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Fracking to Prompt Sharp Rise in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Study Says

Fracking is set to lead to a sharp rise in emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases, newly undermining industry and government claims that shale gas is a relatively clean fuel that can help combat global warming, an authoritative new study reveals.

On Thursday, the United States and Canada agreed to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by almost half.

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Global Temps Soar in Feb, Setting New Heat Record

Temperatures across the planet soared again last month, setting a new heat record with the warmest February since modern records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

"The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2016 was the highest for the month of February in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880," said a NOAA statement.

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EU Green Transport Target 'May Have Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions'

European Union renewable energy targets may have increased greenhouse gas emissions because the dirtiest biofuels produce three times the emissions of diesel oil, according to the most complete EU analysis yet carried out.

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Clean Energy is Win-Win for the U.S.

Simply implementing its Paris climate conference commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions could save the US billions of dollars – and save hundreds of thousands of lives.

LONDON,  13 March, 2015 − Scientists have worked out how the US could save as many as 300,000 lives by 2030, and get a tenfold return on its investments at the same time.

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Ancient Ice Could Help Explain Why Earth's Climate Is Warming

It could be a key to unlocking a mystery about the world’s climate: a piece of ice so old it formed when ice ages were more frequent, about a million years ago. It may even give scientists insight into what is happening now, as the planet warms. But first they have to find it.

This won’t be as easy as picking up a hammer and knocking a few chips off a block. First, they need an ice core that allows them to see changes in the atmosphere over time. Cores are 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters) in diameter and stretch for almost 2 miles (3 kilometers) when all the pieces are laid end to end, said Ed Brook, a professor of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis. And the oldest ones retrieved to date are 800,000 years old.

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Oregon Governor Signs Landmark Anti-Coal Bill Into Law

With the stroke of Gov. Kate Brown's signature Friday, Oregon became the first state to eradicate coal from its power supply through legislation and now boasts some of the most stringent demands for renewable energy among its state peers.

The new law will wipe out coal-generated energy in phases through 2030 and requires utilities to provide half of customers' power with renewable sources by 2040, doubling the state's previous standard.

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Study: Millions in U.S. at Risk from Rising Seas

Rising sea levels driven by climate change could upend the lives of more than 13 million Americans by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday.

If global warming lifts oceans 1.8 meters (six feet) by 2100, as some scientists forecast in worst-case scenarios, 13.1 million people living in U.S. coastal areas will become vulnerable to flooding and storm surges, the study said.

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WHO: Environment behind Nearly Quarter of Global Deaths

One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

An estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments, 23 percent of all deaths reported globally, according to the new study.

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Canada PM Trudeau to Talk Climate, Peacekeepers at U.N.

Increasing Canada's contribution to international peacekeeping, the fight against climate change and advocacy for women's rights are on the agenda for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to the United Nations, his office said Monday.

His visit to U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday comes one month after Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised Ottawa's renewed engagement on the world stage.

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More than Half a Million Could Die as Climate Change Impacts Diet

Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.

The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global warming could affect the quality of the diets available to people and found fewer fruit and vegetables would be available as a result of climatic changes. These are vital in curbing heart disease, strokes and diet-related cancers, leading the study to conclude that the health risks of climate change are far greater than thought.

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