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Virginia Republicans Push For Offshore Drilling

Virginia House Republicans continue to try to pressure the Obama Administration to open up Virginia's coast to offshore oil and gas drilling.

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House Appropriations Cuts EPA Funding

Some Democrats in the region are upset that House Republicans are trying to slash clean air funding.

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Rio+20 Summit Sustains Little More Than Sentiment

The international conference dedicated to alleviating poverty and leaving the planet livable was the biggest U.N. conference ever, but it may also have been one of the biggest duds. As the organizer put it, "equally unhappy means equally happy."
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Science Diplomacy

When tensions among nations are at their height, connections among scientists can be a powerful avenue for maintaining ties and backdoor diplomacy.

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Blue Lobster Caught Off Ocean City Gets Home At National Aquarium

A rare blue lobster turned up off the coast of Ocean City, Md. earlier this month, and the fisherman who caught it is turning it over to the National Aquarium to be put on display. 

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Shell Faces Pushback As Alaska Drilling Nears

The company has spent $4 billion since 2007 on preparations to explore for oil off the north coast of Alaska. Many Alaskans welcome the venture, which could lead to the development of trillions of dollars worth of oil. But not everyone's convinced Shell has all the environmental protections in place to protect areas of the pristine Arctic.
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Hidden Dangers Of Tsunami Debris Cross The Pacific

Western U.S. beaches are getting a regular dose of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The first few items were curiosities — a boat here, a soccer ball there. But as the litter accumulates, so does the unprecedented threat of biological invasion.
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Why You Shouldn't Panic About Pesticide In Produce

Consumers get agitated when they see apples, celery and red peppers singled out for containing the most pesticide residue. Scientists say it's not such a big deal because the pesticide levels are extremely low.
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Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy. But critics say the agenda in Rio is so bloated that it's unclear what can be accomplished.

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