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Conservatives, Environmentalists Found Common Ground In Cap And Trade

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to George H.W. Bush, assisted in the development of the cap-and-trade system. He talks to Robert Siegel about how the system evolved over time.
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A Peat Bog As Big As England, And A Rare Glimpse At Earth's History

Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds has discovered a vast peatland in a remote part of the Republic of Congo. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tons of peat. Scientists say that investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.
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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.
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No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy

Fracking was among 149 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Activists play up its unseemly connotations; those in the oil and gas industry downplay documented problems with gas development.
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Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.
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Hybrid Trout Threaten Montana's Native Cutthroats

Climate change in the West is luring rainbow trout to higher elevations, where the fish are mating with native cutthroats, genetic evidence shows. Biologists and anglers worry cutthroats could vanish.
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Peat Bog The Size Of England Discovered In Congo Republic

The previously undiscovered expanse of ancient, partially decayed vegetation, could cover as much as 80,000 square miles.
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Gardening and Climate Change

With extreme weather becoming the norm, gardeners have to reconsider plant choices and garden care. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects.

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If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.
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California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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