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Countries Losing Steam On Climate Change Initiatives

The International Energy Agency warned energy ministers around the world that they are falling behind in their efforts to wean the world from dirty sources of energy. Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming decade, and just about everything is conspiring to make it harder to clean up the world's energy supply.
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Environmental Outlook: "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow

How America's trees and forests shaped the nation.

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D.C. Area Fails In Air Quality Report

The D.C. Metro area received a failing grade for air quality, according to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report.

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D.C. Gigs: The Bonsai Curator

In this month's edition of D.C. Gigs, we meet the man tasked with caring for the extensive bonsai tree collection at the National Arboretum.


Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day. Journalist Edward Humes explores how that happened in his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.
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Are D.C.'s Big Sustainability Plans Too Big?

A new plan from the District to overhaul sustainability measures in the city is ambitious, but some are questioning whether the District will be able to make good on the plan given its difficulty completing smaller projects.


After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving

After being hyped as a homegrown remedy to America's dependence on foreign oil, the federally supported corn-based fuel ended up under attack as an environmental and economic failure. Now the smoke has cleared, and U.S. ethanol producers are booming.
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Execution Lacking In D.C. Sustainability Plan

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled a 20-year sustainability plan earlier this week, but a lack of follow-through on some projects like bike-theft prevention and streetcars puts the veracity of that plan into question.