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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
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Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When the tortoise died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve his body, and his legacy.
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Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.
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U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.
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Many Of Oregon's Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk

The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they'd likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance of a major quake along the West Coast in the next fifty years — the kind of quake that hit Japan in 2011.
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Opposition Grows To Nicaragua Canal Connecting Atlantic And Pacific

The canal would allow passage for the largest ships on the water, but cut through wetlands, forests and the region's largest freshwater lake — and environmentalists worry about the consequences.
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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.
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Maryland Army Vet Helps Fellow Service Members Transition To Civilian Work

When Capt. Justen Garrity found it nearly impossible to find a job after he left the U.S. Army, he decided to strike out on his own.

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Severe Pollution In India Shortens Life Expectancy, Study Says

Nobel Prize winner Al Gore was in India this week training some 500 people to evangelize about global warming and convince India to get on board with commitment to cap emissions.
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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.

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