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Obama Speech Expected To Flesh Out Climate Proposals

The big surprise in President Obama's inaugural address was his attention to climate change. What will the president's State of the Union address say about clean energy and global warming?
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How One Company Reinvented The Hand Dryer

Bathroom hand dryers used to be a hated product because they took too long to work. But a decade ago, a family-owned business in Massachusetts came out with a new product that changed the way we dry our hands.
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Environmentalists Oppose Shipping Fracking Waste By Barge

As more oil and gas drilling takes place in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, there's more liquid waste that needs disposing. A proposal to carry that waste to disposal sites using river barges is getting attention. But some environmentalists say it's just too risky a way to transport the waste.
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Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'

Wreckage believed to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is washing up thousands of miles away in Alaska. The debris isn't just unsightly — it poses environmental worries for the landscape and animals. One conservationist says the problem may be worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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Wood Stork's Endangered Status Is Up In The Air

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife may upgrade the wood stork's status from "endangered" to "threatened." But some environmentalists and the Audubon Society says that in south Florida, the bird's population is still a long way from reaching a full recovery.
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The Inconvenient Truth About Polar Bears

Zac Unger moved to Churchill, Manitoba, to cover the decline of the polar bear. It was 2008, and the adorable predators had become symbols in the battle over climate change. But the story he ended up writing in his new book was more complicated than he expected.
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Plastic Bag Tax In Montgomery County Not Stopping Shoppers

Montgomery County assumed that imposing a tax would curb the use of plastic bags amongst shoppers, but the data so far doesn't appear to bear out that trend.

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Are We Losing The Race Against Climate Change?

China burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined--and has 300 more coal plants in the works. But China also leads the world in solar panel exports and wind farms, and has a national climate change policy in place. Is the U.S. falling behind on climate? Ira Flatow and guests discuss how the world is tackling global warming--with or without us--and what it might take to change the climate on Capitol Hill.
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Chesapeake Bay Showed 'Resilience' Last Year, Experts Say

Chesapeake Bay scientists have seen some significant improvements in the health of the bay during the past year, although, as usual, they note that there is still a long way to go.

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