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Shenandoah Fires Under Control

Two forest fires sparked by lighting last month in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is slowly getting under control.


Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says

Rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidity can kill coral reefs. But a new study finds that dead reefs can potentially recover from catastrophes if ocean temperatures stabilize. Some scientists say the resiliency of coral reef may be the key to their survival.

When Does A Tree Go From Decorative To Dangerous?

Most people like trees — right up until a storm like last Friday's mid-Atlantic "derecho" knocks one into their car. So when is a tree merely nice to look at and when does it become a hazard? Robert Siegel talks to Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist at the Tree Care Industry Association, about how homeowners can safely care for their trees.

Report: Fukushima Disaster Was A Man-Made Crisis

A panel of experts says the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan was a "man-made" crisis which could have been prevented. The panel said Thursday that "collusion" between the government, industry regulators and the plant operator turned the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami into one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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Environmental Outlook: Rising Sea Levels (Rebroadcast)

In this month’s environmental outlook, a look at rising sea levels and what's at stake.


Climate Change Buoying Wildfires Across Country

Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

The Inside Scoop On 5 Kinds Of Crazy Weather

Sure, everybody's heard of tornadoes and hurricanes. But derechos? Haboobs? Dig in to our glossary of extreme weather.