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Virginia Institute Gets $1M For Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has received $1 million from the EPA to work on protection of the headwater wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay.


The Cost Of Saving Lives With Local Peanuts In Haiti

Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.
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'Founding Gardeners' Sheds Light On Plant Diplomacy

We talk with Founding Gardeners author Andrea Wulf about the surprising role plants played in America's early diplomacy.

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Enviro Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Trading In Bay Plan

Two environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Chesapeake Bay restoration plan, saying that the inclusion of "pollution trading" could have a detrimental effect on the bay. 

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Eating Maryland Seafood Could Help Restore The Bay

Maryland's Department For Natural Resources is pushing a promotion next week which advocates eating state seafood to raise funds for oyster recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.


'Paul Revere Of Ecology' Sounded Alarms On Pollution

Scientist Barry Commoner, a pioneer in environmental activism, died Sunday. Melissa Block speaks with Michael Egan, environmental historian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and author of the book, Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism.

A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future

Tiny ocean organisms known as plankton are vital to life on Earth, generating enough oxygen to account for every other breath you take. As climate change alters the temperature and acidity of our waters, these mysterious ocean creatures may be in jeopardy.
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EPA Orders Military Base And WSSC To Fix Water Problems

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are required to sort out some water issues.


On The Road: Reporting On Lead Poisoning In Nigeria

Gold ore mined in northern Nigeria is mixed with lead. When the ore is dug up, crushed and processed, the lead escapes into the air and settles on the ground. Children are being poisoned when they swallow lead-contaminated dust and dirt.