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Methane gas leak wreaking havoc in Los Angeles

Invisible to the naked eye, an infrared camera has revealed the extent of a huge natural gas leak in California that is forcing thousands from their homes and threatening long-term consequences for the environment
Methane is known to contribute to global warming. Although it is more potent than carbon dioxide, there is far more CO2 present in the atmosphere. However, the emissions from the leak could be a cause for concern as officials say pollutants released in the accident could have long-term, far-reaching consequences. SoCal Gas say they expect to have the leak fixed in three to four months. Writing on their website, the company apologised for the unpleasant smell caused by the leak and said the leak "does not pose an imminent threat to public safety". They added: "The well is located in an isolated, mountain area more than a mile away from and more than 1,200 feet higher than the closest home or public area. Scientists agree natural gas is not toxic and that its odorant …

Security experts have recommended MPs spend six years in 'underground bunker'

MPs could spend six years meeting in an underground "bunker" while Parliament undergoes a £3.5billion revamp, it was claimed yesterday(SUN). Security experts have suggested the House of Commons chamber is moved beneath street level while workmen renovate the crumbling Palace of Westminster. A £2million report last summer outlined three options for repairing the famous landmark. The cheapest would see peers and MPs kicked out for six years while repairs are carried out. And officials have floated the idea of setting up a temporary chamber in the Commons car park. But the car park exit is the spot where Tory MP Airey Neave was killed by an Irish republican terrorists' car bomb in 1979. A source close to Westminster's Restoration and Renewal Committee told the Mail on Sunday: “The security experts are telling us that when it comes to relocating the two chambers for five years or so, they need for safety's sake to be well away from the street. PA If peers and MPs refuse to l…

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