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Shaping The City: Transportation Transformation In 2014

Architect Roger Lewis and Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman explore how new streetcars and a new Metro line will will re-shape transportation in our region in 2014.

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Maryland Moves Forward On Plans To Harness Offshore Wind Power

The federal Department of the Interior has announced a proposed "notice of sale" for nearly 80,000 acres for offshore wind development about 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City.
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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. That's the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.
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From 'Death Jars' To Wasps: A Quest To Stamp Out The Stink Bug

From coast to coast, the invasive insect is costing U.S. farmers millions in crop damage, and it has become a smelly nuisance for homeowners. But researchers say they may have found some low-tech solutions to the stink-bug menace.
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New Owner Of Two Maryland Power Plants To Stop Burning Coal

NRG Energy is asking for federal permission to deactivate the coal units at its facilities in Dickerson in Montgomery County and Chalk Point in Prince George's County.
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Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

One former anti-nuke activist says the world can't afford to dismiss nuclear power, if we're to rein in global warming. Nuclear plants provide a more reliable energy supply than wind or solar, he says, and without the high carbon emissions that fossil fuels produce.
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Scientists Find Tiny Exfoliating Beads In Great Lakes Fish Guts

Tiny plastic beads used in some cosmetics and toothpaste are making their way into the bellies of fish in the Great Lakes, and it's raising concern among environmentalists. Dr. Sherri Mason, a chemistry professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, has been researching the issue, and she joins Audie Cornish to explain what this means for the Great Lakes ecosystem.
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How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic. And there's a lot of plastic in the open ocean, which scientists say can act like a sponge, soaking up the chemicals already out there.
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O'Malley Takes Over as Chair of Chesapeake Executive Council

The Chesapeake Bay Program has chosen Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as the next chair of its executive council.
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Scientists Battle Over Fate Of Yellowstone's Grizzlies

Long protected by the Endangered Species Act, the Yellowstone grizzly population may have grown enough to come off the list. But many independent biologists say the Yellowstone grizzly is far from healthy, and they're trying to keep the government from "delisting" it.

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