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Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.
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Canadian Regulators Investigate Mysterious Tar Sands Spills

Oil developers in the Canadian Tar Sands are trying to understand some odd oil eruptions around several drilling platforms where oil is coming up through the ground rather than through the wells they drilled. The latest of these events tarred about 50 acres of forest.
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The Changing Suburbs

For decades, the suburbs were seen as ideal communities for middle and upper class families looking for good schools and safe communities. But now, suburbia is home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

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Scientists Study Impact Of Sandy On Flora and Fauna In Tidal Marshes

A team of scientists is looking into the effects Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.

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Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

The industry estimates that the U.S. will need to add 2,000 miles of pipeline per year, and that's just natural gas. Oil will need its own infrastructure. That means there will be a lot of pipeline going through a lot of private land — along with sometimes long, drawn-out legal fights with landowners.
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Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.
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Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
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Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.
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The Rise Of Bloodsucking Insects You Can't Just Swat Away

Bugs and summertime go hand-in-hand, but we are increasingly coming into contact with once-rare, disease-carrying insects. Buzzing in our ears, these pests have lots to say about globalization and the creep of invasive species.
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Was O'Malley's Climate Change Speech Full Of Hints At Presidential Bid?

In a policy speech on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley pledged to work to cut greenhouse gas emissions — perhaps foreshadowing a plank of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

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