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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Environmental Outlook: Wildfires, Climate Change And Boreal Forests

A massive forest fire has been raging in Alberta, Canada, for nearly a month. Scientists say warmer, drier weather has increased the frequency and intensity of fires. For this month's Environmental Outlook: wildfires, climate change and threats to North America’s forests.

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Congress Moves To Overhaul A 40-Year-Old Law That Regulates Toxic Chemicals

Congress is updating a 40-year-old federal law regulating thousands of chemicals in daily use. The bipartisan bill has support from many industry groups and public health advocates, but some in the environmental community say it doesn't go far enough. A look at regulating the safety of chemicals.

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Exxon Mobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

But shareholders at Exxon Mobil approved one resolution that could make it easier to one day nominate an environmentalist to the board.
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Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Rising sea levels put extra pressure on coastal bedrock in South Florida. Eventually, as seawater moves in, it could contaminate plants on the surface and the region's stores of freshwater beneath.
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Business Of Disaster: Insurance Firms Profited $400 Million After Sandy

More than three years after Superstorm Sandy, NPR and PBS's Frontline investigate the thousands still not home, the government agencies that failed to help and the companies that made millions.
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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

NPR

We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species.
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El Nino Offers Clues To California's Future Under Climate Change

El Nino didn't deliver the monster rains many Californians were hoping for but it wasn't a total bust. The weather system raised ocean temperatures off the coast and led to some extremely high tides.
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The Vanishing Islands Of India's Sundarbans

Climate change has forced tens of thousands out. "I know I have a beautiful home," one islander says, "but ultimately it will go into the womb of the river. All we can do is try to delay the process."

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