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The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced it will soon start to cover out-of-pocket health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic water at Camp Lejeune, as promised two years ago by law.

Moving to halt a powerful contributor to climate change, the United States has joined more than 110 corporations, civil society groups and governments to launch a global initiative to reduce deforestation sharply over the next 15 years, with the goal of eliminating the practice by 2030.

Jonathan Dove was patrolling Mount Shasta on a clear, warm afternoon when a group of backpackers asked him if Mud Creek Canyon on the Northern California peak always flowed so heavily.

Most people have never seen a pika. The small mammals with oversized, round ears and stubby legs live at high elevation, on rocky slopes in the mountains of western North America and Asia. But there's a reason we need to be talking about them, and the discussion has to include two of the most polarizing topics in science these days, climate change and evolution.

Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles.

Lake Scientist is an online journal covering lake science and research that serves as an interactive resource for scientists, students and others interested in freshwater lakes. Daniel Kelly edits the Lake Scientist blog (

It’s not considered perverse to desire a vehicle that can go twice the legal speed limit. Do buyers want cars with faster Internet connections as well?

If the response from top Mississippi politicians to President Barack Obama’s central plan to combat global warming is emblematic, Republican-run states could wage a fierce fight against the administration’s proposed rule to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants by 2030.

In a week that a massive march descended on New York City, in a summer scientists said was the hottest on record, and in a year U.S. officials are trying to curtail carbon pollution, the United Nations is about to begin its Climate Summit 2014.

A well-documented rise in temperatures along the U.S. West Coast during the past century is almost entirely the result of natural forces - not human emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a major new study released Monday.

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