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Southwest Heat Wave Causes Snowpack To Melt Earlier, Quicker

Scientists say more heat will likely be the new normal for the Southwest. Water managers are warning that soaring temperatures are also causing the region's already stressed snowpack to melt faster.

California's Last Nuclear Power Plant To Be Shut Down

Diablo Canyon's reactors are close to earthquake fault lines. Public concerns are split between the dangers of quake damage and of carbon dioxide gas released by the burning of fossil fuels.

Record-Breaking Heat Wave Hits The Southwest

Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo describes the extreme heat residents of Phoenix are experiencing.
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The Future of Zoos

The recent shooting death of Harambe the gorilla has reignited debate over the role of zoos when it comes to conservation, education, and entertainment. A conversation about the value of modern-day zoos, and how they could look different in the future.


Low Oil Prices Fuel Reconsideration Of Petroleum Reserves

The Department of Energy is considering the future of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Some argue it's no longer needed or should be smaller because U.S. oil production has increased.

A Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel: Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Ambitious Trip

The Solar Impulse 2 plane is being flown across the Atlantic Ocean on a four-day trip to Spain. The solar-powered craft took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday.

Southwestern, Plains States Brace For Record High Temperatures This Weekend

Temperatures in Phoenix are forecast to go as high as 120 degrees. A massive high-pressure system has prompted excessive-heat warnings for parts of five states in the Southwest and the Plains.

How Canada Became A Greenhouse Superpower

Canada, despite its cold weather, ships more fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to the U.S. than we send the other way. How? With the continent's largest cluster of greenhouses.

Study Finds 15 'Bright Spots' Where Coral Reefs Aren't Dying As Fast As Expected

Around the world, warm oceans and human interference are still causing massive reef "bleaching." A newly released study looks at what's different about these healthier-than-expected reefs.

Russia Launches World's Biggest, Most Powerful Icebreaker

The 568-foot-long Arktika is powered by two nuclear reactors and capable of breaking through ice 13 feet deep. Russia's interest in the Arctic is rising along with global temperatures.