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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.


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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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.