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Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.
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California Battles The Drought With Successful Conservation Efforts

California's cities managed to cut their water usage by 31.3 percent during July — surpassing the amount mandated by the state's governor because of the four-year drought.
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Lawsuit On Uranium Mining Moratorium Should Be Dismissed, Virginia AG Says

Virginia Uranium Inc. filed the lawsuit earlier this month in federal court. It wants to begin mining a 119-million-pound deposit near the North Carolina border.

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.
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Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.
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Why Offshore Wind Continues To Drag In Virginia

Virginia's coast is well-suited to the development of offshore wind power, but structural impediments and already low energy costs make for a tough sell.

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Ben Lecomte Swam Across The Atlantic; Next He Tries The Pacific

In 1998, Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean. The 47-year-old athlete is planning another historic plunge — this time swimming across the ocean on the other side of the country.
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Tropical Storm Danny Losing Strength, But Still Packs A Punch

The storm, downgraded from a Category 3 hurricane to a tropical storm over the course of Saturday, is expected to continue to lose steam as it heads toward the the eastern Caribbean.
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Yes, The U.S. Is On A Historic Lucky Streak In Dodging Major Hurricanes

A major hurricane hasn't hit the U.S. since 2005. There hasn't been a lull that long since 1861 to 1868 — when Abraham Lincoln was president.
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Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

Biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap the gassy waste on farms to make renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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