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Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto has captured the diverse wildlife threatened by Donald Trump’s barrier, winning a number of awards, including the Fritz Pölking prize, with his project Border Wall

Wall of the wild: animals on the US-Mexico border – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

The inquiry into the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in London has revealed how the styrofoam thermal insulation layer in newly-fitted wall cladding enabled a small domestic fire to rapidly engulf most of the building, resulting in the loss of 72 lives.

The type of cladding installed complied with advice given to local authorities in 2010 by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to reduce emissions through installing new boilers and insulation in apartment blocks.
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Cheap insulation in green-compliant new cladding helped spread Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 72 | Just The News

In an effort to prevent any fire outbreaks in a year already marked by major wildfires, up to one million California residents may have their power cut by a major state utility on Sunday in order to avoid sparks from downed wires during expected windstorms.

Pacific Gas & Electric, a San Francisco Bay-area electricity provider, could shut power down to nearly half a million homes and businesses, representing a potential total of 1,000,000 individual Californians.
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California utility could cut power to one million residents in effort to prevent forest fires | Just The News

A Venezuelan oil tanker has been parked for nearly two years in the Gulf of Paria, carrying approximately 80 million gallons of oil. New photos of the vessel show it appearing to tilt heavily on its side — leading to growing concerns of a potential environmental disaster that threatens one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.
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A Venezuelan vessel carrying 1.3 million barrels of oil is tilting — and it could lead to a catastrophic oil spill - CBS News

A winter storm shouldered its way into the record books Tuesday while dumping 6 to 8 inches of heavy snow across the Twin Cities, burying curbs, garden hoses and whatever was left of fall.

The precipitation tapered off Tuesday night after shattering the previous record for Oct. 20 of 3 inches, set in 1916, and nearly besting the all-time snowiest October day in the Twin Cities.
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Minnesota's First Major Snowfall Broke Record

Why there is hope that the world's coral reefs can be saved | Coral | The Guardian

Why there is hope that the world's coral reefs can be saved | Coral | The Guardian

The ozone hole over Antarctica has grown to its "maximum size" just one year after researchers reported that it was at its smallest since its discovery.

The hole, which occurs annually, grew "rapidly" from mid-August and peaked in early October at about 9.2 million square miles, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Tuesday.

Ozone hole over Antarctica is 'largest' and 'deepest' it's been in years, researchers say - ABC News

Surfers in Russia’s far eastern region of Kamchatka have reported ocean water pollution so bad that it’s poisoning them, and may behind a mysterious mass die-off of sea life along the peninsula’s Pacific coast. Pictures and videos circulating widely on social media show thousands of dead animals washed up on the region’s beaches in recent days, including octopuses, sea stars, fish and shellfish.
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Maryland First State to Ban Styrofoam Food Containers

Tree Smokes from the Inside as Wildfire Rages in Colorado

It's hard to imagine any good could come from a wildfire. But for some plants and animals, there are more benefits to wildfires than meets the eye.

Thames Water blames design flaws, poor materials and widespread misuse

Dual-flush toilets are wasting more water than they save, says U.K. water utility

"It speaks to the delusion of California policymakers," says Michael Shellenberger, the president of Environmental Progress, which advocates for greater reliance on nuclear power as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and provide reliable energy. "They really convinced themselves that they could manage all of this increased demand on renewables, which are fundamentally unreliable."

How California’s Environmental Mandates Led to Blackouts –

Tracking the Best Time for Fall Foliage Across the Country

More than two dozen deaths have been directly attributed to the wildfires, but researchers say toxic smoke could have caused significantly more deaths.

Smoke from California wildfires may have killed up to 3,000 people


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