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Natural Gas Boom Brings Major Growth for U.S. Chemical Plants

by RACHEL CERNANSKY
The surge in U.S. production of shale gas is leading to the rapid expansion of chemical and manufacturing plants that use the gas as feedstock. But environmentalists worry these new facilities will bring further harm to industrialized regions already bearing a heavy pollution burden. READ MORE

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How Technology Is Protecting World’s Richest Marine Reserve

by CHRISTOPHER PALA
After years of fitful starts, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati this month banned all commercial fishing inside its huge marine reserve. New satellite transponder technology is now helping ensure that the ban succeeds in keeping out the big fishing fleets. READ MORE

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Wood Pellets: Green Energy or New Source of CO2 Emissions?

by ROGER REAL DROUIN
Burning wood pellets to produce electricity is on the rise in Europe, where the pellets are classified as a form of renewable energy. But in the U.S., where pellet facilities are rapidly being built, concerns are growing about logging and the carbon released by the combustion of wood biomass. READ MORE

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For Vulnerable Barrier Islands, A Rush to Rebuild on U.S. Coast

by RONA KOBELL
Despite warnings from scientists, new construction continues on U.S. barrier islands that have been devastated by storms. The flood protection projects that accompany this development can have harmful consequences for coastal ecosystems being buffeted by climate change. READ MORE

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For California Salmon, Drought And Warm Water Mean Trouble

by ALASTAIR BLAND
With record drought and warming waters due to climate change, scientists are concerned that the future for Chinook salmon — a critical part of the state’s fishing industry — is in jeopardy in California. READ MORE

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