Assessing Irene's impact from North Carolina to New England. Many local officials are relieved the damage wasn't worse, but power outages and flooding remain a concern for coming days. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports on the storm's impact.
Counting butterflies. While this may sound like something as possible and practical as herding cats, there's some science to it, and even the first-time butterfly counter will find himself quite the amateur within an hour, and an expert by the end of the day.
Usually, when we talk about conservation and preservation, it's in the context of a natural balance - an equilibrium among life forms. But when that balance is disrupted, conservation of one creature may mean trying to stamp out another. Maryland just placed about half the state – all of the counties west of the Chesapeake Bay – under quarantine. Wood quarantine that is, because of an invasive pest. The Emerald Ash Borer has already killed tens of millions of trees nationwide, and now it's in Maryland and Virginia.
When the D.C. Council passed new solar legislation this month, activists called it a win for clean energy. But it was also a big win for two D.C. teenagers who have been promoting solar power since they were 12.
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