its Finger Lakes, fall foliage and wine — activists worry it could soon be known for something less appealing: industrial disaster.

Protesters in the area are engaging in civil disobedience to stop the expansion of a gas storage facility that stores fracked gas from Pennsylvania in old mined-out salt caves, claiming it presents a safety risk to local residents, an environmental danger to the Finger Lakes region and an economic threat to the area’s wine and tourism industries.

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Obscure Nebraska panel may hold sway over pipeline

XL pipeline snagCongress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.

The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether the Nebraska Public Service Commission must review the pipeline before it can cross the state, one of six on the pipeline's route. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman gave the green light in January 2013 without the panel's involvement.

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