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CLIMATE CHANGE
Canary in the Coal Mine—What the American Pika Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Pika are small, cute mammals that live in broken rock habitats or talus fields high in the mountains above treeline. Adorable as they are, these critters might have a serious story to tell about the impacts of climate change. Research is showing a correlation between the loss of ice and permafrost under the talus, and the disappearance of the animals. As temperatures rise, where pika live could indicate the health of a watershed—and foretell our future water supply.

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THE CONFLUENCE
Pipe Dream: One Couple’s Ideal Job of Moving Water Under Mountains

A lot of water is moved from the western part of Colorado to the east where much of the state's population lives. Those diversions involve a complex system of pipes, reservoirs, pumps, and canals to keep the whole operation flowing. Setting aside the heated politics of moving resources from one basin to another, the conveyance of water under the Continental Divide is an engineering triumph, and in one case, for a couple living isolated in a high mountain valley, it's a "pipe dream" come true.

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THE DIRT: AGRICULTURE, FOOD & WATER
Pay Dirt: How Farmers Are Using Less Water, Avoiding Pesticides, and Building Healthy Soil—All While Maintaining or Increasing Yields

It’s harvest time for much of the country and also a time to plan for the season ahead. For a growing number of farmers, that will mean planting something called "cover crops"—plants that control erosion, conserve water, build healthy soils, and reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides—all while maintaining yields. As H2O Radio reports, the "soil health movement" is shifting the ground beneath farmers' feet—for the better.

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Headlines for the week
ending Jan. 21, 2018

Global warming is leading to water shortages that in turn lead to civil unrest and sometimes war.

A new study from the CDC shows that the bacteria causing Legionnaires' disease are found in water systems of buildings, not just in isolated areas, but nearly everywhere in the country.

Report: U.S. Border Patrol agents have routinely emptied water containers and removed supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants.

The EPA is taking steps to roll back regulations that protect minors from exposure to dangerous chemicals on the farm and in the workplace.

What the shutdown means
for public health and the environment.

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