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NPR: The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America

Each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food. Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and author Jonathan Bloom discuss the economic and environmental impacts of food waste, and what can be done to fight the growing problem.
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An Arbor Embolism? Why Trees Die In Drought

Scientists who study forests say they've discovered something disturbing about the way prolonged drought affects trees. When drought dries out the soil, a tree has to suck harder to draw in water. But that increases the risk of drawing in dangerous and deadly air bubbles.
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'Erin Brockovitch' Town Faces New Threat

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. — blamed for the groundwater pollution case made famous in the movie -- is offering to buy homes in Hinkley, Calif., again, this time in areas previously believed to be unaffected by the contamination. Many families, some who have lived in the town for generations, are packing up.
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Seawall Project Approved To Protect Tangier Island

A seawall will be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion and storm surges in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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Why Greek Yogurt Makers Want Whey To Go Away

That extra-thick, rich taste of Greek yogurt is popular, but you get it by creating lots of waste. For every pound of authentic strained Greek yogurt, there are 2 or 3 pounds of liquid whey. And getting rid of it can be expensive.
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Coconut Conservationist Seeks Pacific Islands For Fun And Palm Preservation

Are the sources for your trendy coconut water and oil in danger? Not yet, says a French scientist, but he has an elaborate vision for how to overcome the coconut's biological challenges and ensure that the plant's dozens of varieties stick around for a long time.
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David Haskell: "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature"

Biologist David Haskell spent an entire year observing the same section of Tennessee forest. He writes about how the experience gave him insights into many of the biggest questions in science.

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Sandy Stirs Up Superfund Site In New Jersey

As Northeast states take measure of the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy, there's a new concern. New York and New Jersey have dozens of Superfund sites close to the shore. Some of these toxic zones were flooded by Sandy's storm surge. There are worries in Newark that toxic chemicals may have been swept into some people's home.

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