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How Wood Smoke is Dirtying Alaska's Air

In Fairbanks, Alaska, residents are using wood stoves to heat their homes during the frigid winter months. But, smoke created by these wood burners is contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country. Cathy Cahill discusses air quality in the Last Frontier.
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Climate Change Issue Reemerges In Congress

Climate change is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers are doubtful of a solution.

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Advocates Push For More Environmental Funds

Environmental groups are urging Congress to avoid dipping into funds reserved for preservation efforts.

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Shaping The City: Rethinking Planning Rules

Traditional zoning ordinances took hold a century ago to control what was built where, how densely and how tall. We explore how different jurisdictions are rethinking the rules.

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Smaller But Better? Organic Tomatoes May Pack More Nutritional Punch

Tomatoes grown on organic farms contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene than their conventionally grown counterparts, a study finds. Turns out, organic farming techniques "stress out" the plants in ways that make them more nutrient dense.
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Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats

In Charlotte, N.C., a secret bunker rests quietly below a radio station. Built in 1963, it was part of a federal network designed to provide emergency communications in case of a nuclear attack. With a new slew of potential threats to contend with, FEMA has revived the idea.
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Judge OKs Transocean's $1 Billion Civil Settlement Over Gulf Oil Spill

A different federal judge approved Transocean's criminal settlement last week. In total, Transocean will pay $1.4 billion in criminal and civil penalties.
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Pictures Don't Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands

Farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska converted 1.3 million acres of grassland into soybean and corn production between 2006 and 2011. Images derived from satellite data confirmed that changing landscape, which spells bad news wildlife and for soil integrity in some parts.

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