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To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells

The ploughshare tortoise's ornate golden shell makes it a popular black market pet. In California, the Turtle Conservancy is trying to give the threatened species a second chance.
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U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

Americans wasted 31 percent of all food that was available in 2010, the USDA reports. For the first time, the agency calculated what that means in terms of calories, too.
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Scientists Work to Protect Region's Last Coastal Wilderness

We head back to the barrier islands off Virginia's Eastern Shore, where efforts are in place to restore the fragile ecosystem of these shifting, changing land masses.
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FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums

The law, passed in 2012, was meant to shift the financial risk of insuring flood-zone properties to homeowners. But some residents' premiums have skyrocketed.
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The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean

As the state slogs through a major drought, officials look for new water sources — like desalination plants that make water from the Pacific drinkable. Opponents worry about environmental damage.
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Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down

The Environmental Protection Agency is offering buyouts to some of its employees. The move comes as a number of federal agencies, under pressure from the sequester, are trying to slim their budgets.
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Portable Potables: How To Fight Drought By Reusing Water

David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, explains the many methods of capturing and reusing drinking water.
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Wildland Protection Extended To 22,000 Acres In Maryland House Bill

Wildland protections are on the legislative agenda in Maryland, 

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Analysis: McAuliffe Joins Republicans In Calling For Offshore Drilling

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the only Democrat in a group of governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf states to support more oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast — Alex Bolton of the The Hill breaks down the why and how.

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California's Drought: A Shocking Photo And Other Updates

Farmers in California face hard choices as a drought threatens to ruin their crops. A striking photo shows Northern California's Folsom Lake at only 17 percent of its capacity.

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