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Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.
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Outgoing D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Two-term D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will be joining Muriel Bowser's administration next year, taking the helm of the D.C. Department of Environment.
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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.
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Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.
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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.
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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.
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At D.C. Hearing, Groups Argue Over Proposed Pepco-Exelon Merger

D.C.'s Public Service Commission is trying to determine whether the city's electric utility, Pepco, should be allowed to merge with national energy giant Exelon.
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Tangier Island Celebrates Tradition Of The Past With A Wary Eye To The Future

For half a century, a group of pilots has delivered holly boughs and Christmas gifts to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. But with erosion and a precipitous rise in sea level expected in the island's future, residents wonder how much longer these traditions will last.

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Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.
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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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