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Author Diana Wells says one of her favorite trees is the Stewartia, a 20-foot-tall tree in her garden that has "lovely white flowers" and a flaky bark. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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What's In A Name? Author Tells Stories Behind Trees

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Adilla Finchaan, 50, checks her drought-stricken land in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, in this photo taken in July 2009. Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — something the Iraqis have blamed on upstream dams in Turkey and Syria — have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Mideast Water Crisis Brings Misery, Uncertainty

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Mideast Water Crisis Brings Misery, Uncertainty

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Mountaintop removal coal mining approaches a home on the Mud River in Lincoln County, W.Va. The mine site is part of the Hobet 21 mine. Courtesy of Vivian Stockman hide caption

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Environment

Experts Urge Officials To End Mountaintop Mining

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Experts Urge Officials To End Mountaintop Mining

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Gates-Pentagon

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