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Leaked climate change report: Scientific body warns of 'devastating rise of 4-5C if we carry on as we are'
Global greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade were the "highest in human history", according to the world's leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. 
China Takes On Big Risks in Its Push for Shale Gas
Residents of this isolated mountain valley of terraced cornfields were just going to sleep last April when they were jolted by an enormous roar, followed by a tower of flames. 
Vast oil trove trapped in Monterey Shale formation
A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees.
Anadarko To Pay Record Settlement To Clean Up Kerr-McGee's 85-Year Toxic Legacy
The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday a $5.15 billion settlement with a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum in what is, according to the two agencies, the largest pollution cleanup settlement in history.
Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken
Last May, Whole Foods recalled two types of curried chicken salad that had been sold in some of its stores in the Northeast. The retailer’s kitchens had accidentally confused a batch of “chick’n” salad made with a plant protein substitute with one made from real chicken, and reversed the labels.
The Aliens Have Landed
In the ’30s, as Germany rearmed, we said, “Yeah, France can handle that.” Earlier this week, the Panzer Corps of climate change zoomed right around our Maginot line of denial, and we all became the retreating French.
Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama
A sweeping new study on the effects of climate change — which the report says is already disrupting the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people across the planet — creates a diplomatic challenge for President Obama, who hopes to make action on both climate change and economic inequality hallmarks of his legacy.
College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change
University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.
UN Scientific Panel Releases Report Sounding Alarm On Climate Change Dangers
If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.
White House Unveils Plans to Cut Methane Emissions
The Obama administration on Friday announced a strategy to start slashing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas released by landfills, cattle, and leaks from oil and natural gas production.