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Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

An uptick in malnourished pups on the coast has rescue centers struggling to keep up. Changing weather patterns and warmer ocean waters could be to blame, but it's still too early to tell.

For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

For the first time, scientists have estimated the amount of antibiotics pigs, chickens and cows consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

Some Anxiety, But No Slowdown For North Dakota Oil Boom Town

Low oil prices have led to a drop in drilling, but not as much as you might expect. In some parts of the state's Bakken oil patch, production continues at a feverish pace.

Interior Dept. Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establishes safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.
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'Rain Tax' Repeal Clears Another Hurdle In Maryland Legislature

The state Senate has given preliminary approval to repealing the mandate that local governments charge residents the fee in order to pay for federally mandated cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.


Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

Gov. Chris Christie is defending the state's $225 million settlement for decades of contamination at two refineries as a "good deal." But Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists say otherwise.
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Md. Senate Delays Vote On Strict Fracking Bill, But Defeats One Key Amendment

For a third day, the Maryland Senate has delayed a vote on legislation that would put some of the strongest liability standards in the U.S. on drilling companies that frack in the state. But the measure did clear an important hurdle.

Watch Your Back, Kale. Kelp Is Gunning For The Veggie Du Jour Title

With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.


President Obama Signs Order Cutting U.S. Government's Carbon Emissions

In his latest action to address climate change, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that attempts to reduce the federal government's carbon footprint.

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

He directed the federal government to cut emissions by 40 percent within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.