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AGRICULTURE
The Greening of a Desert: How a Youth-Led Group Is Bringing Fresh Food to Underserved Areas of a City

A food desert, as defined by the USDA, is an area where a substantial number of residents lack access to a supermarket or grocery store. The difficulty in obtaining affordable fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats can lead to poor diets and conditions such as obesity or diabetes. Research shows that food deserts occur more in low-income areas of cities, but one group of students is working to change that statistic with a fresh approach.

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MAKING WAVES
What Goes Up,
Tells Us What Will Come Down

Twice a day hundreds of people around the globe release large, tan balloons into the atmosphere. Weather balloons are still the go-to tool for meteorologists to get a true snapshot of how the atmosphere is at the moment at a specific location. What can these balloons tell us that satellites can’t? And, with balloons and satellites, why is the forecast sometimes just...wrong?

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WATER LAW
Hell and High Water—Unexpected Troubles Along Colorado's South Platte River

Many people in Colorado are facing a problem you’d never expect to find in the arid West: too much water. In places along the South Platte River, which flows from the Rockies through Denver to the northeast, basements are flooding, sewage systems are being damaged, and rising water is leaving salt in farmers’ fields, robbing them of productivity. The situation is vexing and has been the subject of numerous meetings of state officials, farmers, and water experts. But no lasting solution has been found. The real question is whether the state’s water law that goes back to the Gold Rush era is flexible enough to deal with the issue.

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Headlines for the week
ending Oct. 15, 2017

Scientists are increasingly suggesting that climate change has played a role in shaping fire seasons in California and other parts of the world.

Some Puerto Ricans may have no choice but to drink water contaminated by a federally designated hazardous waste site.

Ophelia heads toward Ireland as the strongest hurricane in the eastern Atlantic so late in the year.

The Supreme Court will hear two water dispute cases between states.

Researchers have mapped the geologic plumbing of Old Faithful and found a huge reservoir that generates the landmark’s famous eruptions.

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