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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.
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In Maryland, A Push For Even Tighter Regulation Of Fracking

The Maryland House of Delegates is moving forward with a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.
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California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.
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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Should Fairfax Spray For Cankerworms? Butterfly Fans Say 'No'

The Fall Cankerworm is a pest that can kill deciduous trees with their constant feasting, but environmentalists and wildlife advocates are urging Fairfax County officials not to spray for then.

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Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, the San Gabriel River's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up there.
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Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.
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You Think Your City Is Full Of Trash? Ha!

Welcome to Kathmandu — or as some call it, Trashmandu. Even in the best of times, rubbish piles up everywhere. Now things have gotten worse.

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Paris Bans Some Cars For A Day To Battle Smog

The French capital last week briefly dethroned New Delhi and Beijing as the world's most polluted city, according to one company that measures air quality.
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In California's Fourth Year Of Drought, New Regulations and $1 Billion In Relief

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on how effective California's new water restrictions will be in the midst of the state's historic drought.

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