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Vanishing Vultures A Grave Matter For India's Parsis

Parsis brought their Zoroastrian faith, and unique funeral rituals, to India from Iran a thousand years ago. Parsis believe burying or cremating the dead pollutes nature and traditionally relied on birds of prey to devour corpses. That tradition is now under threat, due in part to a vulture shortage.
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What's With Frosty? Why Isn't He Showing Up On Time?

Over the 20th century, America's "growing season," a proxy for warmer temperatures, has been getting longer. And scientists say the trend is exactly what they expect to see as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase.
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As Temps Rise, Cities Combat 'Heat Island' Effect

More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. It's especially bad in urban areas, where cities are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. But a researcher in Atlanta is using the heat wave as an opportunity to do something about the warming planet.
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Bid For Third Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Denied

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a bid for a third nuclear power plant in Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, citing the 1954 Atomic Energy Act.

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District Department Of Environment Director Fired

The Director the Department of Environment in the District has been fired, with officials citing a "serious breach of protocol" as the pretext.

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Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

Sea levels are expected to rise over the next century, and low-lying Assateague Island National Park is at risk of disappearing entirely, according to a report.

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Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.

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