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D.C. Government Building Goes Green

Mayor Vincent Gray at One Judiciary Square

An office building in D.C. will soon be joining the green bandwagon, and will receive upgrades that will reduce utility costs by 20 percent.

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The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

Many people who live close to gas drilling sites complain of serious illnesses. But there are few concrete data to help explain why they're getting sick. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten says weak industry regulations also make it hard to establish a clear connection between gas drilling and health effects.
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The Pawpaw: Foraging For America's Forgotten Fruit

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The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.

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Pricier PB&J's In The Forecast, Thanks To Peanut Shortage

High cotton prices and bad droughts have conspired to create conditions that have caused a national peanut shortage. Consumers like Jennifer Rice will have to pay more to put peanut butter sandwiches in the lunchbox.
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Man Charged For Illegally Clearing Trees

snow geese on eastern shore

A 74-year-old man from Sullivan Cove, Maryland has become the first person to be charged for violating the Critical Area Act, which protects the critical Chesapeake watershed.

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Texas Authorities Find Massive Shark Kill

This past weekend, wildlife officials in Texas came across a huge illegal fishing operation. They found about 3,000 dead sharks, tangled in miles of nets off the coast. Michele Norris talks with Sgt. James Dunks with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who found the sharks.
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Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not Enough To Waste

In sub-Saharan Africa, where agricultural productivity is lowest and food shortages are most common, "huge volumes of rainwater are lost or never used," says Alain Vidal, director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, which commissioned the studies.
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Md. Legislature Looks At Offshore Wind

Offshore wind farm

Governor Martin O'Malley (D) plans to reintroduce wind power incentives this year, and Maryland lawmakers are working to be fully educated about the propoasl before it comes to them for a vote.

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Air Force And Navy Turn To Biofuels

The military is trying to make big changes in what fuel it uses. The Air Force and Navy have been testing their aircraft — everything from fighters to unmanned spy planes — on fuel made from vegetable oil or even animal fat. One catch: It costs 10 times the price of traditional fuel.

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