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Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Desmond D'Sa fought a landfill that took over a beautiful valley and sickened residents with its awful smell. He lost his job but won the battle — and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
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Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking

Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.
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The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.
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Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

This spring, the river's final stretch flowed freely for the first time in 50 years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to writer Rowan Jacobsen about his paddling trip down the temporarily-restored delta.
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Invasive Bugs

They're the ultimate hitch-hikers: bugs that hop into cargo ships or suitcases and travel abroad. We'll explore how invasive species of bugs are damaging crops and annoying humans.

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WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

The largest school of the tiny fish seen in 30 years was spotted earlier this week off La Jolla, Calif.
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Cove Point Serves as Flashpoint for Maryland Debate Over Fracking

A debate over a liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County is evolving in to a larger fight over fracking in Maryland.
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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
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Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.
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Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

A new study argues emperor penguins should be classified as an endangered species because of shrinking ice. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with scientist Hal Caswell, who co-authored the study.

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