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Boston's Leaky Gas Lines May Be Tough On The Trees

Using a mobile gas sensor, researchers have found more than 4,000 significant natural gas leaks while driving through Boston-area roads. The city's gas infrastructure is currently being fixed up, but methane in the leaked natural gas has the potential to harm trees and dry out soil.
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Can Electric Cars Help Automakers Reach 55 MPG?

Fuel-economy standards are set to double by 2025. Electric cars could help reach that goal, but consumers just aren't buying them on a large scale. Beloved by niche markets, the cars face similar challenges as when they first appeared over 100 years ago: a higher price than gas cars and concerns over battery life.
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Foreign Policy Funding A Top Candidate For Cuts

Foreign aid is being attacked by presidential candidates and members of Congress. It looks certain that assistance to other countries, which makes up a miniscule percentage of the overall budget, is about to be cut even further.
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Climate Panel: More Extreme Weather On The Way

Climate change will bring more heat waves, more intense rainfall and more expensive natural disasters, says a group of more than 200 scientists convened by the United Nations.
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Solar Sector At War Over Cheap Chinese Panels

Seven solar companies have filed a trade complaint with the federal government, accusing China of dumping artificially cheap solar panels on the US market. But solar installers welcome the low prices. Ira Flatow and guests discuss what's best for the domestic solar industry--and US jobs--in the long run.
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Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

High lead levels in a bald eagle brought in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have prompted calls for hunters to make changes to their hunting habits.

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EPA: Asarco Emits Illegal Amounts Of Toxins

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Asarco copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona, has been continuously emitting illegal amounts of lead, arsenic and eight other dangerous toxins, for the last six years. The agency's finding means Asarco could face millions of dollars in fines and could be forced to install expensive pollution controls. The EPA disclosed the action last week to NPR and the Center for Public Integrity, which we're jointly investigating toxic air pollution in the town. NPR's Howard Berkes reports for our series "Polluted Places."

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