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Wastewater Used To Calculate Ocean City Population

Ocean City officials are using an unusual method to determine the number of people in town--a method that involves the amount of wastewater that runs through pipes.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Town To Tap Sewers For Energy

Officials in Brainerd, Minn., say the sewers below the city streets are a huge potential source of energy that could be used for heating and cooling. A local company has devised a system to capture the energy, and city officials plan to hook up the police station by the end of the year.
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Cleaner Water In Virginia Rivers, Runoff Still Problematic

According to environmental groups, Virginia is taking significant steps towards cleaning its waterways, but urban runoff continues to get worse, despite attempts to address it.

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Researchers Take Stock Of 2011 Weather

How much of the recent hot weather can be attributed to global warming? Scientists will no doubt dig into the data and grapple with that question in the months to come. They have already taken a stab at that question regarding some of last year's extreme weather events, like the drought in Texas.
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Firm Blamed In The Costliest Onshore Oil Spill Ever

More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil gushed into wetlands and a creek in western Michigan in 2010 after a pipeline operated by the Canadian company Enbridge burst. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board says the company and the agency that regulates it are culpable.
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Intense Heat Has Lasting Impact Across U.S.

2012 is off to the warmest start since at least 1895, when record-keeping began. While the latest heat wave finally broke across much of the U.S., it factored in dozens of deaths and forced many employers to shift workers' schedules. The intense heat also left many farmers and ranchers scrambling.
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Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

Naturally polluted water from the Marcellus Shale can rise up through the natural-gas-rich rock formation to the surface. That means that water used in fracking potentially could, too. The water may be making its way up through natural fractures in the earth or old oil and gas wells.
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Tell the World Your Big Idea With NPR's 'What's Your Big Idea?' Video Contest

Do you have a good idea? Something that could change the world? NPR wants to know. Our new "What's Your Big Idea?" video contest will showcase the big ideas of people ages 13 to 25. It's all part of our exploration of the process of innovation and invention. So, what's your big idea?

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