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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.
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South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.
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What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."
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D.C. Ranks No. 2 For Energy Star Buildings; What Does That Mean?

Next to Los Angeles, D.C. has more Energy Star certified buildings than any U.S. city. But what exactly does that mean?
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D.C. Area Leaders Glean Lessons From Elk River Chemical Spill

The chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River has put the District's water security into relief at a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.
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Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

The federal government just listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but states are pushing back hard, saying that restrictions could negatively impact a number of industries.
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Park Services Donates 3,300 Pounds Of Venison From Rock Creek Deer Cull

As a result of Rock Creek Park’s deer cull, the National Park Service says it has donated 3,300 pounds of venison to D.C. Central Kitchen to help people in need.
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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
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States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

As a new tornado season begins, Illinois officials say they need more help from the federal government, and Sens. Kirk and Durbin have reintroduced a bill proposing changes to the disaster formula.

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