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GOP Lawmakers Rally Against EPA's New Coal Plant Rules

Republican lawmakers are fighting a proposed EPA rule that would limit emissions levels allowed from new coal-fired power plants, but Democrats say it's necessary to fight global warming. 


Sunny Days Are Here Again — But Is That Good?

Temperatures around the nation have been unusually warm this spring. While it might be time to lie on a blanket in the park, climate scientists are worried. They say all these sunny days are actually an extreme weather event, one with local and global implications.
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Virginia Farmers Fear Frost Possibility

Virginia farmers are worried their crops could suffer from a damaging cold snap.


How Murdoch's Aussie Papers Cover Climate Change

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sells an overwhelming majority of all newspapers read in his native Australia and holds a controlling interest in the leading cable news channel. With such dominance, the Murdoch press there draws careful scrutiny of how it covers sensitive issues.
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Septic Bill Nears Passage In Maryland

A bill that would allow counties to restrict the placement of septic systems has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of some who say it represents overreach by the state government.


Early Spring Has Farmers Battling Frost At Night

The early spring has been great for recreation and those with cabin-fever, but it's been a headache for farmers and other growers. In Wisconsin, orchard and vineyard owners have trees and vines in early bloom, but are now up at night battling frost.

How Homo Sapiens Became 'Masters Of The Planet'

The first Homo sapiens appeared on the planet some 200,000 years ago. But even though they looked fully human, they didn't act fully human until they began creating symbolic art, some 100,000 years later. Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall discusses those human origins in his book Masters of the Planet.

Coyotes Come To The Big Apple

Coyotes were first spotted in New York City in the 1990s. Now they are thought to be permanent residents of the Bronx, and have been seen in Queens and Manhattan. Wildlife biologist Mark Weckel, of the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, is documenting their immigration through camera traps in New York City parks.

Taking A Walk On New York's Wild Side

New York City has been referred to as a concrete jungle. But researchers say it is more 'jungle' than you might think. A panel of experts discuss the plant and animal life found in city waters and green spaces. They also discuss the impact of urbanization and climate change on a city's biodiversity.