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As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

The lack of rain has hit all of California hard but perhaps no place more than Tulare County, an hour south of Fresno. It's home to 60 percent of the residential wells that have gone dry in the state.
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Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Oklahoma's governor is deciding whether to sign a bill that prevents communities from banning fracking and other oil and gas activity. Lawmakers were spooked by a voter-approved fracking ban in Texas.
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In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.
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Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.
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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.
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Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Workers continue to clean the coastline near Santa Barbara, where some 105,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled. Several pelicans, both dead and alive, have been found soaked in oil.
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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.
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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.
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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds To Pipeline Operator's Dismal Safety Record

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.

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