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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
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D.C.'s RiverSmart Project Takes Aggressive Approach To Polluted Runoff

Experts are taking everything they know about reducing storm water runoff and putting various techniques to the test in two D.C. neighborhoods.

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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.
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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.
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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.
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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.
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Virginia's Two U.S. Senators Diverge On Keystone XL Pipeline

Now that the House of Representatives has approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the fight moves to the Senate, and it's pitting Virginia's two senators against each other.
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House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

The vote came hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court cleared the way for the controversial pipeline. The GOP-controlled Senate is also considering legislation to approve the pipeline.
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What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.
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Proposed Bill Would Double Renewable Energy Requirement In Maryland

The Maryland Clean Energy Advancement bill would force electricity suppliers in the state to provide 40 percent of their power from renewable sources by the year 2025.

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