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Wal-Mart, America's Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables

Lots of tasty, nutritious produce ends up in landfills because it doesn't meet retail beauty standards. Now Wal-Mart is testing sales of wonky apples and spuds in hundreds of Texas and Florida stores.
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Environmental Outlook: New Efforts To Save African Lions

The trophy killing of Cecil the Lion brought new attention to the plight of African lions. Yet many conservationists say the main threat to lions is not trophy hunting, but habitat loss and locals killing them to protect their livestock. For this month's Environmental Outlook: strategies to save African lions.

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NASA Scientists Predict Another All-Time Heat Record For 2016

During the 12 months from May 2015 to May 2016, each month set an all-time heat record. That's on average around the world. Some places were not record breakers, but overall, global warming is increasing. NASA scientists talk about what the rest of this year may look like, and whether it will set yet another global record.
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States' Lawsuits Say VW Execs Ran A Cover-Up Of Diesel Emissions Cheating

Citing "a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance" at Volkswagen, New York and Massachusetts have filed civil lawsuits against the carmaker.
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The Smoggy Seas: Cargo Ships Bring Pollution, Health Risks

Eight of the 10 busiest ports are in East Asia. A new study shows how the growing number of cargo ships are polluting the air and threatening health.
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WATCH: The Secret Buzz Only Bumblebees Know To Unlock Our Favorite Crops

Some plants will release their pollen only to bees that buzz in just the right way. It's a risky strategy — and it's critical to human agriculture, from tomatoes to blueberries.
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A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."
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Not In My Landfill: Georgia Residents Fight Plan To Store Toxic Coal Ash

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Now utilities are planning to close down the ponds that hold the toxic ash, but it has to go somewhere. Environmentalists say the safest place for it is in securely lined landfills, such as the municipal landfill in Wayne County, Ga. Locals are fighting the plan, but there's not much they can do.
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell On 100 Years Of National Parks And Challenges Ahead

As the National Parks Service celebrates its centennial year, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with Diane about the future of parks, prioritizing diversity and conservation challenges as NPS looks to create the next generation of outdoor stewards.

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Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass

Biomass was rising a decade ago as a carbon-neutral energy. But the industry is sputtering as oil and natural gas booms, and some scientists are questioning if it's actually good for the environment.

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