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Climate Change Ups Odds Of Heat Waves, Drought

Reporting in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers write that extreme heat waves, such as the one last year in Texas, are 20 times more likely today than they were in the 1960s. NOAA climatologist Tom Peterson discusses what future climate change may bring.
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The Natural Gas Boom: Doing More Harm Than Good?

Some people are embracing the wave of increased natural gas extraction in the United States. Others, concerned about the risks, are saying no fracking way. A panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of a boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Finding Common Ground In Environmental Debates

Conversations about the environment can often be polarizing. Jonathan Foley, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, says that rather than rehash the same old debates, environmental issues need to be reframed.
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Advisory Board Forms For Forest Glen Annex Cleanup

The first meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board to cleanup a Silver Spring military site is set for Thursday night.

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D.C. Uses More Green Alleys To Prevent Flooding

The District is getting more green alleys to help control water pollution and flooding.

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Wastewater Used To Calculate Ocean City Population

Ocean City officials are using an unusual method to determine the number of people in town--a method that involves the amount of wastewater that runs through pipes.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Town To Tap Sewers For Energy

Officials in Brainerd, Minn., say the sewers below the city streets are a huge potential source of energy that could be used for heating and cooling. A local company has devised a system to capture the energy, and city officials plan to hook up the police station by the end of the year.
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Cleaner Water In Virginia Rivers, Runoff Still Problematic

According to environmental groups, Virginia is taking significant steps towards cleaning its waterways, but urban runoff continues to get worse, despite attempts to address it.

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Researchers Take Stock Of 2011 Weather

How much of the recent hot weather can be attributed to global warming? Scientists will no doubt dig into the data and grapple with that question in the months to come. They have already taken a stab at that question regarding some of last year's extreme weather events, like the drought in Texas.

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