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Dam Removal Ushers In New Life In Washington State

New life is coming to Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Two dams along the Elwha River are being removed, bringing a rush of sediment downstream and exposing hundreds of acres of once-submerged land. The dams were built in the early 1900s to power nearby timber mills. But they blocked salmon migration and their power is no longer needed, so they're coming out. This story originated as part of the public media collaboration, EarthFix.
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Go Fish (Somewhere Else): Warming Oceans Are Altering Catches

Fish are moving away from the equator and toward the poles to maintain their preferred water temperature. That means, for example, that fishermen are seeing swordfish normally found in the Mediterranean swimming near Denmark. But in the tropics, there are no fish to replace the ones that are leaving.
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Dirty Diapers Pile Up In Portland Recycling Bins: 'It's Not Pretty'

Waste and recycling handlers in Portland, Ore., say they're seeing an unfortunate side effect of the city's reduction in garbage pickups: 120 pounds of dirty diapers a day, tucked into recycling bins.
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Virginia Mennonite Farmers Work To Protect Chesapeake Bay

Mennonite farmers in Virginia have stopped using chicken waste on their fields, a process that leads to phosphorous-rich runoff that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay—where it can kill fish.

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With Rising Seas, America's Birthplace Could Disappear

By the end of the century, ocean levels could rise by 2 or 3 feet. That's enough to flood the colonists' first settlement at Jamestown, Va. And it's putting pressure on archaeologists to get as many artifacts out of the ground as quickly as possible — before it's too late.

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The Enemy Inside: Rhino's Protectors Sometimes Aid Poachers

The defenders of Africa's rhinos are battling a well-financed and well-informed enemy. Poachers clear up to $60,000 on the Asian market for a single rhino horn. They have cash for the latest weaponry and to pay for inside information from some of the very people whose job it is to protect the rhinos.
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Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

A new report makes the case that insects may be essential to feeding a planet of 7 billion people. Why? They're nutritious, better for the environment than other protein sources and can generate jobs, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Growing Gardens Through Summer Heat

Recent years have proven hard on local greenery, with heat waves and damaging storms. But there are steps you can take to ensure a healthy garden, from choosing local plants to well-timed watering.

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