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Maryland Senators Sign Letter Opposing Seismic Testing In Atlantic

Maryland's senators joined a group of lawmakers voicing opposition to seismic testing for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Activists Take Issue With Proposed Virginia Hybrid Tax

Activists took to the capitol building in Richmond on Thursday to protest part of the governor's transportation plan that would levy a tax on hybrid cars.

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Environmental Outlook: The Keystone XL Pipeline

For this month's Environmental Outlook: environmental, economic and political implications of the State Department's upcoming decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Debating The Pros And Cons Of 'Fracking'

Hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — is a source of heated debate all over the nation, including in Maryland and Virginia this legislative season.

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2013 Named 'Year Of The Chesapeake Bay'

As part of an effort to continue momentum on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, Maryland's governor has named this the Year Of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Jim And Jamie Dutcher: "The Hidden Life of Wolves"

From 1990 to 1996, Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived among a pack of gray wolves just outside Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. During these years of observation, the Dutchers say they found these often misunderstood animals to be highly social, communicating and bonding with family in a way humans could easily understand.

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Tracking Tree Genes In Maryland Requires Helping Hands

Scientists are enlisting the help of the public to track genetic variations in Maryland's Balsam Poplar trees, to identify mutations that may help the trees weather climate change.

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Al Gore: "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change"

Former Vice President Al Gore believes we are at the dawn of a new future. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has identified six forces he believes are remaking the world, from economic globalization to the digital revolution to -- no surprise here -– climate change.

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Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds

Microbes can thrive in extreme environments, from inside fiery volcanoes to down on the bottom of the ocean. Now scientists have found a surprising number of them living in storm clouds tens of thousands of feet above the Earth. And those airborne microbes could play a role in global climate.
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On Climate Change, Americans May Trust Politics Above Preachers

Members of religious groups who have long looked to President Obama for action on climate change may have been encouraged by his inaugural call for tackling the issue. But if studies are correct, most religious Americans take their cue on this issue from political — not religious — beliefs.

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