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Duke Energy fined $25.1 million for groundwater damage from coal ash | Center for Public Integrity

by Kristen Lombardi North Carolina officials have slapped Duke Energy with the state’s largest-ever penalty for environmental damages, fining the utility $25.1 million for groundwater contamination caused by coal ash — the subject of a previous Center for Public Integrity investigation. The unprecedented fine, announced March 10 by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, resulted from unsafe ...

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Droughts in Syria and California linked to climate change |New Scientist, NYTimes, Truthdig

Palestinian Refugee at Damascus Reception Centre A Palestinian refugee at a reception centre in Damascus, Syria. Photo ID 349352. 1948. Damascus, Syria. UN Photo/x. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate changeDrawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers say drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change.

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