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On Australia's Great Barrier Reef, There's A Turf Battle Raging

Seaweed might not be as flashy as coral, but it plays an important role on the reef. They compete for space, and rising carbon dioxide levels could someday tip the balance of power.
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Spring Or No Spring, Cherry Blossoms Still Weeks Away

The National Park Service has revised their expected peak bloom dates for the region's iconic cherry blossoms, due in large part to the cold weather this March.

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Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant

The new plant is expected to generate 100 megawatts of power and supply 20,000 homes with electricity.
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Cold Weather Pushes Back Cherry Blossom Peak

The National Park Service has pushed back their prediction for the big cherry blossom bloom by a week, citing the cold weather in March.

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Australia's Heron Island: A Canary In The Coal Mine For Coral Reefs?

The tropical island set in turquoise water just off the Great Barrier Reef is the site of an experiment to see what will happen to coral reefs as the ocean absorbs ever more of the carbon dioxide and heat we've added to our planet's thin skin. The results weren't so pretty.
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The Science Of Sinkholes

Recent tragedies concerning sinkholes have been making headlines, but scientists say they've been occurring for eons. Experts join Diane to discuss the causes of sinkholes and what they can teach us about the environment.

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Afghanistan's Forests A Casualty Of Timber Smuggling

A few decades ago, trees covered an estimated 50 percent of Afghanistan. Now, an official says that figure is just 2 percent. The main reason is the illegal harvesting and trade of timber. A visit to Kunar province, near the Pakistan border, reveals that many people, from top officials down, are involved.
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Democrats Concerned Over EPA Cuts In Spending Bill

Some Democratic lawmakers say environmental cuts in the Senate spending bill could affect the EPA's ability to improve air quality.

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