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Report Guides Virginia On Dealing With Rising Seas

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A report on how Virginia can deal with rising seas is now in the hands of the General Assembly, reports the Associated Press.

Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science prepared the 135-page document at the request of the 2012 legislature. It's intended to guide lawmakers as they attempt to deal with higher tides, storm surge, sinking land, and rising sea levels.

The report urges immediate action but stresses that there is no single response to encompass all of the environmental challenges that now face the state and are likely to worsen.

It calls for a multi-step approach. While scientists say the state can mount an effective response to increased flooding, the report says some actions will take decades to plan and implement.

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Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Post Republican Convention Wrap-Up: Did The Party Make Progress On Unity?

The Republican National Convention wrapped up on Thursday. Ron Elving was there, and tells NPR's Scott Simon about the ups and downs of the four day meeting.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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