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Molly Samuel


Molly Samuel joined WABE as a reporter in November 2014. Before coming on board, she was a science producer and reporter at KQED in San Francisco, where she won awards for her reporting on hydropower and on crude oil.

Molly was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

She’s from Atlanta, has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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Around the world, climate change means the oceans are rising. Water expands as it warms, bringing up sea levels. The ice melting in the Arctic contributes, too.

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The oceans creep up on average by about a tenth of an inch a year, but, in recent years, sea levels have gone up much faster in the southeastern U.S.

Researchers now have an idea why that rapid rise is happening.

Stores in Blairsville sold handmade eclipse gifts, like this magnet at Beads, Bags and Beyond.
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Millions of people are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse later this month. The moon will block the sun, casting a shadow that will travel across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

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A decade ago, utility executives and policymakers dreamed of a clean energy future powered by a new generation of cheap, safe nuclear reactors. Projects to expand existing nuclear plants in South Carolina and Georgia were supposed to be the start of the "nuclear renaissance."

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
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Earlier this week, South Carolina utilities decided to scrap a nuclear power expansion project. Now, Georgia is the only state in the nation with nuclear reactors under construction.

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The future of the project here is up in the air, too.

An upward view inside the Vogtle Unit 3 cooling tower.

Earlier this week, utilities in South Carolina decided to stop working on a nuclear power plant expansion, leaving Georgia the only state in the nation with nuclear reactors currently under construction.

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The scrapping of the South Carolina plant raises questions as to whether there’s a future for nuclear energy in the United States.