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Elizabeth Shogren

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States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Next week President Obama will unveil his plan for the first nationwide program to control greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical power sector. States that have already started to control such emissions say it's not as hard as they thought it would be. They've ended up exceeding their goals, largely because of abundant natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.

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White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A new U.S. government report tells an unambiguous story: The planet is warming, climate change is driven primarily by people and it's already affecting Americans, through more frequent or intense heat waves, downpours and, in some regions, floods or droughts.

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Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Environmental groups that have mired the Keystone XL pipeline in delays now are focusing on LNG export terminals. They say opening up exports of natural gas will hasten domestic hydraulic fracturing.

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What Is Plan B For Mideast Peace Negotations?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A deadline U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set to either end or extend the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has expired. Kerry says the next step is a pause.

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In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For Fences

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

As President Obama returns from his trip to Asia, he's defending the trip's modest diplomatic accomplishments. He says that, while such efforts may not be sexy, they're better than unforced errors.

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High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Monday, March 31, 2014

Since the world community banned whaling, Japan has continued to permit its fleet to kill whales under the guise of scientific research. The International Court of Justice in the Hague Monday ordered Japan to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Japan says it will abide by the ruling.

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Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

West Virginia's drinking water crisis earlier this year highlighted an unsettling truth about tap water: Treatment plants test for only a fraction of the chemicals in use.

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The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Exxon Valdez spill happened 25 years ago Monday, and only 4 years ago this spring, a British Petroleum well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. New research shows the effects of such disasters on the fish in those regions. The study focuses on commercially valuable fish and finds that concentrations of oil can be toxic to developing fish hearts.

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Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

Saturday, March 22, 2014

In the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill off the Alaskan coast, scientists expected the worst damage to be short-lived. Instead, the spill shattered conventional wisdom about oil's affect on wildlife.

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Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas production. The rules require companies to find and repair equipment leaks. The rules also will reduce air pollution that contributes to smog.

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Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court

Monday, February 24, 2014

The case focuses on the Clean Air Act permitting required of companies that want to build or modify facilities expected to emit a lot of gases. Critics call the requirement costly and time-consuming.

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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.

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Saving The Native Prairie โ€” One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Biologists armed with truck-mounted spotlights, flea spray, and anti-plague vaccine roam the South Dakota grasslands each night, five months a year, as part of a 30-year rescue mission.

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California, Colorado Consider Tough Oil And Gas Regulations

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Colorado and California both just proposed new regulations for oil and gas production in their states. Both states have been pushed by environmental concerns to establish rules tougher than federal requirements. If Colorado's proposal goes ahead, it would be the first state in the nation to directly regulate methane. California also says its proposed rule would be the toughest in the nation. It regulates the engineering technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Bald Eagles Are Back In A Big Way โ€” And The Talons Are Out

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Decimated by hunters, insecticides and other human pressures in the 1960s and 1970s, America's emblematic bird is once again flying high. Roughly 10,000 mated pairs now nest in the continental U.S., up from about 500 in the 1970s. But more birds also means fierce competition for territory and mates.

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N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

Friday, August 16, 2013

The carvings etched into limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in western Nevada show that the early North Americans were surprisingly creative artists. The carvings, which are at least 10,000 years old, are abstract, geometric designs including shapes that look like diamonds and trees.

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The Grid Of The Future Could Be Brought To You By ... You

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The electricity system is experiencing growing pains as the grid is beginning to rely on an increasing amount of renewable, particularly unpredictable sources of power like wind farms and solar panels. So grid operators are turning to individual customers to beef up redundancy and capacity.

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EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.

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