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Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

Sea levels are expected to rise over the next century, and low-lying Assateague Island National Park is at risk of disappearing entirely, according to a report.

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Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.

“The Diet-Climate Connection,” examines how our food choices affect our living environment and planet.

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Local Scientists Take Stock Of An Amphibious Species On The Brink

We hear about a local researcher's potential breakthrough in the global scramble to save endangered frogs.

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In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel?

Drought across the country has led to spiking corn prices, forcing a growing number of ethanol plants around the country to temporarily close down. As a result, there is a growing call for suspending a federal mandate on biofuel and freeing up corn for feed.
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Mysterious New 'Heartland Virus' Discovered In Missouri

So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
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Seals' Comeback Spells Trouble For Mass. Coast

A federal law that protects gray and harbor seals has led to a population boom off the coast of Cape Cod. Fishermen and residents say the seals have become a nuisance, and the first shark attack in Massachusetts in 76 years is now fueling a contentious debate.
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Isaac's Size, Speed Help It Pack A Heavyweight Punch

The storm may not have had the intensity of other Gulf hurricanes of recent years, but its slow movement and wide coverage area create their own problems.
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With West Nile On The Rise, We Answer Your Questions

Every state except Alaska and Hawaii has reported West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects human cases will rise through October. In Texas, the worst-hit state, deaths reached 31.

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