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As Nuclear Plants Age, No Easy Energy Solutions

Nuclear power generates 20 percent of electricity in the U.S., but the nation's reactors are aging — and new plants are expensive and take years to build. Gas, coal, wind and solar are potential alternatives, but all have environmental or logistical drawbacks.
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U.S. Treasury Earns LEED Certification

The federal building in charge of green is going green. The U.S. Treasury Building has been awarded LEED certification.
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Frederick Water Quality Improved After Spill

City officials in Frederick say the water quality has improved following a raw sewage spill in early December.
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Baltimore Aims To Make Inner Harbor Swimmable By 2020

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the object of a $220 million plan to cut pollution and make the water both fishable and swimmable by 2020.

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At Year's End, Reflecting On Cycles In Modern Life

The New Year inspires many people to start fresh. Some vow to exercise more or quit smoking, others clean house or meditate. And we do it again and again, year after year. Astrophysicist Adam Frank explains the role that cycles — natural and arbitrary — play in our lives, and how technology has altered those cycles over time.
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Petroleum Leak Mars Portion Of Four Mile Run

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Officials in Arlington County are urging residents to avoid a section of Four Mile Run, after a petroleum leak was discovered that could render the waters dangerous.

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Fighting To Survive On The Chesapeake Bay (Originally Broadcast On Coastal Connection 9/16/2011)

Chesapeake Bay watermen say they're worried their way of life may be on the way out.
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Insect Invaders: Getting Rid of Stinkbugs (Originally Broadcast 4/08/2011)

Stinkbugs are putting a dent in farmers' profits, and the USDA is now experimenting to see if it can eradicate the species with its natural predator.
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Maryland Prison To Get Energy From Chicken Waste

A prison in Maryland hopes to eventually get a third of its energy from chicken waste. 

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Turbulence As EU Court OKs Fee On Plane Emissions

A European court ruled Wednesday that airlines flying into and out of European airports will have to pay a price for the carbon dioxide they emit when they burn jet fuel. U.S. carriers had been fighting the plan in court, arguing they've already done their part by becoming more fuel-efficient.

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