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La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry For Destroying Wetlands

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects the city from hurricanes and other disasters. So the government group charged with shielding New Orleans from flooding sued about 100 oil and gas companies on Wednesday for their role in damaging coastal wetlands.
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What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA

Biologists have discovered they can track hard-to-see species in streams, ponds and even the ocean by sampling the water for DNA. Scientists say the technique is an important conservation tool: So far, it's been used to track declining giant salamanders and even locate a rare whale.
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Why The Latest Gulf Leak Is No BP Disaster

Deep-sea natural gas reservoirs sometimes contain oil, but experts say it's highly unlikely Tuesday's accident in the Gulf of Mexico would leak anything like the BP spill. And there are signs suggesting the only thing crews have to deal with is leaking gas.
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Removing A Tree In Montgomery County? It Could Cost You

Want to remove a tree lining your Montgomery County residence? Thanks to new legislation, it's going to cost you $750.

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Date Set for Virginia Offshore Wind Auction

Eight energy companies are expected to bid for right to develop the designated offshore wind area, which measures larger than 112,000 acres. 

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Solar-Powered Cars Hit The Racetrack

Whether it's a plane, car or boat, some vehicles are now relying on solar power to get from here to there. At the new Formula One track in Austin, Texas, there are even solar-powered race cars.
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Fish Return To A Mining County River

The Cheat River runs through historic mining country in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Coal has been an economic boost to the area, but often at a cost to the environment. The Cheat was one such casualty.
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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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