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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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States Improve In Decreasing Wastewater Into The Bay

States that have rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay are making progress, according to the latest numbers from two non-profits.

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Apple's Change Of Heart On Green Certification

Apple is rejoining a widely used registry of environmentally friendly electronic devices. The surprise move comes after the company received harsh public criticism for turning its back on its green environmental image.
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Climate Change Ups Odds Of Heat Waves, Drought

Reporting in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers write that extreme heat waves, such as the one last year in Texas, are 20 times more likely today than they were in the 1960s. NOAA climatologist Tom Peterson discusses what future climate change may bring.

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