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As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war the corn rootworm. They're returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren't working so well anymore.
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Virginia Begins Largest Oyster Replenishment in State History

Under the program, one billion oyster shells will be returned to public oyster grounds.

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One Garden's Climate Struggle (And How To Save Yours)

Two longtime gardeners share the changes they've seen over the years at Hillwood Estate in Washington, D.C. As blooming times become more sporadic, new flowers stand out as stars and an unwelcome fungus springs to life. Take notes: Your garden might benefit from some adjustments.
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What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

Across the Midwest this summer, scientists are wading into 100 streams to collect water samples and check cages for fish eggs. It's part of a large study to understand how pesticides and agricultural chemicals from farms are affecting the nation's streams.
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With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

As the western U.S. continues to bake in 100-plus degree heat, the high temperatures are making pavement buckle and power lines droop. Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center talks about heat's effects on infrastructure, and how cities can adapt for increasing temperatures.
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Film Rankles Environmentalists By Advocating Nuclear Power

A new documentary argues that environmentalists should favor nuclear power, not oppose it, on the grounds that the world's growing appetite for energy can't be met solely with wind and solar. Pandora's Promise is in theaters now, and not winning friends in the mainstream environmental movement.
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Wildfire Season So Far: Tragic, Destructive And Below Average

So far during the 2013 wildfire season, more than 800 homes and businesses have burned to the ground, nearly 1.6 million acres were scorched and over 23,000 blazes have required suppression. And two dozen firefighters have died. But as dramatic as it's been, the season has yet to kick into high gear.
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National Science Foundation Headquarters Moving To Alexandria

The government agency is relocating from Arlington to the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., in a multi-million dollar deal that includes a significant tax break.
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Obama Renews Effort To Address Climate Change

Republicans say President Obama's new climate change policy will increase utility rates in the region.

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Obama: U.S. Should Lead Assault on Climate Change

This week President Obama announced his plan to tackle climate change, including proposals to regulate gas and coal emissions, and brace the nation for rising seas. David Roberts, who covers energy and climate change for Grist.org, talks about what to expect from the plan — and how much the president can accomplish without the help of Congress.

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