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"Buying a solar system for your home still is not as simple or inexpensive as say picking up a new water heater. But solar energy advocates argue that the systems are affordable and obtainable for just about everyone -- right now."
If the Army Corps of Engineers and private companies used all the mud they dredge from wetlands and waterway to rebuild Louisiana coastal marshes, it would be a boon for coastal restoration.
A National Research Council report says it may be impossible to know whether contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine base caused birth defects and illness among people seeking $33.9 billion in claims.
"Oyster larvae have been dying by the billions. Scientists suspect it's a sign that carbon dioxide is dramatically affecting the ocean -- and if they're right, it could push Washington into the center of the debate about the future of the seas."
"Dozens of communities nationwide are at risk from a coal ash spill like the one that blanketed a Tennessee neighborhood last year, but the Obama administration has decided not to tell the public about it because of the danger of a terrorist attack."
Abandoned gas stations dot some Florida highways. Economic conditions bear part of the blame. But operators' inability to pay for replacement of old, leaky tanks ironically may be causing more old tanks to be left in the ground.
"The Obama administration gave conditional support today for a federal-industry partnership that would build an advanced coal-burning power plant in Illinois to trap and store carbon dioxide emissions, reversing a Bush-era decision to abandon the FutureGen project."
"The federal government plans to spend up to $3 million a year to demolish and rebuild uranium-contaminated structures across the Navajo Nation, where Cold War-era mining of the radioactive substance left a legacy of disease and death."
"The United States and Mexico might consider emulating Canada when it comes to public reporting of industrial pollutants that are released into the air or water or transferred for disposal or recycling, suggests a new report."