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The latest IPCC global climate change report sounds alarm bells for the future of the planet.
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After Dire Global Report, Vermont Explores Its Role In Curbing Climate Change

Last week, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report that paints a gloomy global picture. Even if we're able to limit global warming from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, we could see serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural eco-systems. We're digging deeper on the report on Vermont Edition .

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Commissioner of Buildings and General Services Chris Cole stands in a wing of the Statehouse that's been overtaken by mold. Cole says it'll cost an estimated $500,000 to clean up the committee rooms before lawmakers return in January.
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A mold infestation in the Vermont Statehouse has rendered 14 legislative committee rooms temporarily unfit for human occupancy.

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It’s been about a year since Bennington College took over the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury.

As the school gets ready to close up the museum for the winter, administrators are taking stock of their first season and beginning to think about next year’s programs.

Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer.

The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer.

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For residents of Brandon, the past year has been filled with noise, dust and the steady hum of roadwork. It’s part of a nearly $30 million infrastructure upgrade that’s remaking the town both above ground and below.

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday. Barnes fills a nearly yearlong vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR's former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment.

The price of beer could rise sharply this century, and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing. Instead, a new study says beer prices could double, on average, because of the price of malted barley, a key ingredient in the world's favorite alcoholic drink.

By projecting heat and drought trends over the coming decades, a team of researchers in China, the U.K. and the U.S. found that barley production could be sharply affected by the shifting climate. And that means some parts of the world would very likely be forced to pay much more for a beer.

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Ahead of November's midterm elections, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Murray Ngoima is a Liberty Union candidate for Lieutenant Governor. She’s challenging incumbent Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman.

Joe Gay - an engineer with Casella Waste Systems - stands before the Coventry landfill.
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The Coventry landfill in northern Vermont will expand by 51 acres. The state issued a permit to the landfill's owners Friday after an extended public comment period.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the license transfer for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

Democrat Christine Hallquist seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the Nov. 6 election.
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Christine Hallquist is the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative and the Democratic candidate for governor. She's challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the Nov. 6 election.

Candidate Hallquist joins Vermont Edition to discuss her platform and priorities should she become governor.


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What's It Like To Hike The Long Trail?

The 272-mile Long Trail follows Green Mountain ridgelines from one end of Vermont to another. So what’s it like to hike the whole thing?

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The VPR - Vermont PBS Debates

VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating on a series of four debates this month. View the full schedule and submit your questions for the candidates.

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The Latest From But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Sophie Posner-Brown (left) was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 2 years old. She and her twin sister Isabelle talk about life with a serious illness.

Living With A Brain Tumor: 11-Year-Old Twins Share Their Story

In today's episode we're not answering any questions. Instead, we're going to talk with 11-year-old twins Isabelle and Sophie Posner-Brown. When Sophie was two, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She's had three surgeries and lots of chemotherapy, but she's been on a break from chemo for the last four years. The twins talked with But Why about what it's like to live with Sophie's illness.

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