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The year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole, surpassing temperature records that date back 137 years, according to an annual report compiled by scientists around the globe.

For global temperatures, last year surpassed the previous record-holder: 2015.

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Lake Ontario has dropped a foot since heavy spring rains swelled it to record levels. But it's still much higher than normal -- and that means the pain continues for homeowners and businesses along the shore.

So does the controversy over regulators who manage lake levels.

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The EPA has released its annual report highlighting work under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- and environmentalists might be surprised by the high praise from Scott Pruitt.

In a statement accompanying the report, Pruitt, who leads the EPA, said the initiative "is protecting public health in the Great Lakes more than any other coordinated interagency effort in U.S. history."

The government body that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario is reducing the outflows to the St. Lawrence River. The International Joint Commission (IJC) says water levels have dropped rapidly, down 12 inches since the peak in late May. That's drawing some criticism from shoreline residents who say the move is premature.

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Local officials say human error triggered the smelly black blob that appeared recently near the world-famous Niagara Falls.

In a lengthy statement, the Niagara Falls Water Board says the problem arose as a sedimentation basin was cleaned on July 29. An employee monitoring the operation was called away -- and returned to find that the water being pumped out was discolored.

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