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Environmental Outlook: Rising Sea Levels

In this month’s environmental outlook, a look at rising sea levels and what's at stake.

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Bidding Farewell to Lonesome George

Lonesome George, the only living member of a subspecies of giant tortoise, died last weekend at his home in the Galapagos Islands. Linda Cayot, tortoise conservationist and scientific advisor to the Galapagos Conservancy, discusses the life of Lonesome George and how he fit in to the larger picture of biodiversity in the Galapagos.
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Jellygeddon? After Warm Spring, Jellyfish Count May Soar This Summer

Swimmers beware: experts are predicting that the jellyfish population in the Chesapeake Bay could be especially high this year.

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The 'Other Audubon': A Family's Passion

In the late 1800s, Genevieve Jones set out to create the first book in America to catalogue the nests and eggs of birds. But when Jones tragically died of typhoid, her family made the remarkable commitment to complete the project. Melissa Block talks with Joy Kiser, who has once again published the illustrations and wrote the story behind their creation in her book, America's Other Audubon.
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Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches

The beef industry is shaped like a bottle: It starts at the bottom with 750,000 small ranches and ends with just four meatpacking plants processing about 82 percent of the beef we eat.
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A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up

Americans eat more meat than almost anyone else in the world, but habits are starting to change. This may be in part because of health and environmental concerns. We explore some of the meat trends and changes in graphs and charts.
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Reviving Extinct Species May Not Be Science Fiction

Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, is working on a new project to bring back extinct animals. From the passenger pigeon to the wooly mammoth, Brand explains why and how the project, "Revive and Restore," plans to bring back some extinct species.
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Seeking The Micro, Scientists Find The Big Picture

E.O Wilson and Sylvia Earle see the through very different lenses. Wilson started with his eyes to the ground, following ants as they lead him to the study of biodiversity and human nature. Earle dove into the Gulf of Mexico to focus on aquatic plants. That underwater view ultimately led her to study the relationship between degrading seas and life everywhere.
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Researchers Observe Climate Change, First-Hand

As the climate changes, scientists are documenting measurable shifts in the natural world — from a tremendous loss in Arctic sea ice and an increase in extreme weather like drought, floods and heatwaves, to the migration of plants and animals to new latitudes.

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