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Montgomery County Bans Road Sealants With Harsh Chemicals

Road sealants containing potentially hazardous chemicals are now banned in Montgomery County after the county council passed a bill prohibiting the substances. 


Arctic Ice At Lowest Level In Decades

Ice covering the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest levels in decades, or quite possibly centuries. The new low has smashed the previous record, set in 2007. Scientists blame a long-term warming trend in the Arctic, and say that the change could alter weather patterns throughout North America and Europe.

'Astonishing' Arctic Ice Melt Sets New Record

Though summer melting is a yearly occurrence in the Arctic sea, this year set a new benchmark: Three-fourths of the ice melted away. Scientists say the effects of this unprecedented melting are likely to result in extreme weather changes throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Officials Combat Big Stink In Southern California

Melissa Block talks to Jack Crayon, an environmental scientist at California's Department of Fish and Game, about odd smells that have invaded a large area in Southern California. He says it smells like the gases from the Salton Sea.
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Virginia Loses Some Funding For Chesapeake Restoration

The federal government is withholding $1.2 million in funding slated for the Chesapeake Bay restoration in Virginia, citing the commonwealth's unwillingness to address runoff.


How Oregon's Prized Pinot Noir Grapes Will Take The Heat Of Climate Change

Warming temperatures are forcing Oregon winemakers to rethink Pinot Noir, a picky but popular grape. But there is another problem with climate change — what if it gets colder instead of warmer?

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record

More sea ice in the Arctic Ocean melted in the summer of 2012 than at any time since scientists began tracking the phenomenon. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris discusses how the historic loss of ice cover could affect weather conditions around the world.