Climatologists say the recent heat wave in the D.C. area may be a glimpse of our future. Average temperatures in the U.S. have risen faster than usual over the past several decades, and this may create health problems.
Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get billions of dollars in revenue by allowing drilling off its coast, but the proposal is stalled in Congress and the state's congressional delegation still can't agree on whether to drill at all.
It's been called a crisis in amphibian biology: more than a third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and climate change are both causes, but so is an invasive disease that's been called the smallpox of the amphibian world. Researchers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland recently traveled to Panama to try to help limit the effects of the disease.
The sewer and water commission for the Washington suburbs of Maryland says sewage overflows are down sharply following a 2005 court settlement with federal and state environmental regulators and environmental groups.
The Canadian oil company TransCanada plans to expand a pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to Texas through the central U.S. The proposal has sparked debate on both sides of the border about energy security, the environment and safety.
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