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1. WILDFIRE

At the boundary between wilderness and civilization, the danger increases

On June 26, 2012, a fire in the Waldo Canyon region of El Paso County, Colo., jumped its containment line and burst into the western edge of Colorado Springs. By the time firefighters had controlled its spread, 346 homes had burned to the ground. Having forced the evacuation of 32,000 residents and resulted in more than $350 million in insurance claims, the Waldo Canyon Fire was labeled the most destructive in Colorado's history. It proved to be a fragile record.

2. BUSINESS

Boston group shifts from 'Big Dig' to lowering commercial carbon emissions

In Boston during the 1990s and 2000s, downtown business and property owners openly worried that the decades-long Central Artery/Tunnel project would suck the economic life out of the central city as noise, dust and daily traffic disruptions turned sections of the city into a dysfunction junction. Intent on having their voices heard by state transportation planners and city officials, a handful of property owners created a nonprofit organization called A Better City, whose charge was to keep Boston's business community from being buried by the "Big Dig."

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