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Man's Call To America: Turn Off That Air Conditioner

This summer has been the second-hottest ever recorded in the United States, pushing power demands to record levels. To some, the country's growing reliance on air conditioning puts it at risk of a vicious circle: cooling down by burning energy — which raises emissions levels.
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Floods Wash Out Maryland Trails

Maryland state parks are still feeling the effects from the heavy storms and flooding earlier this month.

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Documenting The Sound Of Fallen Trees (And Planes)

Researchers at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon have been documenting the park's soundscape. But human-caused noises, like airplanes, are making it harder to hear.
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Irene Aftermath: When It Rains, It Spores

Foragers in the Northeast say they've seen more mushrooms since Hurricane Irene tore through the region than ever before. While there are more than 1,000 varieties, only a couple dozen are edible.
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Balancing Budgets And R&D

With all forms of federal spending under the microscope, spending on scientific research, technology development, and science education is facing deep cuts. In an editorial in the journal Science Congressman Rush Holt argues for keeping research and development as a key part of the federal budget.
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EPA Postpones Power Plant Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay new rules that would limit emissions of climate-warming gases from power plants. It's the second time this month the EPA has either withdrawn or postponed new pollution rules that industry didn't like.
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Arctic Ice Hits Near-Record Low, Threatening Wildlife

Ice on the Arctic Ocean has melted to its second-lowest level on record. The summertime melt coincides with a dramatic warming over the past decade, and it's already affecting wildlife in the area.

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