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EPA Plan Targets New Coal-Fired Plants

The Environment Protection Agency released a draft rule Tuesday that puts new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from any future coal-fired power plants. The technology required to meet the new limits on carbon dioxide is currently so expensive that the rule effectively would put an end to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
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Virginia Waterways Show Some Improvement In Pollution

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality shows that 9 out of 10 rivers, streams, and lakes show some level of pollution, but even that represents an improvement over previous years.

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Wind Power Bill Passes Maryland House Committee

A bill to pave the way for wind energy in Maryland has cleared one hurdle, and will now move on to the full state House.

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Exxon Valdez Heads To Scrap Heap

The Exxon Valdez appears headed for a scrap heap. In the 23 years since it spewed oil across Alaska's Prince William Sound, the tanker has changed names, owners and purpose. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel look back at what the infamous ship has been up to since the 1989 environmental disaster.
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Cherry Blossoms As Botanical Diplomacy

Spring has sprung and thousands of tourists are flocking to the nation's capital for the annual Cherry Blossom festival. But there is a rich story behind the famous tree that connects the United States to Japan. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Adrian Higgins about his feature article "Hidden Zen" in this week's Washington Post Magazine.
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Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Aside from urban legends about talking to your flower pots, is there any reason to study the effect of noise on plants? One ecologist says yes — because noise pollution can disrupt the behavior of birds and other animals that plants rely on.

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