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How To Put A Value On Oil Damaged Life In The Gulf

A law passed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill requires the government to assess the biological damage from big spills so fines can be fixed and damage paid for. The National Academy of Sciences has a report describing the methods and metrics of determining the "ecosystem services" that have been lost due to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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U.S. Puts Oil Pipeline Plan In Limbo Until After 2012 Vote

A final decision on building a new oil pipeline to connect Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries near the Gulf of Mexico will not be made until after the 2012 presidential election, the State Department said Thursday.
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Conservancy Gives Potomac 'D' For Pollution

The Potomac Conservancy has downgraded the river to a D, based on worsening pollution conditions in the D.C. area.

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Feds Delay Decision On Pipeline Project

The State Department is delaying a decision for at least a year on whether to approve the Keystone pipeline. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. to Gulf of Mexico refineries. Nebraska's state government and environmental groups have put intense pressure on the State Department and White House to reject the pipeline's proposed route. NPR's Richard Harris talks with Robert Siegel about the project.
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Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

The villages on Norton Sound are right at the water's edge, and with the ice developing progressively later each season, Carven Scott says meteorologists worry storms like this one will become a more regular occurrence.
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Final Keystone Pipeline Decision Delayed

The State Department has ordered the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it from environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska, possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.
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'Wind Chill' Gets A New Name

Guy Raz speaks with Greg Gust, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service for Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota, about new cold temperature warnings. The National Weather Service will start using "extreme cold alerts" rather than "wind chill warnings" in some cases to alert people about dangerously cold temperatures.

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