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EPA Targets Deadliest Pollution: Soot

The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening the standard for how much soot in the air is safe to breathe. Fine particles come from the combustion of fossil fuels by cars and industrial facilities. They're linked to all kinds of health problems, including heart attacks and lung ailments like asthma. States will be required to clean up their air to the level specified by the new standard.
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Wind Farm Developers More Mindful Of Whales

Groups developing offshore wind farms along the east coast are tweaking their building plans to protect whales.

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Your Kitchen Trash Reborn As Abstract Art

Empty, forgotten, forlorn — the curbside recycling bin can seem like a sort of existential low point for all those soda bottles, tin cans, egg cartons and other containers whose contents we consume. But then – voila! Sorted for recycling, they become a thing of beauty.
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'Miracle' Tree Stands Tall In Japan After Tsunami

The Japanese town of Rikuzentakata was hit especially hard by the tsunami, which also wiped away a pine forest of 70,000 trees. All of them, except for one that's been dubbed the "miracle pine tree."
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Using Science to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Nothing beats the smell of a live Christmas tree in your home, but how can you keep the needles on your tree and off your carpet? Rick Bates, professor of horticulture at Penn State University, offers tips for how to properly care for your Christmas tree this holiday season.
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Drought Continues: Farmers, Shippers Feel Pressure

The United States is facing its worst drought since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With little to no signs of relief on the horizon, many analysts expect conditions to worsen well into next year.

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