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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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Illicit Ivory

Every twenty minutes, an African elephant is killed for its tusks. The reason? Greed.
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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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Restoring the Earth

Large-scale damaged ecosystems are possible to rehabilitate as seen in global initiatives.
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Saving the Rivers of the American West

Activists work to restore the watersheds of Oregon's largest river system.
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Climate Science in Action

Climate scientists go to some of the most remote areas on Earth to do their research.
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Inside the Climate Wars: A Conversation with Michael Mann

Debate over climate change remains polarized.
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Toxic Futures: Untold Stories of Chemical Pollution

Africa stands to be heavily impacted by climate change.
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Nuclear Power: America Goes Naked

When it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power, America is going naked.
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Asian Elephants in Peril

Asian elephants, already endangered in Indonesia and Thailand, are threatened further.
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