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Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?
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Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use

California officials are finalizing a mandatory plan to cut water use across the state. Cities looking for a road map on how to save water might consider Santa Barbara's example.
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Teens Say California Drought Makes Tap Water Taste Funky

A firsthand look at how the historic drought is affecting local teens' quest to quench their thirst.
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A Novel Dutch Lawsuit Demands Government Cut Carbon Emissions

An environmental group is behind the class-action suit that says the government is not doing enough to protect citizens. A ruling in the closely watched case is expected next month.
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A Landscape Of Abundance Becomes A Landscape Of Scarcity

Photographer Matt Black spends his days capturing images that illustrate the impact of the drought on people living in California's Central Valley.
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It's A Beautiful Tree But It Causes A Stink

The disease-resistant Callery pear once was American cities' street tree of choice. One community in Pennsylvania has banned it. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 24, 2015.
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Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.
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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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