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Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies)

Next month Norway is expected to become the first country where 1 percent of the cars are electric. Most Norwegians are supportive, but it's taken large financial incentives to reach this level.
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Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.
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Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.
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Analysis: Who Is Pushing Climate Change On The Hill And Who Isn't

Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Tim Kaine of Virginia are conducting an all-nighter on the Capitol tonight to put climate change on the national agenda, but other lawmakers are holding off. Roll Call's David Hawkings discusses why.

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Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They're nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.
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Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.
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Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.
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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

The park's bears have developed a taste for humans' food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.
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Flood Insurance Rules Squeeze Some Homeowners

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Congress rewrote flood insurance rules to ensure that more of the burden was placed on individual property owners. We talk with one Virginia homeowner whose flood insurance skyrocketed from $2,000 to $32,000.
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Law Aims To Keep Chicago From Becoming Petcoke Dumping Ground

Midwest refineries are processing crude oil from Canada's tar sands. Chicago officials voted to ban any new companies from storing petroleum coke in the city, and said existing companies can't expand.

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