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iPads, China: Twin Threats To Wisconsin's Paper Industry

The paper industry once employed thousands of people across the state. Now, mills are closing. John Schmid of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the state of the industry in Wisconsin as well as in China. He explains how the state is losing a publishing-grade paper mill each year.
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Tsunami Warnings Canceled For Alaskan Coast After Quake

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit late Friday night, but warnings were canceled after it appeared the tsunami no longer posed a threat.
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Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show

Inspired by shows like Fear Factor, an Austrian artist teamed up with chefs and waste divers to demonstrate the delicious possibilities of trash. In each episode, they set off by bike in search of "bio trashcans," where organic waste is most likely to be found.
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Budget Deal Provides Tax Breaks For Green Energy

Congress included an array of benefits for renewable energy and energy saving technologies in its "fiscal cliff" package. Homeowners can get tax credits for upgrading their houses to make them more energy efficient or buying energy star appliances. Industries that produce alternative energies from biodiesel to wind power got big incentives to produce more cleaner power.
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From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.
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Maryland State Panel Approves Survey For Offshore Wind

The Maryland Board of Works approved a plan to conduct a survey that would pave the way for offshore wind power along Maryland's coast.

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Transocean To Pay $1.4 Billion In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

The owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig where 11 men died in April 2010 has agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties to resolve Justice Department allegations over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Environmental Outlook: Strategies For Limiting Carbon Emissions

California's landmark cap-and-trade law goes into effect this month. The Congressional Research Service reports that a modest tax on carbon emissions could cut the federal deficit in half. But industry groups say such approaches kill jobs. For this month's Environmental Outlook, Diane and guests discuss pros and cons of pricing carbon emissions.

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