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California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.
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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.
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Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.
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U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.
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Montgomery County Could Join Growing Ban On Styrofoam Containers

In a bid to reduce the amount of non-biodegradeable trash finding its way into area waterways, two Montgomery County lawmakers want to join the growing movement to ban styrofoam containers.

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More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

A new Audubon report shows how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species by the end of the century. Bald eagles, loons and orioles are among those facing major threats.

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Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.
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Scientists Marvel At Resilience Of Underwater Grasses In Chesapeake Bay

Beds of sea grass were nearly wiped out on the Susquehanna Flats during a hurricane 40 years ago, and scientists are just now unlocking the mysteries of how these important plants were able to bounce back.

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U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.
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For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

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