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West Virginia oil train derailment sparks massive fire

W Va train derailmentA train carrying crude oil has careened off the rails in West Virginia and burst into flame, according to media reports.

At least one house has caught fire on Monday and a car from the CSX train tipped into the Kanawha River near Mt. Carbon, southeast of Charleston, WCHSTV reported.

Early photos from the scene show spouts of fire and black smoke rising above the rural town.


Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones

Oklahoma earthquakesSmall earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates.

This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries.


‘Megadrought’ Coming to U.S.

madrought coming to USThe long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.

Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climate change continues unabated, those areas of the country will experience a weather shift that will linger for as long as three decades, according to the study, released Thursday.


Petrobras offshore rig explosion kills three

Potrobras oil rig explosionAn explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform operated by Brazil's Petrobras has killed at least three workers. State-run Petrobras said 74 workers were on board the rig at the time and six of them remain missing.

Brazil's oil industry regulator, ANP, says that a fire caused by the blast has been contained and the platform has been stabilised.


Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change

climate change warningClimate change has advanced so rapidly that the time has come to look at options for a planetary-scale intervention, the National Academy of Science said on Tuesday.

The scientists were categorical that geoengineering should not be deployed now, and was too risky to ever be considered an alternative to cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

But it was better to start research on such unproven technologies now – to learn more about their risks – than to be stampeded into climate-shifting experiments in an emergency, the scientists said.


California firefighters battling Sierra Nevada wildfire gain upper hand

California battles firesFirefighters have gained the upper hand on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square miles and forced about 150 people to leave two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

The fire started near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties Friday afternoon. It blew up when 50 to 75mph winds whipped through wooded areas near Swall Meadows and the neighbouring community of Paradise for about three hours, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection captain Liz Brown said.


NY Banned Fracking, But 460,000 Tons Of Fracking Waste Have Been Dumped There

fracking waste NYNew York’s ban on fracking hasn’t been enough to completely shield the state from its public health and environmental risks, a prominent state environment group charged on Friday.

In a report titled “License to Dump,” the group Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY) accused seven state landfills of accepting potentially hazardous waste from Pennsylvania’s fracked oil and gas wells. Using information obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the group said at least 460,000 tons of solid drilling waste — which can contain heavy metals, chemicals, and naturally occurring radioactive material — have been dumped in those landfills since 2010.


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