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Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.
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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.
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California Cemeteries Adapt To Water Restrictions To Avoid Going Dry

New mandates in California will limit how much water graveyards can use to keep their grass green. The people who run cemeteries don't want crispy, parched grass to feel like an insult on top of loss.
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Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

The state is accustomed to tornadoes and severe weather. But since 2008, there's been a surge of quakes — linked to oil and gas drilling.
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As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with a California landscaper who says demand for her business is booming.
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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.
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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

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