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NPS To Build Corridor Connecting Maryland Parks

The National Park Service is developing a 10-mile natural corridor that will connect several parks in Frederick County.


Oregon Power Project Needs The Motion Of The Ocean

A generator that makes electricity from wave power is being prepared for installation some two and a half miles off the Oregon coast. Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, discusses the project and why some Oregon residents are looking to the sea as a source of renewable energy.

European Central Bank Meets On Interest Rates

Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.

Nesting Loons Help Researchers Track Toxins

Scientists have found that the aquatic birds are good indicators of toxins in the environment. That's why researchers have taken to the waters of western Maine for what's believed to be the longest-running loon monitoring study in North America.
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Alexandria Residents Question Ethanol Spill Response

Norfolk Southern Railroad waited an hour after a spill of toxic liquid ethanol to notify the Alexandria fire department, again calling into question the whether the city should be able to regulate the practice.


Vanishing Vultures A Grave Matter For India's Parsis

Parsis brought their Zoroastrian faith, and unique funeral rituals, to India from Iran a thousand years ago. Parsis believe burying or cremating the dead pollutes nature and traditionally relied on birds of prey to devour corpses. That tradition is now under threat, due in part to a vulture shortage.

What's With Frosty? Why Isn't He Showing Up On Time?

Over the 20th century, America's "growing season," a proxy for warmer temperatures, has been getting longer. And scientists say the trend is exactly what they expect to see as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase.

As Temps Rise, Cities Combat 'Heat Island' Effect

More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. It's especially bad in urban areas, where cities are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. But a researcher in Atlanta is using the heat wave as an opportunity to do something about the warming planet.