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What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The long-delayed project is a jobs generator to some and an ecological disaster to others. Ahead of a key Senate vote, we revisit what the Keystone XL pipeline would do and why it's so contentious.
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Poultry Report Outlines Costs Of Maryland's New Phosphorus Regulations

In an effort to limit phosphorus runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland environmental groups have sought to limit the use of litter from poultry farms as fertilizer. A new report outlines just how much that would cost.


To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home

The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. While many restaurants, supermarkets and processors are taking responsibility, many consumers aren't. An EPA pilot program aims to change that.
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More Than 210,000 Virginians Support 'Clean Power Plan'

Federal regulations announced earlier this year by the EPA aim to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 — despite protests from industry groups, many Virginians registered comments supporting the plan.


Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades

A stretch of unusually warm water is lingering off of the West Coast. Scientists are calling it "the blob." Fishermen are calling it the best the thing to happen to their industry in 20 years.

Success Record is Mixed For Global Climate Deals

As China and the U.S. strike a landmark climate change deal, NPR's Scott Simon asks science correspondent Christopher Joyce how effective these climate targets have been historically.

Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Researchers writing in the journal Science say that if the rate of global warming goes unchecked, the frequency of lightning strikes will increase by 50 percent.

Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

Last month, the company asked the judge to reconsider a ruling that could trigger fines under the Clean Water Act. And on Thursday, he said no. The company says it will appeal.

China Agrees To Pollution Limits, But Will It Make A Difference?

China has for the first time announced a ceiling to its future carbon emissions. Critics say the commitment is primarily symbolic, and unlikely to have a significant impact in the near future.

With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Three years of severe drought in California is forcing farmers and ranchers to make some tough choices. In some cases, they're rethinking everything about their business and finding new opportunities.