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To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.
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The Mission To Fly A Solar-Powered Plane Around The World

In 1999, the Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon. The journey took three weeks but he almost didn’t make it, nearly running out of fuel. That close call inspired Piccard to...

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BP Ends Oil Spill Cleanup In Gulf, Except For Louisiana

The Coast Guard will be responsible for any reports of residual oil in areas outside BP's Louisiana patrol zone along the Gulf Coast. There's no end in sight for BP's cleanup efforts in Louisiana, a Coast Guard officer says.
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Commentary: Burying Power Lines Won't Stop Severe Weather

D.C. lawmakers are considering a $1 billion-plan to bury 60 power lines to help reduce storm-related power outages. But commentator Mike Tidwell says the debate about burying lines is missing a larger point: how to address climate change.
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City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
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Rail Project At L.A. Port Draws Environmental Group Ire

In California, a high-profile lawsuit is seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Activists say the massive project would mean even more pollution for nearby neighborhoods that already have some of the worst air in the country.
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Plug Pulled On California Nuclear Plant, For Good

Southern California Edison announced Friday morning that it will not restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. The facility has been offline for a year and a half after a leak in a steam tube created safety concerns.

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