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Calif. Takes Big Step Toward Greenhouse Gas Limits

California's radical new law will put a statewide cap on the amount of greenhouse gases coming out of smokestacks and tailpipes. Utility costs will no doubt rise, but advocates of the law say it will also create new businesses and spur development and deployment of green technologies.

Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor

Scientists report that a genetically engineered corn crop has failed to kill the corn rootworm — the pest it was designed to stop. This may be the most serious threat to a genetically modified crops in the U.S. since farmers first started growing them fifteen years ago.

In Fla., Cautious Hope For Everglades Protection

Gov. Rick Scott has a new focus on the "River of Grass." His promise to work on restoration is welcome news to environmentalists and other concerned with the Everglades' future. Still, many are skeptical, given the big cuts to Everglades programs during the Republican's first year in office.

Wash. Mine Cleanup Puts Retreat Center At Risk

Holden Village, Wash., is a tiny town that faces big pollution problems from its long history with copper mining. The only way to clean up the mess is to almost shut it down completely for several years. As Northwest News Network's Anna King reports, the project is costly in more ways than one.

Tough Work Lies Ahead In Climate Talks

In Durban, South Africa, thousands of men and women poured into the streets in front of the International Conference Center, where United Nations talks about climate change are taking place. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Richard Harris, who is at the conference.

A User's Guide To The Climate Change Talks

Representatives from 191 countries are meeting in South Africa this week to discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol and whether to start work on a new binding treaty. Also attending is NPR's Richard Harris. We asked him to answer some questions about the U.N. climate change talks.