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1. ADAPTATION:

Europe's Valhalla for skiers struggles to adjust to man's carbon footprint

The French Alps' premier ski destination, Chamonix, lies in the shadow of the Mont Blanc mountain range. Its snow-covered slopes give off a pristine glint in the sunlight. At its apex, Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) overlooks everything, a symbol of the resort's long, rock-ribbed traditions. It is the highest peak in Western Europe. But concerns about air quality, as well as troubling, climate-related changes in the landscape of the surrounding mountains, are causing local government and conservation groups to rethink how much future tourism the delicate ecosystem can handle.

2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY:

Oak Ridge puts retrofitted buildings to the test

In the wooded hills outside Knoxville, Tenn., researchers are bringing back a small but expensive slice of the '80s. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using a couple of newly constructed buildings -- a two-story brick-clad office building and a metal warehouse -- to see how energy conservation might be improved. They were built to the requirements of decades-old building codes.

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