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Where The Sidewalk War Begins...Again

In a tree-lined suburb in Northwest D.C., a debate over sidewalks is resurfacing a years-long tension.

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Pepco Pushes For A Rate Hike In D.C.

Pepco is asking regulators in D.C. to sign off on the electric utility's first increase in three years. We explore what's at stake for consumers and why Pepco feels higher rates are necessary.

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Communities Uneasy As Utilities Look For Places To Store Coal Ash

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the EPA imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Two towns are pushing back against different ways of storing the ash.
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How Blockchain Helps Brooklyn Dwellers Use Neighbors' Solar Energy

A project called TransActive Grid is testing a new way to trade solar power among neighbors. For now only credits are being traded — not actual energy — using the technology that underpins bitcoin.
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Adelie Penguins In Danger

A new study says the population of Adelie penguins in the Antarctic could drop dramatically in population by 2099 due to climate change. Megan Cimino, who headed the study, explains why.
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Thick, Putrid Algae Bloom Overwhelms Miles Of Florida Coastline

A massive bloom of blue-green algae caused by discharge from a polluted lake is covering beaches in foul-smelling muck and raising health and environmental concerns.
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Why Are Diamonds Worth So Much?

Someone bid $61 million for an uncut diamond this week. NPR's Scott Simon asks Rachelle Bergstein, author of "Brilliance and Fire: the Biography of Diamonds," what makes a rock worth so much money?
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To Fight Pollution, Paris Imposes Weekday Ban On Old Cars

The city is banning pre-1997 cars and pre-2000 motorcycles from the streets in daylight hours during the week — a move opposed by some advocates for the poor and vintage car collectors.
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Should Pacific Bluefin Tuna Be Listed As An Endangered Species?

Environmental groups have asked the U.S. to give the prized fish protection under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists and activists say the chances are slim but the action is long overdue.
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Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.

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