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Two D.C.Universities Go Solar

Two local universities will get half their energy next year from solar power. The deal could encourage more schools and businesses to move away from fossil fuels, but raises questions about cost and efficiency.

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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.
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Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.
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McAuliffe To Announce New Virginia Climate Change Commission

A new commission that will issue recommendations on how the Commonwealth of Virginia can cope with the effects of climate change will be announced today.

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Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

On Tuesday, NASA is to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.
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Assateague State Park Ranked High For Clean Water

An annual report has given Assateague State Park's beach a "superstar'" rating for water quality.
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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression In Chinese Children

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.
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Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.
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Thinking Small To Solve Environmental Problems In The Chesapeake

The Choptank River, which begins in Kent County, Delaware, is emblematic of the environmental problems facing many of the waterways in the region, and is a source of interest for scientists and environmentalists in the region.

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Drought Has Drillers Running After Shrinking California Water Supply

Farmers and ranchers, increasingly reliant on pumping groundwater, are desperate to have more and more wells installed. This frenzy could deplete California's aquifers, experts say.

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