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Los Angeles Oil Blobs Could Be Related To Santa Barbara Spill

Last month's oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara could be more far reaching than originally thought. The number of dead wildlife being recovered continues to grow by the day.
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Two-Year Moratorium On Fracking Takes Effect In Maryland

A two-year moratorium on the practice known as fracking has taken effect in Maryland, allowing opponents time they say is needed to further make the case that it harms the environment and shouldn't be allowed at all.

Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

Though past measurements have suggested global warming all but stopped in the late 1990s, newly refined figures show Earth's warming has continued unabated.

EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

The report says there are few incidents of tainted water given the number of wells. Energy companies agree. Environmentalists accuse the industry of undue influence over the study.

California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer

Drought-stricken Central Valley farmers are pointing fingers at the Sacramento Delta, where water still flows reliably. There's more pressure than ever to change a long-standing water rights system.
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'The Barge' Seeks To Keep Invasive Species From Hitching A Ride Overseas

Researchers are working on a barge docked in Baltimore to find ways to get rid of invasive species that arrive on international cargo ships.


Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

California's Bishop Pines Are Dying. Is Drought To Blame?

Bishop pine only grows in a handful of places on the West Coast. In one of those places, the drought-stricken Channel Islands off the coast of California, they're dying off in huge numbers.

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. So the federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.