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VIDEO: Tornado Flattens Parts of Arkansas

VIDEO: Tornado Flattens Parts of Arkansas
A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. The following video from the National Guard shows just how powerful Mother Nature's destructive path can grow.
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In Push For Nuclear Power, Climate Change Concerns Overlooked

In Push For Nuclear Power, Climate Change Concerns Overlooked
Researchers recently concluded that a small six-foot-high miniature tsunami that hit near a New Jersey nuclear power plant this summer was not the result of a seismic event (as tsunamis usually are). Instead, the researchers concluded that the surge was caused by a sudden atmospheric pressure change. Climate change will cause more destructive and seemingly freakish events like this. Emergency planners need to plan for them — especially when the risks are high as is the case with nuclear plants.
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International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage

International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage
A new study released today at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland, finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. That is, in and of itself, a near impossibility.
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28 States Without Proper Plan for Children During Disaster

28 States Without Proper Plan for Children During Disaster
Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states still don't require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters, aid group Save the Children said in a report released Wednesday. The group faulted 28 states and the District of Columbia for failing to require the emergency safety plans for schools and child care providers that were recommended by a national commission in the wake of Katrina.
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Andrew Miga
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Climate Change Exacerbating Energy Disruptions Nationwide

Climate Change Exacerbating Energy Disruptions Nationwide
Climate change will only worsen disruptions to US energy infrastructure, says a new report from the Energy Department. Worsening storms, tornados and hurricanes, as well as other extreme weather events, will continue to wreak havoc by ever increasing degrees. Change must come drastically and quickly to reverse this trend.
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Matthew Daly
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Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'

Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'
Fires that measured 100,000 acres of destruction were once rare and considered major, but in today's American West, fires twice that size are common place. Watch more as "60 Minutes" walks through the flames with the federal government's chief of fire operations and discusses the impact of climate change on his tragically expanding work.
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