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Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Flooding from extreme tidal swings was once just a rare nuisance for coastal cities. But rising sea levels have increased the frequency of these nuisance floods as much as tenfold since the 1960s.
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Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.
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Loose Definition Of 'Lead Free' Causes Problems For Virginia's Groundwater

Water in about 1 in 5 Virginia wells tests positive for the presence of lead, which experts say comes from lead in brass fixtures.

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Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii

After years of planning, Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope broke ground Tuesday. But a group interrupted the ceremony, angry about the telescope's location on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.
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So A Global Economist Walks Into A Comedy Club ...

Yoram Bauman is an economist. And a stand-up comic. Who makes jokes about climate change and global development, among other topics. At the Inter-American Development Bank this week, he killed!
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Chesapeake Bay Contributes $107 Billion To Region's Economy, According To Report

The tally from a cleaner bay, which includes benefits to food production, tourism, and more, could go as high as $130 billion each year.
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Planners Try To Lower Region's CO2 Emissions, Though Roads Stand In Way

Officials from local jurisdictions are trying to match the region's ambitious carbon dioxide reduction goals with a transportation plan that will see more roads than transit over the next three decades.
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UMD Researchers Seek to Understand Bee Deaths By Building 'Sentinel Hives'

Researchers at the University of Maryland are trying to determine what keeps some bee populations healthy, and what has caused the mysterious decimation of others.
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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park.
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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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