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EPA Orders Military Base And WSSC To Fix Water Problems

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are required to sort out some water issues.

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On The Road: Reporting On Lead Poisoning In Nigeria

Gold ore mined in northern Nigeria is mixed with lead. When the ore is dug up, crushed and processed, the lead escapes into the air and settles on the ground. Children are being poisoned when they swallow lead-contaminated dust and dirt.
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Virginia Tree Nurseries Set To Reopen

Virginia residents will soon be able to take advantage of over 24 million tree seedlings in the state's two tree nurseries.

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Scientist Cleared In Polar Bear Controversy

Charles Monnett's 2006 report on drowning polar bears became a rallying cry for environmentalists. Then he was accused of scientific misconduct. On Friday, he learned he had been cleared.
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Environmental Outlook: Elephants And The Ivory Trade

Tens of thousands of African elephants are being slaughtered every year to meet demand for ivory in China, the Philippines and Thailand. Inside the underground ivory trade and the future of Africa's elephants.

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Environmentalist Uses Bio-Digestion To Deal With Poultry Waste

A businessman thinks he may have found a new solution for how to handle the countless tons of poultry manure on the Eastern Shore.

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Ice Age Co-Stars: Horses, Camels And Cheetahs

Mammoths and saber-toothed cats may be the most famous beasts of the Ice Age. But they shared the prairie with horses and camels, too--both of which evolved in North America and crossed the ice bridge into Eurasia, before disappearing here. Matthew Kohn and Christopher Hill talk about the lesser-known fauna of the Ice Age.
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The Biology Of Birds Of Prey

The Snake River area near Boise, Idaho has one of the world's highest concentrations of nesting raptors. Biologists Mark Fuller, Julie Heath & Chris Parish join Ira Flatow for a look at raptor biology, and the threats the birds are facing. Plus, bringing back the California condor.
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Fires And Invasive Grass Threaten American West

Cheatgrass, an invasive weed, is choking out native sagebrush in the Great Basin--and setting the stage for hotter, more catastrophic fires there. Jen Pierce, an expert on ancient fires, and Mike Pellant, of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative, talk about how fires are reshaping landscapes in the American West.
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Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year

After the Midwest's driest summer in decades, farmers are assessing their losses and gains. Despite the hit many farms took, the Agriculture Department predicts record high farm income this year, thanks to higher prices and federally subsidized crop insurance.

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