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STUNNING VIDEO: Pilots' View Of California's Rim Fire

California Air National Guard crews battling the huge blaze have taken some amazing videos as they pass over the flames and smoke.
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Alexandria Leaders Grapple With Ten Million Gallons Of Raw Sewage

City leaders in Alexandria want to keep dumping raw sewage into the Potomac River for another two decades, but a group of residents is hoping to put an end to the stinky practice much earlier than that.

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Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland

If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
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Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
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Emergency Fertilizer Regulations Withdrawn In Maryland

The consideration of regulations on agricultural fertilizer use in Maryland has been postponed following criticism about how implementation would be executed.

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Toxic Substance Prompts Closure Of Second Maryland Lake

A second lake in Maryland has been infected with a toxic by-product of blue-green algae, forcing officials to close it to the public.

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Battling Wildfires In The West

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to control a giant wildfire threatening Yosemite National Park and San Francisco's water supply.

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Another Dead Dolphin Found In Virginia Waters

Over 170 dead dolphins have been found the Chesapeake Bay and off of the Atlantic coast this year, and some scientists suspect a virus is responsible.

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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive. (This piece initially aired August 21, 2013 on All Things Considered.)
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Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate?

A draft of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report leaked this week, sparking a renewed interest in climate change. One of the debates is over geoengineering, large-scale manipulation of the climate by humans to reduce warming. Host Scott Simon talks with author Jeff Goodell about the future of and controversy surrounding geoengineering.

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