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Can An Early Spring Confuse Nature's Clock?

It's been an unusually warm winter in some parts of the country, with springtime temperatures and very little snow. How is nature responding? Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin and horticulturalist Kristin Schleiter of the New York Botanical Garden discuss how an early spring affects flower buds, beetles and bees.
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Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan

Experts say health effects from the radiation released by last year's nuclear disaster will be minimal. But the lasting psychological trauma from the tsunami, including the loss of life and livelihoods, will be an ongoing struggle.
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One Year Later: Japan's Wreckage And Recovery

Interactive photos show continuity and change in Japan since the tsunami struck one year ago.
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Scientists Scramble to Understand A Mystery Virus

A mysterious virus is killing amphibians and reptiles in a forest in Montgomery County, Md.

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Virginia Regulators Fail To Notify Public On Mountaintop Removal

Environmental groups are calling for the EPA to strip Virginia regulators of the ability to issue permits for mountaintop removal, saying they have been doing so without providing sufficient notice to the public.

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Farmers Face Tough Choice On Ways To Fight New Strains Of Weeds

In large sections of America's farmland, new strains of weeds are making life miserable for farmers. They've developed resistance to the country's No. 1 weedkiller, Roundup. Now farmers face a choice: Do they go for yet another kill-all-the-weeds chemical, or go back to more complicated, labor-intensive ways of fighting weeds?
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Antarctica Visitors Unwittingly Bring Invasive Species

The far reaches of Antarctica are no longer visited only by scientists and their support staff. Adventure tourists and curiosity seekers from Europe, North America and beyond now come by the boatful — and they're bringing some souvenirs from home. Ecologist Steven Chown tells Robert Siegel that visitors unknowingly carry seeds on their clothes and bags. He says they've helped spread dozens of invasive plant species on the continent and risk permanently changing Antarctica's ecology.
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D.C. Employees To Plead Guilty For Environmental Violations

Two District employees will plead guilty to charges that they took bribes to overlook environmental regulations at a construction site in southwest D.C.

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