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Cherry Blossoms As Botanical Diplomacy

Spring has sprung and thousands of tourists are flocking to the nation's capital for the annual Cherry Blossom festival. But there is a rich story behind the famous tree that connects the United States to Japan. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Adrian Higgins about his feature article "Hidden Zen" in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Aside from urban legends about talking to your flower pots, is there any reason to study the effect of noise on plants? One ecologist says yes — because noise pollution can disrupt the behavior of birds and other animals that plants rely on.
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Original Cherry Trees Still Standing In D.C.

The first two cherry trees planted 100 years ago in the District are still standing.
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EPA Ranks Virginia Second For Toxic Waterways

Virginia released more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2010, according to a local environmental group.
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Arlington Businesses Conclude Green Games

Arlington businesses ended a yearlong competition in reducing energy use.

Making the Shift To Electric Vehicles

Though the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf entered the market to fanfare, the battery-powered cars haven't been selling as quickly as hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius. Industry experts discuss electric car technology, from batteries to charging stations, and what it might take to encourage drivers to make the shift.

Archaeologists Revisit Iraq

One of the first American archaeological teams to work in Iraq in 20 years has recently returned from a dig on the outskirts of Ur. Team leader Elizabeth Stone discusses the team's findings, and what the artifacts tell us about life in the region thousands of years ago.

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From Brownfield To Superfund Site: Baltimore's Sauer Dump

What does it mean for a community when the EPA declares a part of your neighborhood a Superfund site?

Supreme Court: Property Owners Can Challenge EPA

The court ruled unanimously in favor of an Idaho couple who were prevented from building their dream home after the Environmental Protection Agency barred them from building on their land. The agency claimed the property was protected wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act.