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Virginia Advisory Panel Reviews Fracking Process, Chemicals

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy convened for the first time in Richmond Wednesday, and on the table is the controversial fracking process.

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Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Workers are building an underground ice wall around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The wall is the latest attempt to try to keep radioactive water from leaking out of the plant.
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An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

A group of scientists is on an urgent mission: It's rushing to save as many corals as it can from Miami's shipping channel before the creatures are destroyed in an underwater excavation project.
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New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.
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Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Advances in greenhouse technology have made growing flavorful tomatoes year-round easier. And scientists say climate change may soon make it harder to grow delicious tomatoes outdoors in fields.
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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.
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O'Malley Applauds EPA Carbon Emission Cuts, Says Maryland Ahead Of Curve

New EPA regulations are putting a cap on emissions from coal power plants, but Maryland has already taken steps in that direction, as the state's Democratic governor points out in a statement.

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Warner: Lynchburg Oil Tanker Derailment Could Have Been Worse

An accident caused the derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in Lynchburg, Virginia, earlier this year, and the results of a hearing found it could have been much worse.

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Pa. Coal Area Worries Emission Rules Will Cost Economy Jobs

In Greene County, Pa., one in five jobs is in the coal industry. The EPA rules announced Monday were met with skepticism, and worries about what it will mean for the local economy.
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GOP Demonizes Once Favored Cap-And-Trade Policy

Republicans say the EPA is going to kill jobs and raise electricity prices with new carbon emissions limits. They're up in arms about something their own party championed during GOP presidencies.

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