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Eight states running out of water

Eight states facing water shortageAlthough drought conditions have improved in many regions of the United States, higher than average summer temperatures and patchy rainfall over the summer has contributed to one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. There are currently at least 60 large fires burning across the country.

So far this year, more than 8 million acres have been destroyed by fire, a level of devastation seen in only six other years since 1960.


New Zealand Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior bomber apologizes

New Zealand bomber apologizes to GreenpeaceThe French intelligence agent who led the deadly attack on the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has for the first time apologised for his actions.

Jean-Luc Kister told the TVNZ station that the action "resulted in the accidental death of an innocent man", photographer Fernando Pereira.

Greenpeace called for a Paris street to be named after Mr Pereira.


Vast, stubborn California fire grows overnight

new california fireA vast wildfire burning in Kings Canyon National Park grew overnight, but fire crews hope to gain ground since cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend.

The fire has burned 134 square miles east of Fresno. It is 25 percent contained Saturday. The fire that began July 31 during a lightning strike has closed roads and about 10 campgrounds around Hume Lake and Kings Canyon.


Will Fracking Be the Demise of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park?

Chaco National park frackedOnce the center of a thriving population of native people, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park is now the object of a battle for its very existence. The key Native American heritage site came under increased threat last month when a federal judge ruled to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to continue to permit new gas and oil drilling permits in the Mancos shale in Northwest New Mexico.

Now, more than 165,000 people have signed petitions calling on elected officials from New Mexico to protect the land from hydraulic fracturing or fracking, Meanwhile, a bill that would prohibit fracking on all federal public lands, is gaining sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Towboats crash on Mississippi River, spilling oil

Towboats crash causes oil spillA collision between two towboats on the Mississippi River in Kentucky has released an unknown amount of oil into the waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

The collision took place at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday near Paducah, Ky., the Eighth District of the Coast Guard said.

The cargo tank of a barge containing clarified slurry oil was ruptured in the crash. The vessel has the capacity to carry 1.05 million gallons of the oil, though it is unknown how much spilled.


UN: This El Nino to be among the strongest since 1950

David CarlsonThe current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.

The El Nino event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along the equator every few years, warming the water more than usual and triggering a change in global weather patterns.


Triple threat: Earthquakes rattle California, Oklahoma, Oregon

earthquakes hit three statesNo injuries or major damage was reported Monday after earthquakes rattled cities in California, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Around noon local time, a 2.9-magnitude earthquake rattled a location two and a half miles southwest of Compton, Calif. This report comes after news of a 2.6-magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:11 a.m. local time Sunday along the Hayward Fault in California's East Bay. Local residents reported feeling the quake, which is the latest in a series of rumbles along the fault scientists said could be precursors to a large temblor coming soon, KRON in San Francisco reported.


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