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Trash Can May Be Greenest Option For Unused Drugs

Drug take-back programs are gaining popularity as a safe way to dispose of extra prescriptions. But a study from the University of Michigan suggests that chucking them in your household trash may be just as safe and more environmentally-friendly, thanks to reduced overall pollution.
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Rain Garden Rebates Available In Montgomery County

Runoff from urban stormwater is a major contributor to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Montgomery County is beseeching residents to do their part, by offering a hefty rebate for the construction of rain gardens.

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Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

A new law grants doctors access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need the information to treat patients who may have been exposed to chemicals. But the law also says doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — about what's in the formulas.
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Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.
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The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

We may romanticize that strawberries are grown down the road, but most of them come from California. And a complex web of plant cloning practices, relocation and fumigation has cropped up to keep it that way. Although scientists are exploring new options, like soil-free growing.
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Feds: Fire Season Off to Slow Start Even As Wildfires Rage in Southwest

As five large fires burn thousands of acres and threaten some communities in the Southwest, federal response teams say they have plenty of resources available and that this wildfire season is actually getting off to a slow start.
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From Anacostia To The Atlantic: How Our Trash Travels

The plastic that gets tossed into local rivers can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles before becoming part of a swirling eddy of trash in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Natural gas is a much cleaner-burning fuel than coal, so the gas boom going on around the country is often touted as a win for the environment. But no one really knows how much pollution is created by gas drilling. One scientist stumbled upon data that suggest the process may be dirtier than billed.

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