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For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Farmers in New Mexico are worried about the future of the state's most beloved crop: green and red chiles. They're increasingly relying on salty groundwater, which damages the soil and the crops.
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Schools Say Ciao To Plastic Lunch Trays, Hello To Compostable Plates

Six of the nation's largest school districts are ditching polystyrene lunch trays in favor of compostable plates. The hope is that they'll incentivize cities to build more composting facilities.
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Halibut Dumping Stirs Fight Among Fishing Fleets In Alaska

Last year, big fleets in the Bering Sea caught more halibut, by accident, than local fishermen caught on purpose. The big ships throw out that halibut; the local fishermen make their living from it.
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Los Angeles Oil Blobs Could Be Related To Santa Barbara Spill

Last month's oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara could be more far reaching than originally thought. The number of dead wildlife being recovered continues to grow by the day.
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Two-Year Moratorium On Fracking Takes Effect In Maryland

A two-year moratorium on the practice known as fracking has taken effect in Maryland, allowing opponents time they say is needed to further make the case that it harms the environment and shouldn't be allowed at all.
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Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

Though past measurements have suggested global warming all but stopped in the late 1990s, newly refined figures show Earth's warming has continued unabated.
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EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

The report says there are few incidents of tainted water given the number of wells. Energy companies agree. Environmentalists accuse the industry of undue influence over the study.
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California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer

Drought-stricken Central Valley farmers are pointing fingers at the Sacramento Delta, where water still flows reliably. There's more pressure than ever to change a long-standing water rights system.
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'The Barge' Seeks To Keep Invasive Species From Hitching A Ride Overseas

Researchers are working on a barge docked in Baltimore to find ways to get rid of invasive species that arrive on international cargo ships.

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Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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