Here's how harmful gas from fracking can contribute to climate change

One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.

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Peter Thiel's mission to destroy Gawker isn't philanthropy -- it's a chilling taste of things to come

What will the death of Citizen Thiel look like? I picture the tech billionaire lying in seclusion, still beyond the reach of the politicians and military chiefs who had long effectively functioned as his junior personnel, perhaps on one of the post-law, floating sea-steading platforms he’s been dreaming of building. Let’s call this one Xanadu . I don’t know if he’s actually dying as we used to understand the term – maybe he’s just uploading into the cloud.

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Why dinosaur extinction is only half the story of killer asteroid's impact

We tend to focus on the extinction of the dinosaurs, but the plant fossil record holds different parts of the story of life - and death - at the end of the Cretaceous

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Chicago police arrest more than 100 in gang raids as violence continues

Chicago police have arrested 140 people for alleged gang activity in one of the largest raids in the city’s history, officials announced on Friday, within 24 hours marred by yet more gun violence.

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Susan Sarandon blasts Woody Allen and Donald Trump at Cannes

Oscar winner also makes thoughts known on media’s handling of US election, during panel to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thelma and Louise

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Ted Cruz refuses to say Donald Trump's name during Texas state convention

Ted Cruz dared not speak the name of the man who defeated him for the Republican nomination for president on Saturday, avoiding mention of the candidate he once called both “terrific” and a “buffoon” and instead telling Texans he would fight on in the vanguard of a far-right conservative movement.

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Woody Allen responds to Ronan Farrow's rape charges and comedian's joke at Cannes Film Festival

The film-maker, at Cannes with his new film Café Society, spoke with press at a lunch about his son’s article and the rape joke made at his expense during the opening night ceremony

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London's new mayor Sadiq Khan: I don't want exemption from 'ignorant' Trump's Muslim ban

London mayor says presidential hopeful’s policy to ban Muslims from entering the US ‘isn’t just about me’

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Obamacare isn't enough: Physicians explain why America needs single-payer universal health care

A group of more than 2,000 physicians is calling for the establishment of a universal government-run health system in the US, in a paper in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Republicans plunged into five stages of grief over Trump's unstoppable rise

Anguished Republicans began cycling through the five stages of grief on Thursday in the wake of what one leading voice of the establishment called Donald Trump’s “hostile takeover” of their party.

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Workers at Trump's Las Vegas hotel struggle to get by with low pay and little benefits

Maricella Olvera encounters Donald Trump on occasion, but she’s careful not to say a word. The 47-year-old cleans the penthouse at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, where Trump, his family, and celebrity guests often come to stay. She cleans around them in silence. Trump is always uninterested.

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