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Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.
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A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."
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California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Residents will have to pay for wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down driveways and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle.
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D.C. Council Approves Bill Banning Styrofoam Containers

By 2016, restaurants, cafes and food trucks will no longer be able to use Styrofoam containers.
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Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

Marine biologists worry that certain species won't survive the shifts in sea acidity that climate change brings. But research on sea grasses along California's coast suggest marine preserves can help.
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Coal-Burning Power Plant To Give New Life To Texas Oil Field

About 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide will be captured annually from a coal-burning power plant near Houston. Then the CO2 will be injected into a nearby oil field to help boost crude production.
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Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Desmond D'Sa fought a landfill that took over a beautiful valley and sickened residents with its awful smell. He lost his job but won the battle — and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
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Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking

Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.
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The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.
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Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

This spring, the river's final stretch flowed freely for the first time in 50 years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to writer Rowan Jacobsen about his paddling trip down the temporarily-restored delta.

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