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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Grows Green Algae

The National Park Service's efforts to be greener has inadvertently led to a green buildup in the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.

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World Rhinocerous Day Pokes At A Serious Issue

On World Rhino Day, people across the globe celebrate the rhinoceros and raise awareness to save all five species.
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Synchronized Flushing In Zimbabwe Is Not A New Olympic Sport

Residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city are flushing the toilets at the same time tonight. The action isn't some form of protest, but the result of 72 hours of water restrictions thanks to a severe drought.
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Chimney Rock Becomes Newest National Monument

An ancient beauty in southwestern Colorado, Chimney Rock became the third national monument named by President Obama on Friday. More than just a spectacular feature, Chimney Rock's towering sandstone pillars were of astronomical importance to the ancestral Pueblo people over 1,000 years ago.
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Printing Solar Panels In The Backyard

With crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter, a team of inventors are building a Solar Pocket Factory: a machine designed to print micro solar panels--like the ones used in phone chargers and garden lights. Co-inventor Shawn Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the machine works.
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The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America

Each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food. Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and author Jonathan Bloom discuss the economic and environmental impacts of food waste, and what can be done to fight the growing problem.
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Programs Imitate People In Experimental Eco-House

At a new experimental house run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, software programs replicate the day-to-day activities of humans. The goal is to demonstrate that an energy-efficient house can be "net zero," not consuming more energy than it produces.

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Fairfax County Joins Virginia In Suing EPA Over Runoff

New standards for controlling stormwater runoff have brought together Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Fairfax County government in a suit against the EPA.

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