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Earth Focus

America’s Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

In Juliette, Georgia radioactive water flows from the tap. In Pennsylvania, three adjoining counties battle a rare form of cancer. One thing these communities have in common is their exposure coal ash. Coal combustion powers 40 percent of America’s electricity but generates 130 million tons of coal ash each year. Though it is known to contain carcinogens, coal ash is often dumped in unlined ponds where it leaches into groundwater. There is no federal coal ash regulation on the books—only a patchwork of state level standards. But people who live near the coal ash dumps in Georgia and Pennsylvania say they are shrugged off as collateral damage by corporate interests and slow moving government agencies. An original "Earth Focus" investigation.

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Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers.
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Two cities, San Francisco and Freetown, brace for climate change using vastly different methodologies.
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Droughts and floods are driving many people away from their rural, farming communities into big cities.
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Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. How is the region adapting?
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The New West and the Politics of the Environment

A quiet, little-known revolution is taking place in American environmental politics.
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Vanishing Coral

Explore our ocean's coral reefs and the imminent anger they face from climate change.
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