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Officials Combat Big Stink In Southern California

Melissa Block talks to Jack Crayon, an environmental scientist at California's Department of Fish and Game, about odd smells that have invaded a large area in Southern California. He says it smells like the gases from the Salton Sea.
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Virginia Loses Some Funding For Chesapeake Restoration

The federal government is withholding $1.2 million in funding slated for the Chesapeake Bay restoration in Virginia, citing the commonwealth's unwillingness to address runoff.

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How Oregon's Prized Pinot Noir Grapes Will Take The Heat Of Climate Change

Warming temperatures are forcing Oregon winemakers to rethink Pinot Noir, a picky but popular grape. But there is another problem with climate change — what if it gets colder instead of warmer?
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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record

More sea ice in the Arctic Ocean melted in the summer of 2012 than at any time since scientists began tracking the phenomenon. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris discusses how the historic loss of ice cover could affect weather conditions around the world.
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Virginia Conservation Efforts Face Calls For Reform

Despite the success of conservation efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, some critics say the process needs to be adapted to funnel money to the most high-priority projects.

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When Heat Kills: Global Warming As Public Health Threat

Emerging science shows that people respond more favorably to warnings about climate change when it's portrayed as a health issue rather than as an environmental problem. Should the symbol for danger be a child instead of a polar bear?
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NPS To Build Corridor Connecting Maryland Parks

The National Park Service is developing a 10-mile natural corridor that will connect several parks in Frederick County.

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Oregon Power Project Needs The Motion Of The Ocean

A generator that makes electricity from wave power is being prepared for installation some two and a half miles off the Oregon coast. Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, discusses the project and why some Oregon residents are looking to the sea as a source of renewable energy.
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European Central Bank Meets On Interest Rates

Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.

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