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Tree Rings Tell Tales Of Ancient Fires And Climate

Tom Swetnam says tree rings tell the tale of how climate, fire and people interacted hundreds and thousands of years ago. Today that interaction continues, and Swetnam says climate change is causing earlier snowmelt--which can lead to bigger, hotter blazes. Brett Fay joins to talk about predicting the movements of a wildfire.
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James McClintock: "Lost Antarctica"

Giant predatory worms, 50-foot algae, sea spiders and leopard seals are some of the creatures living between the ice and snow of Antarctica. A leading expert on Antarctica explains what's in this fragile ecosystem and why it's under attack.

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Manufacturing And Regulations

An industry report says manufacturers are overburdened with rules. But health, safety and environmental watchdogs argue regulations are not strict enough. The role of regulations in the U.S. economy.

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Congress Asked To Serve Tap Water At Inauguration

In an effort to save money and be more environmentally friendly, some lawmakers are asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration.

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In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out

Climate change is exaggerating the normal swings in weather. For the American Southwest, that means more intense waves of heat, drought and fire that could wipe out trees that have stood for centuries. It's already revamping the ecology of the landscape.
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DC Water Challenges Residents To Taste The Tap

Tap water is not only more environmentally sound than bottled water, but DC Water is keen to prove to District residents that it tastes as good, or better.

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Why Forest-Killing Megafires Are The New Normal

Woodland forest fires are burning with such power and size, no one can remember anything like it. The problem with fires of this intensity is that the forests can't recover — they are completely destroyed.

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