New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S

MSN: The portion of days with warm weather in the U.S. have increased by 25 percent over the past 50 years according to a new data analysis. The analysis draws on publicly available data and represents the tip of the iceberg for how publicly available climate and weather data can be accessed and used

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In South Carolina leaders reconsider drilling along coastline

McClatchy: The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism. “If we had an event like they had in the Gulf it would be devastating for us,” said Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin, referring to the April 2010 drilling rig explosion that killed 11 and gushed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico

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Cowboys and Indians Launch 5-Day Keystone XL Protest on National Mall

EcoWatch: Earlier this year, the groups behind the Reject and Protect campaign and their supporters sent 2 million anti-Keystone XL comments to the Obama Administration in just 30 days. Now, they`re following that up by in-person resistance to the massive pipeline.

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China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

Associated Press: Nearly 60% of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources. Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4% to 59.6%, according to the report, released late on Tuesday.

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Jackfruit heralded as ‘miracle’ food crop

Guardian: It’s big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay – but it could help keep millions of people from hunger. Researchers say jackfruit – a large ungainly fruit grown across south and south-east Asia – could be a replacement for wheat, corn and other staple crops under threat from climate change. The World Bank and United Nations warned recently that rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall had already reduced yields of wheat and corn, and could lead to food wars within…

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Chairman of Veolia unit in China apologizes after water pollution

Reuters: The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said.

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United Kingdom: ‘Freedom to frack’ on private land sparks outrage

Blue and Green: The government is about to include plans in an infrastructure bill to allow energy companies to drill on private land without permission, despite protests of residents and green groups. The bill will be part of the Queen’s speech in June and would see changes in the trespass law, so that landowners would receive only a small compensation for drilling operations. The bill would also make changes to road construction, giving more powers to the Highway Agency to renew the UK’s ageing infrastructure….

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China’s new environment law submitted to parliament

Reuters: Amendments to China’s 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country’s parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday. The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, will consider the amendments during its latest bimonthly session, which runs until Thursday this week, Xinhua said. The first change to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing’s newly declared…

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Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers

Wired: On a stunning cloudless day in the Nevada desert, Lisa Jackson stands with her back to an array of advanced solar cells, peering across a low chain link fence at NV Energy’s Fort Churchill Power Generating plant just a few hundred yards away. The 1960s vintage facility has two giant boilers rising from the scrub brush, belching steam and god knows what else.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

National Public Radio: On a recent afternoon on the main drag of Orange Grove, Calif., about a dozen farm workers gathered on the sidewalk in front of a mini-mart. One man sits on a milk crate sipping a beer. A few others scratch some lotto tickets.

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