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After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving

After being hyped as a homegrown remedy to America's dependence on foreign oil, the federally supported corn-based fuel ended up under attack as an environmental and economic failure. Now the smoke has cleared, and U.S. ethanol producers are booming.
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Execution Lacking In D.C. Sustainability Plan

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled a 20-year sustainability plan earlier this week, but a lack of follow-through on some projects like bike-theft prevention and streetcars puts the veracity of that plan into question.

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Maryland Fracking Report Likely Delayed

Fracking in western Maryland may be further delayed, as a study into the safety of the practice, used to extract natural gas, is not likely to be completed by its August deadline.

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Unconquered Tribes of the Amazon

Journalist and author Scott Wallace chronicles a dangerous expedition to find and protect a tribe known as "The People of the Arrow," among the last survivors of an ancient culture that pre-dates the arrival of Columbus.


Buying Sustainable Fish Is Getting Easier, But It's Still Hard

Even as some retailers are turning to certification schemes and rating systems to offer consumers trustworthy choices, the art of sustainable seafood buying now requires a sophisticated understanding of geography and science on the part of the consumer.

First Criminal Charges Filed In BP Gulf Oil Spill

The first criminal charges were filed on Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. An engineer for BP was charged with obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of text messages after the spill. Carrie Johnson talks to Robert Siegel.
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Mayor Gray Releases Green Plan For D.C.

The District of Columbia has an an ambitious long-term agenda to make the city "the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the nation."


Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown

A few years ago, the U.N.'s climate panel warned that the Himalayas' glaciers were quickly disappearing. The claim was dead wrong. The true picture of how the ice in those glaciers is responding to a warming world is far more complex. "There are so many uncertainties that it's really hard to predict the future of the glaciers," says one scientist.