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Has Dominion's Political Power Clouded The Fight Over Coal Ash?

Dominion's plan to close its coal ash ponds is fueling protests and lawsuits in Virginia. We explore the controversy and look at the relationship between Virginia environmental regulators and the state's politically powerful utility.

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This Jacket Will Last 30 Years — Guaranteed

British designer Tom Cridland is out to make sustainable clothing that will last a lifetime — he says his jacket will last 30 years. But can he compete with a global addiction to cheap clothing?
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U.S., Canada Pledge To Lower Methane Emissions In Oil And Gas sectors

Methane leaks are bad news. We'll fly over a South Texas oilfield with a leak detection crew and witness — with the aid of an infrared camera — how much methane gushes into the atmosphere.
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A Plastic-Eating Bacterium Might Help Deal With Waste One Day

Scientists found a new species of bacteria in the debris around a Japanese recycling plant. With the help of two plastic-digesting enzymes, it can eat plastic and use it as a main food source.
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Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up

Five years after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, progress has been made, but there's still plenty to do.
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U.S., Canada Announce Shared Goals For Fighting Climate Change

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled goals for cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by more than 40 percent by 2025, among other ambitious targets.
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City Of Trees: A Lens On A Local "Green Jobs" Program

A new film explores a local "green jobs" program that trained some of the District's hardest-to-employ residents in urban forestry.

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The Uncertain Future Of The Banana

A fungus that attacks banana plants continues to spread, threatening the future of the Cavendish, the world's most popular banana.

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Nuclear Plant Threatens Miami-Dade's Water. Mayor Says, 'This Isn't Flint'

A study shows excessive saltwater from Florida Power and Light's nuclear plant is threatening Biscayne Bay and the aquifer that supplies much of Miami's water.
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How In Trouble Are Bluefin Tuna, Really? Controversial Study Makes Waves

A study suggests Atlantic bluefin, prized for its buttery flesh, may breed younger, and in more places, than once thought — and it may be time to rethink fishing quotas. Not so fast, critics argue.

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