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Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

The industry estimates that the U.S. will need to add 2,000 miles of pipeline per year, and that's just natural gas. Oil will need its own infrastructure. That means there will be a lot of pipeline going through a lot of private land — along with sometimes long, drawn-out legal fights with landowners.
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Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.
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Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
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Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.
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The Rise Of Bloodsucking Insects You Can't Just Swat Away

Bugs and summertime go hand-in-hand, but we are increasingly coming into contact with once-rare, disease-carrying insects. Buzzing in our ears, these pests have lots to say about globalization and the creep of invasive species.
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Was O'Malley's Climate Change Speech Full Of Hints At Presidential Bid?

In a policy speech on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley pledged to work to cut greenhouse gas emissions — perhaps foreshadowing a plank of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

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The Future Of Georgetown

One of D.C.'s most venerable neighborhoods is contemplating it's future in a changing city. Kojo explores historic Georgetown's efforts to envision the future.

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The FDA Doesn't Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA's new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But the proposal could make it much harder for organic farmers who believe in keeping their free-range birds on true pastures.
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O'Malley To Offer Update On Maryland's Efforts To Fight Climate Change

The Maryland governor is hosting a summit on Thursday to speak about his administration's goal for the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. 

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Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Water in all its forms has caused trouble at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant this week. They are reminders that the problems are far from over.

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