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Can 'Carbon Ranching' Offset Emissions In Calif.?

Climate experts are thinking about growing dense fields of weeds to help soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This would require flooding dense, carbon-rich wetland soils of the San Joaquin Valley, and farmers hope money they make from capturing greenhouse gases would make up for the lost acreage.
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Mine Settlement Is In, But Closure Is Tougher

The Justice Department announced a $210 million settlement Tuesday with the owner of the Upper Big Branch coal mine, where 29 miners died in an explosion last year. The federal mine safety agency, meanwhile, issued a final report on the blast. But families of the miners are still trying to make sense of the disaster.
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Students Grossed Out By School Water Fountains

New California rules are meant to get school kids to drink fewer sugary drinks and more water. But many students don't want to drink out of public water fountains.
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Bedbug Infestations Are A Family Affair

Bedbugs' eagerness to mate with their kin is one reason their populations have taken off so dramatically, new research suggests. Inbreeding comes naturally to them, and it doesn't seem to hurt their offspring much, as is the case with most other creatures.
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Calif. Takes Big Step Toward Greenhouse Gas Limits

California's radical new law will put a statewide cap on the amount of greenhouse gases coming out of smokestacks and tailpipes. Utility costs will no doubt rise, but advocates of the law say it will also create new businesses and spur development and deployment of green technologies.
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Found: Earth-Like Planet That Might Be Right For Life

The planet, dubbed Kepler-22b, isn't much larger than Earth and is orbiting a star in a region that's not too hot and not too cold — just the kind of place that could be home to liquid water, and maybe even life. But don't pack your bags just yet: It's 600 light-years away.

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