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California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought

This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought — now entering its fifth year — is easing in some parts of the state but not others.
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Why Rain Barrels Are Now Legal In Colorado

Who owns rain that falls from the sky? In the West, this is a topic of serious discussion and lawmaking. This summer, after much debate, Colorado will allow homeowners to use rain barrels.
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Can A Tiny Wasp Save The Citrus Industry?

Citrus greening, spread by a ravenous pest, has destroyed millions of acres of fruit and cost billions in damage. Fortunately, these pernicious peewees are prime prey for another parasitic predator.
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What Satellite Images Are Teaching Us About Life On Earth

Satellite imagery is becoming critical to what we do on the ground, including disaster relief, economic projections, and monitoring environmental change. We look at what pictures from above can teach us about life on earth.

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WATCH: 109-MPH Winds On Mount Washington Lift Man Off His Feet

Even though it's mid-May, milder weather has yet to make its way up the 6,288-foot peak in New Hampshire.
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Salt-Resistant Rice Offers Hope For Farmers Clinging To Disappearing Islands

Climate change is reshaping land and lives in India's Sundarbans region, where paddies are being overrun by saltwater. But resilient varieties of rice may let vulnerable families stay a while longer.
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Experts Fear Climate Change Will Lead To More Tiger Attacks In The Sundarbans

Deep in the world's largest mangrove forest, which spans India's border with Bangladesh, rangers protect wild Bengal tigers. Rising seas may have rangers and tigers competing for a place to live.
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Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation

A survey of parks in 25 major cities find that they're used mostly by young children and teenage boys. Walking loops and other options that would appeal to women are in short supply.
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GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Top Scientists Say

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.
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Journey To The Sundarbans: The 'Beautiful Forest' Of Mangroves

Sundarbans literally means "beautiful forest," but as the novelist Amitav Ghosh writes, "There is no prettiness here to invite the stranger in."

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