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What's That Smell? Oh, Right: The Corpse Flower Has Bloomed

A corpse flower at the U.S. Botanic Garden has bloomed—and yes, it smells exactly like what it's called. 

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Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

Fire is a natural part of the western landscape, and a push over the last century to eliminate fires has threatened the habitats that some plants and animals need. In a Montana valley, fire scientists are trying to show that they can actually save wilderness by burning it.
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Thirsty? 'Sweat Machine' Turns Perspiration Into Drinking Water

The new device, being used by UNICEF to promote safe drinking water, extracts moisture from worn clothes using a technique known as membrane distillation.
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Group To March 100 Miles To White House To Protest Inaction On Climate Change

The walk from Camp David, Md. to the White House seeks to draw attention back to the issue of climate change.

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Environmentalists, Developers Fight Over Montgomery County Creek

Could plans to build new homes near Montgomery County's Ten Mile Creek endanger a critical source of clean water?

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Bladensburg Gets First Farm On Grounds Of Low-Income Apartments

The first urban farm built on the grounds of a low-income apartment complex is taking root in Bladensburg, Md.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Down The Hatch

From mussels to moussaka, we'll focus on food and drink as we bring you our annual show about the D.C. region's culinary culture.

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How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish

Pesticides carry warning labels that spell out health risks and how workers should protect themselves — but those labels are usually in English. More than 80 percent of the workers in the "salad bowls" of Salinas, Calif., or Yuma, Ariz., are Hispanic. Many have difficulty communicating in English.
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EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

The building housing the Environmental Protection Agency got a new name on Wednesday: it's now the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building. The former president tallied his administration's accomplishments at a renaming ceremony.
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In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer's field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.

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