Environment

 
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Need to Know, August 10, 2012: Paradise lost in Palau?

Need to Know reports from the Pacific Island nation of Palau on the island country’s efforts to hold the world’s leading industrial powers legally responsible the environmental damage they cause.

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Bringing climate change to court

Environmental lawyer Matthew Pawa discusses his work on climate change litigation.

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  Paradise lost?

Palau is a paradise, but the nation is threatened by climate change and sea-level rise. 

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From the ashes, a call to heed climate change

Amid the wreckage of his Colorado Springs home, a fire victim warns future generations of climate change in this Climate Desk report.

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Cuomo signals limited NY fracking plan

Regardless of where the Cuomo administration lands on regulation, the governor’s decision to allow any fracking in New York state will feel like a victory to energy companies who have been waiting for years to drill on already-leased land.

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  It’s not easy being green

Need to Know correspondent Mona Iskander updates her report from Greenville, Mich., about a town that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar-panel manufacturing company.

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  David Biello on the future of solar

Scientific American’s David Biello talks to Jeff Greenfield about Uni-Solar’s bankruptcy and what it means for the U.S. solar industry.

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  Dr. Jay Gulledge on what rising seas mean for the U.S.

Scott Simon talks with Dr. Jay Gulledge about what sea-level rise might mean for the nation, and what we can do today to prepare.

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  Rising tide in Norfolk, Va.

Mayor Paul Fraim tells Need to Know that if sea-level rise continues, some parts of his city may have to be abandoned to the rising tide.