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20 Million Years Later, Russians Work To Drill Into Lake

Russian researchers in Antarctica are on the verge of piercing a hole through two miles of ice into an ancient lake, untouched by the light of day for some 20 million years. But it'll be a delicate process to break through without disturbing the pristine waters. Guest host David Green speaks with Antarctic researcher John Priscu about the process.
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Sturgeon Scarcity Affects More Than Caviar

Sturgeon have been swimming around for more than 200 million years, but their eggs are sought after for caviar. This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service placed the Atlantic sturgeon on its endangered species list. Guest host David Greene speaks with Dr. Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University.
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'Arctic Oscilliation' Behind Season's Mixed Winter Weather

For snow fans in the contiguous US, this winter has left much to be desired. The warm and mild season in the lower 48 and the wild snow dumps and cold weather up north in Alaska can be blamed largely on a weather pattern called "arctic oscillation." Audie Cornish gets an explanation of the weather phenomenon from meteorologist Jeffrey Masters.
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New USDA Map May Mean Earlier Planting In North

A new map from the USDA has some northern gardeners hoping to grow plants that used to be considered too fragile for cold weather zones. The hardiness zone chart is about a half zone warmer than the last one issued in 1990. The USDA says the changes are not due to global warming, but to more sophisticated mapping methods. Seed sellers and buyers say that, whatever the reason, the warmer temperatures expand possibilities for planting this spring.
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Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C.

Embassies in D.C. are pledging to work with the District government on environmental sustainability measures.

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Honda Hybrid Owners Win Small Claims

Honda Civic hybrid owner Heather Peters brought and won a small claims suit against Honda Motor Company because her car failed to achieve the 50 miles per gallon fuel efficiency the company claimed the car could get. She won $9,867 in damages, which exceeds the proposed class action settlement in a suit brought against Honda by Civic hybrid owners which was rejected by a Federal judge last year. Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times has been following both cases and fills Melissa Block in on the story.
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Tick Tally Reveals Lyme Disease Risk

Researchers counted more than 5,000 ticks to calculate the risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S. Turns out the risk is high in the Northeast and nearly zero in the South.
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Is Today's Beef Better For The Environment?

A new study wants to rectify beef's image as an environmental miscreant. It says modern beef production is a lot kinder to the environment than it was 30 years ago.

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