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Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.

Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:18:00 -0500

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Interior Nominee Familiar With Issues, But Worries Environmentalists

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:18:00 -0500

Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing is scheduled for this week. Energy developers and tribal leaders are cheering. But environmentalists are wary of the Montana congressman.

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.

Bountiful Beach Buffet: Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

Ocean algae is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:08 -0500

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:01:00 -0500

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.

Read The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:36:00 -0500

It's written from the perspective of lung cancer. And it's striking a chord on social media.

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Installing Emissions-Cheating Software

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.

'Snowpacalypse2017' And Flooding Clobber Western States But Ease Drought

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:44:00 -0500

Storms dumped rain and snow all along the coast, prompting evacuations, closing roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers. But all that water has helped the West's severe drought.

The Curious Case Of The Hyolith, An Ancient 'Ice Cream Cone' That's Found A Home

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:08 -0500

The creature, which roamed ocean floors over 500 million years ago, went years without a definitive scientific classification. Now, researchers think the oddball finally has a group to call its own.

Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

Powerful Storms Make Dent In California's Historic Drought

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:29:00 -0500

A week of powerful storms on the West Coast is helping to put a dent in California's historic drought, yet state officials are warning they are by no means a drought buster.

Volkswagen To Plead Guilty, Pay $4.3 Billion In Emissions Scheme Settlement

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:12:00 -0500

The Justice Department also announced the indictments of six VW executives. Volkswagen has admitted equipping diesel vehicles with software to cheat emissions tests and then lying to regulators.

Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief In Order To Relocate

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:08:00 -0500

Rising temperatures and thawing permafrost threaten tiny Newtok. Its residents want President Obama to declare an official disaster, to unlock the millions it needs to move the community.

Warming Oceans Could Boost Dangerous Toxin In Your Shellfish Dinner

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

A new study finds a link between warming waters and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in species like Dungeness crabs, clams and mussels — and can be hazardous, even fatal in people who eat them.

Smog Police: New Beijing Force Created To Tackle Air Pollution

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:38:00 -0500

This comes after a month of particularly severe air quality that left the capital and dozens of other Chinese cities blanketed in thick, brown smog.