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Virginia Tree Advocates Push New "Loves Trees" License Plate

Virginia tree advocates are trying to get a new license plate for the state to raise awareness of the state's depleted forests.

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U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan

Saving money and lives, as well as improving national security, are the goals behind a U.S. military initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. At one outpost in remote Afghanistan, Marines are using solar power; the Navy is also experimenting with biofuels.
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Environmentalists Call For Stricter Manure Regulations

Environmental groups in Maryland say poultry farms in the state produce enough manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore -- with disasterous effects for the Chesapeake Bay.

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60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay

Harbor porpoises are showing up in growing numbers under the Golden Gate Bridge. Six decades ago, they were driven away in part by wartime activities and poor water quality; now, researchers are trying to understand why they're returning.
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A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.

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As Nuclear Plants Age, No Easy Energy Solutions

Nuclear power generates 20 percent of electricity in the U.S., but the nation's reactors are aging — and new plants are expensive and take years to build. Gas, coal, wind and solar are potential alternatives, but all have environmental or logistical drawbacks.
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U.S. Treasury Earns LEED Certification

The federal building in charge of green is going green. The U.S. Treasury Building has been awarded LEED certification.
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Frederick Water Quality Improved After Spill

City officials in Frederick say the water quality has improved following a raw sewage spill in early December.
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Baltimore Aims To Make Inner Harbor Swimmable By 2020

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the object of a $220 million plan to cut pollution and make the water both fishable and swimmable by 2020.

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