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A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

The Earth's average annual temperature has been rising for decades, but not in the last 15 years — colder winters and hotter summers notwithstanding. Now scientists offer evidence that this "pause" in average warming is because a cooler Pacific is temporarily taking up more heat than usual.
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To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
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Boosting Public Access To The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Chesapeake Bay has more than 11,000 miles of shoreline but only 2 percent of it offers swimmers, boaters and fisherman access to the Bay. We explore the push for more public access.

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Coalition Calls On Dominion Power To Shift To Renewable Sources

As Dominion Power outlines its 15-year plan for providing power to Virginians, an environmental coalition is calling on the utility to rely on more renewable sources.

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Federal Officials Say Virus To Blame For Dolphin Deaths

Federal officials say that a virus is to blame for the death of hundreds of dolphins in Virginia and along the Atlantic Coast.

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STUNNING VIDEO: Pilots' View Of California's Rim Fire

California Air National Guard crews battling the huge blaze have taken some amazing videos as they pass over the flames and smoke.
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Alexandria Leaders Grapple With Ten Million Gallons Of Raw Sewage

City leaders in Alexandria want to keep dumping raw sewage into the Potomac River for another two decades, but a group of residents is hoping to put an end to the stinky practice much earlier than that.

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Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland

If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
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Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
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Emergency Fertilizer Regulations Withdrawn In Maryland

The consideration of regulations on agricultural fertilizer use in Maryland has been postponed following criticism about how implementation would be executed.

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