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Our Daily Planet: China's Freezing Weather and California's Salmon Runs

Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Cold, Cold January: The United States could see its coldest January since the 1980s, according to

China is Freezing: Bitter cold temperatures, ice and sleet in southern China have forced mass evacuations and caused $200 million in economic losses.

Flight to Extinction: Six bird species in Australia, including the west Victorian pied currawong, haven't been seen for decades and will soon be listed as presumed extinct.

Desertification Fight: Despite recent gains, China says it will take 300 years to reverse the country's desertification.

California Salmon Runs: Federal regulators ordered major reductions in the amount of pollution dumped into the Klamath River in California. The order should help restore the once-thriving salmon runs to Northern California.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Bumblebee Decline and Alaska's Petroleum Battle

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Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.