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AGRICULTURE, FOOD, and WATER
Dryland: Farmers
in Some of the Toughest Places to Do Agriculture Are the Ones Innovating for Climate Change

"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water to prepare for climate change. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government.

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WATER AND SCIENCE
Sleeping Like a Log? What Trees Do—and Don't Do at Night

Trees—they're just like us. They sleep, they drink—and they even have a pulse. What the latest research can also tell us about whether they're stressed out.

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CLIMATE CHANGE
Does a Changing Climate Require a Change in Vocabulary?

As snowpack and moisture levels in the Colorado River Basin show large areas of moderate to extreme drought, some are wondering if the term “drought” is misleading people into thinking it’s a temporary situation. Do we need a new vocabulary to describe conditions in the West? Words matter and “drought” is out says a new report

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Headlines for the week
ending July 22, 2018

The interim head of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, signed new rules that relax requirements for handling toxic coal waste.

A proposed EPA science rule rejects...science.

The city of Baltimore wants compensation from fossil fuel companies for having to protect itself from the effects of climate change.

What is the "Zero Hour" movement?

Fish are having a tough time in the Southwest.

The record-setting heat this summer has spurred a movement to protect those who work outside.

"Less fluid, more goofs."

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