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DCPS Students Work On Water Conservation

Students at D.C. schools are heading into some pretty unexpected places, including the schools' bathrooms, for their new water conservation curriculum.

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Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize

A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois.
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Six Miles Offshore: The Wreck Of Montebello

More than 3 million gallons of crude oil from a sunken tanker may be threatening California's Central Coast. The SS Montebello sank in 1941 after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. A group is now trying to determine just how much of an environmental threat the Montebello poses, 900 feet below the waves.
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Voters Pass Initiative Aimed At Stopping Alaska Mine

Voters in southwest Alaska have narrowly passed an initiative aimed at stopping an open pit copper and gold mine. The proposed Pebble Mine is near one of the largest sockeye salmon spawning areas. But whether digging continues will likely be decided in the Alaska State Supreme Court.
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Water Leaks Into Lake From Virginia Nuclear Plant

Operators at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia reported that 272 gallons of cooling water from the nuclear reactor was leaked  into a nearby lake.

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Curbing Cooking Smoke That Kills More People Than Malaria

Limited research on the health effects of indoor cookstoves and lack of affordable stoves and fuel has contributed to the problem of people getting sick and dying from indoor exposure to cooking smoke, say NIH Director Francis Collins and others.
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Restaurant Grease To Fuel D.C. Government Vehicles?

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If one D.C. entrepeneur has his way, the city may one day soon use locally-sourced restaurant grease to power its fleet of vehicles.

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Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose

In farm communities, there are mixed feelings on conservation payments. Farmer Don Teske, of Wheaton, Kansas, says "the perception is that you're being paid to do nothing." They don't want to be park rangers, they want to farm.
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Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska

In southwest Alaska, officials are counting votes on a controversial initiative to stop an open-pit copper and gold mine. If passed, the initiative could stop the developers from getting permits they need to start digging at Pebble Mine. The mine's location, near the spawning grounds for the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, worries conservation groups, commercial fishermen and sport fishers.

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