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Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast

Oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have already been evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which is expected to make landfall as early as Saturday.

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Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It'll Need A Makeover

The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.
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When Islands Pop Out Of The Sea

When a powerful earthquake struck Pakistan last week, it triggered a mud volcano that created a new island just off the country's southern coast. It turns out this kind of thing happens every so often. Just ask Charles Darwin.
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Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together on a law to protect the Federal Helium Reserve. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from the national stockpile.
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Shenandoah National Park Plans Controlled Burn

Access to Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park will be restricted while park officials conduct a controlled burn.

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Forum Discusses Arctic Oil And Gas Searches

A protest in the Russian Arctic has dramatized growing problems with oil drilling there. Every country has a stake in the enormously lucrative search for oil and gas in the Arctic, says professor Lawton Brigham. But pollution from reckless attempts at development are evident on an island near the Polar circle.
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Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
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BP Oil Spill Trial To Begin Second Phase

The months-long federal trial is examining how much fault should be placed on BP and its contractors for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The accident killed 11 rig workers and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Debbie Elliott to preview the civil trial.
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The Fragile, Invisible Connections Of The Natural World

From the TED Radio Hour, writer and environmentalist George Monbiot tells the story of what happened when wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence.
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Environmental Outlook: The Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population

As Monarch butterflies head south for the winter, scientists fear their numbers might have dropped to new lows. In this month’s Environmental Outlook we discuss the mystery of Monarch migration and what’s causing the population to decline.

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