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Geoengineered Food? Climate Fix Could Boost Crop Yields, But With Risks

Climate simulations show that massive technological interventions, known as "geoengineering," could protect food crops from some of the damaging effects of global warming. But researchers say local effects are hard to predict, so geoengineering may not be worth the risk.
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D.C. Sees A Boom In Green Buildings

The District has seen a boom in environmentally sustainable buildings over the last few years, and now D.C. has more LEED certified green buildings per capita than any state in the country.

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Feeding The World Gets Short Shrift In Climate Change Debate

Weather changes wreak havoc on the global food supply. But efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture haven't gotten much attention in climate change talks.
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Virginia Governor Puts Brakes On Uranium Mining Permit

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking state legislators to delay granting permission for uranium mining in the state.

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Eagle Advocates Warn About Lead Poisoning

While increased protections have helped bald eagle populations in the D.C. area bounce back, birds are still at risk thanks to lead shot being used by hunters.

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Scientists Say Amphibian Die-Offs Hit Area Years Ago

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A fungal plague causing havoc on amphibians across the globe may have already hit Virginia decades ago, according to a study by local scientists.

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Frederick County Fights Over The "S" Word

Frederick County, Md. is weighing the rights of property owners versus the concerns of environmentalists as it ponders how to grow in the future.

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Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers say inexpensive panels from China are hurting their business and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry, such as installers, say the cheaper panels are driving a solar power boom in the U.S.
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Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue

The Obama administration has rejected a Canadian company's permit request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The president said he turned down the proposal because congressional Republicans gave him a 60-day deadline that did not allow for a thorough review of the project.
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Commission Proposed To Assess Virginia Uranium Mining

The debate on whether to mine for uranium in Virginia continues, with leaders in the southern part of the state proposing an independent commission  to review the issue.

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