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Court Ruling Could Affect Eastern Shore's Poultry Industry

An environmental group is pushing for more accountability of poultry farmers on the Eastern Shore.

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Risk, Rising Seas And Regional Coastlines

How local beachfront communities are preparing for the worst, and whether those efforts are enough in an increasingly unpredictable climate.

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Glacier Photographer James Balog on 'Chasing Ice'

Photographer James Balog on Climate Change and 'Chasing Ice' — In the new documentary "Chasing Ice," photographer James Balog attempts to capture how the world's glaciers are being affected by climate change. As the film debuts across the country, Balog discusses the project, and what needs to be done to save Earth's shrinking glaciers.
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Fight Over Uranium Mining In Virginia Wages On

Advocates both for and against uranium mining in Virginia have been lobbying hard, but the issue may hinge on the results of a report Friday by a legislative working group.

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Greenland, Antarctic Ice Is Melting Faster

The good news: Sea level has risen by just a half-inch in the past 20 years as a result of shrinking ice. The bad news: The melting is now speeding up. Over the next century, this could contribute to another 2- to 3-foot rise in sea level — enough to flood New York City every few years.
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Lower Water Levels Dry Up Business On Great Lakes

The Great Lakes drought is affecting the survival of some of the small harbor towns located on North Michigan's shore. Melissa Block speaks with Russell Dzuba, the harbormaster in Leland, Mich., where a line of sand is cutting through his harbor.
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Water Levels Dangerously Low On Mississippi River

Mississippi River water levels are reaching near-record lows. Sections of the middle Mississippi River may become obstructed in December by rock outcrops in southern Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove the rock pinnacles in February, but river navigation industry leaders say that's not soon enough.
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Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.
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Geologist Uses Archaeology To Understand Climate Change

Far beneath the bedrock of our region are fossils of microscopic, magnetic bacteria. These fossils date back to an era when our region was a lush tropical forest, and may hold clues for how climate change affects our environment.

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