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Rain gardens are on the rise in cities, and for good reason

The city’s sewer system, which combines storm runoff and raw sewage in some areas, has a history of overflowing. Instead of flowing into a treatment plant, that toxic mix, along with the sediment, trash and other pollutants storm water washes off streets, ends up in rivers.

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Farmers march for urgent climate action in DC

Farmers and their advocates gathered in Freedom Plaza to bring attention to the urgency of the climate crisis at what they called the Rally for Resilience.

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DC’s iconic cherry trees could hit a record-early peak bloom

Over the past century, the historical average peak bloom date at the Tidal Basin has been April 4, but records show it's been coming earlier than usual in recent decades.

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The Grass House is the first bamboo building in D.C.

Just across from Frederick Douglass’ historic Anacostia home sits a small house with a modern design. You wouldn’t guess it, but this house made history in its own right, as it’s made of bamboo.

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How global warming has changed Washington winters

If you’ve lived in the Washington region for a while, you might have noticed winters aren’t as harsh as they used to be. While it’s true that the area has never been particularly cold or snowy, it has become less so with time.

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Western wildfire smoke dramatically altered D.C.'s sunrises and sunsets

The sun’s usually bright and vibrant colors at sunrise and sunset in recent days were replaced by dim and soft reddish hues in the sky. The culprit? Western wildfire smoke in the atmosphere that filtered the sunlight reaching the ground.

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D.C.'s unique history provides a bit of extra security from sea level rise

Even with sea level rise, Washington, D.C., will be largely safe from hurricane-related flooding because of its waterfront parks. But an NPR analysis finds that 1,000 people will still be at risk.
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