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Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C.

Embassies in D.C. are pledging to work with the District government on environmental sustainability measures.

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Honda Hybrid Owners Win Small Claims

Honda Civic hybrid owner Heather Peters brought and won a small claims suit against Honda Motor Company because her car failed to achieve the 50 miles per gallon fuel efficiency the company claimed the car could get. She won $9,867 in damages, which exceeds the proposed class action settlement in a suit brought against Honda by Civic hybrid owners which was rejected by a Federal judge last year. Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times has been following both cases and fills Melissa Block in on the story.
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Tick Tally Reveals Lyme Disease Risk

Researchers counted more than 5,000 ticks to calculate the risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S. Turns out the risk is high in the Northeast and nearly zero in the South.
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Is Today's Beef Better For The Environment?

A new study wants to rectify beef's image as an environmental miscreant. It says modern beef production is a lot kinder to the environment than it was 30 years ago.
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Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades' Animals

Burmese pythons have been slithering around south Florida for decades, but scientists now say the invasive constrictors are so bad, they're eating their way through the swamps. The snakes have decimated populations of mammals like raccoons, possums and white-tailed deer.
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Pacific Mackerel Stocks That Feed Farmed Salmon In Decline

At current rates of overfishing, jack mackerel stocks in the southern Pacific could collapse soon, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reports.
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Trapping Trash Before It Gets To The Anacostia

Money from D.C.'s bag tax is being put to good use; the District has deployed several giant skimmers to help collect trash in the area's waterways. 

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University Park Becomes Energy Efficient

A small Maryland community is taking large strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wolves Attract Tourists, But Reality Lurks

A niche industry of tour companies is taking people into wolves' habitat at Yellowstone National Park. Montana Public Radio's Dan Boyce went on an expedition with a man who recognizes the problems wolves bring to the landscape even as he makes his living off of them.
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How 'Space Weather' Affects Planes And Power Grids

This week solar flares sent a huge blast of X-rays and charged particles screaming towards the Earth. Solar astronomer David Hathaway and physicist Doug Biesecker discuss the sun's explosive behavior, and how that 'space weather' affects satellites, airplanes and the electric grid.

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