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Antarctica Visitors Unwittingly Bring Invasive Species

The far reaches of Antarctica are no longer visited only by scientists and their support staff. Adventure tourists and curiosity seekers from Europe, North America and beyond now come by the boatful — and they're bringing some souvenirs from home. Ecologist Steven Chown tells Robert Siegel that visitors unknowingly carry seeds on their clothes and bags. He says they've helped spread dozens of invasive plant species on the continent and risk permanently changing Antarctica's ecology.
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D.C. Employees To Plead Guilty For Environmental Violations

Two District employees will plead guilty to charges that they took bribes to overlook environmental regulations at a construction site in southwest D.C.

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Activists March For Fracking Tax In Maryland

Opponents of the controversial fracking techniqueare marching in support of a bill introduced in Maryland that would impose a tax on land leased for extracting natural gas.

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Pigweed: A Genetically Diverse Monster

Pigweed is a weed that's changed life for practically every cotton farmer in Georgia. One expert says if you can't manage it, you won't be picking your cotton field.
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Sustainable Sushi: See The Video. But Don't Eat The Eel

Can sushi be sustainable? Yes, says one Oregon restaurant. It's selling that message in a popular new video. But most sushi purveyors aren't on the sustainability bandwagon.
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Meteorite Hunter Scours The Ground For Bits Of Sky

Every so often, pieces of heaven crash into Earth, and Ruben Garcia is looking for them. Aboard his trusty Jeep, the meteorite hunter rides the Arizona landscape, searching for space rocks with a magnetic golf club.
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Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes

After a deal was announced late Friday, a federal judge in New Orleans postponed a trial set for next week. The proposed settlement covers only private plaintiffs; BP still faces lawsuits from other companies involved in the disaster, and from the federal and state governments.
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Montgomery County Council President Concerned With Deer Population

The president of the Montgomery County Council is asking the National Park Service to come up with a plan to reduce the deer population near the C&O Canal Park.

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Michael Mann, From The Trenches Of The 'Climate War'

In his book The Hockey Stick And The Climate Wars, Michael Mann discusses what he calls a well-funded campaign to discredit climate change. He describes efforts by opponents with ties to the fossil fuel industry to harass climate scientists and create doubt about climate change.
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Judge Dismisses Organic Farmers' Case Against Monsanto

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and several other plaintiff growers do not use Monsanto seeds, but had hoped that the federal judge would agree that Monsanto should not be allowed to sue them if pollen from the company's patented crops happened to drift into their fields.

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