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Around The World, Cities Plan For Extreme Weather

From record-breaking temperatures to long droughts, extreme weather events are on the rise. Many meteorologists and climatologists say it's only going to get worse. Many cities are putting plans in place to prepare for a range of costly and deadly weather disasters.
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Montgomery County Officials Move To Ban Potentially Hazardous Pavement Sealant

A bill that seeks to ban the use or sale of a potentially hazardous pavement sealant, is moving forward in the Montgomery County Council.

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Farmers Battle Worst U.S. Drought In 50 Years

Scenes from two farms in Poolesville, Md., where the worst drought this country has seen in 50 years is likely to have a devastating effect on farmers' bottom lines this year.

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With Funding Gone, Last Undersea Lab Could Surface

For nearly 20 years, the NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base has operated off Key Largo 60 feet underwater as the world's only undersea research station. The Obama administration has essentially killed its funding, and the staff is now working to find other money to keep the research station alive.
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Analysis: Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Milestones Are A Mixed Bag

Cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay have been underway for two years now, and as Beth McGee, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, explains, the progress towards the 2025 goal has come in fits and starts.

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From Coal To Gas: The Potential Risks And Rewards

A new report links some extreme weather events to climate change, but greenhouse gas emissions have been declining in recent years. In part, the decrease might be attributed to the change from coal to natural gas for energy production, but that too has its critics, and draws concerns over potential environmental impact.
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Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
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'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution

In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found something worth looking at. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.

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