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E.O. Wilson Goes To Washington

The Pulitzer Prize winner, who's known as the "father of biodiversity," is a scientific superstar. But now he's trying to convince Congress to set aside half the earth as wilderness.
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With Drought The New Normal In The West, States Scramble To Prepare

As the Colorado River dries out, the seven states that rely on this body of water risk water scarcity. Colorado state historian Patty Limerick discusses preparations for water scarcity in the West.
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5 Years After Devastating Missouri Tornado, Communities Assess Disaster Response

Five years ago, a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people. This week, Joplin will host leaders from other tornado-stricken cities to discuss the lessons they've learned.
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Are Indians Turning To The 'Supernatural' In Subterranean Search For Water?

More than 330 million Indians are desperate for water, leading some to rely on an ancient — and unproven — method to find it underground.
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Amid Concerns, New York Auctions Flood-Wrecked Wrecked Homes

Most homes buyers steer clear of flood zones and badly damaged buildings. But at an auction in New York City, that's exactly what bidders wanted.
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The Sacred Glacier Is Melting But The Festival Goes On

That's the sad situation facing thousands of Peruvians who climb a mountain for the 'Snow Star' festival, which starts on Sunday.
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Rising Tides Force Thousands To Leave Islands Of Eastern India

On the small Indian island of Ghoramara, many people have never heard of climate change. It has forced tens of thousands of people to move after their homes were swallowed by rising tides.
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Super Hot! India Records Its Highest Temperature Ever

Thermometers in the western city of Phalodi registered a sizzling 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. One resident told the BBC that it was so hot, his cellphone stopped working.
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Lawmakers Reach A Deal To Expand Regulation Of Toxic Chemicals

If it passes, the compromise bill would be the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act in more than four decades. Supporters say it gives the EPA more power to ensure chemical safety.
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In India's Sundarbans, People And Tigers Try To Coexist In A Shrinking Space

The vast patchwork of islands on a delta where three rivers meet is home to hundreds of tigers and 4 million people. As climate change squeezes the land they share, is increased conflict inevitable?

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