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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

In 2014, ornithologists documented record numbers of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.
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Hogan Wants Fracking To Proceed In Western Maryland

As opponents of fracking push for an eight-year moratorium on the practice, Gov. Larry Hogan has signaled that he agrees with a set of rules proposed by his predecessor to let it happen.

Observers Flock To Erupting Reunion Volcano

One of the world's most active volcanoes is erupting again. Piton de la Fournaise in the Indian Ocean on the French island of Reunion began spewing lava from one of its four craters on Wednesday.
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When The Anacostia River Was Once Considered Part Of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill was once intimately connected to the Anacostia River. Some folks think that it's high time to reestablish the relationship.


Gotcha: Satellites Help Strip Seafood Pirates Of Their Booty

Most of the seafood Americans eat is imported; a lot of that is illegally caught. Now, environmentalists are using satellites to track pirate vessels on the high seas and help crack down on the trade.
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Climate Change May Spark Debate In Washington, But D.C. Is Preparing For It

Climate change and how to respond to it may provoke partisan fights in Washington, but that's not stopping the nation's capital from preparing for the consequences of changing weather patterns.

Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada, Alberta Premier Says

David Greene talks with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who is in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress and the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.

Hard To Clean Up Wastewater Spills From Oil Wells Into N.D. Stream

Wastewater is arguably worse for the environment than oil, killing vegetation and leaving farmland sterile for generations. Some say the state isn't doing enough to get its spill problem controlled.