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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: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:04:00 -0400

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Settlement Deal Reached In 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:04:00 -0400

Residents affected by a leak of coal-washing chemical into the Elk River reached a deal with a chemical company. A class action suit against a water company was set to move forward in federal court.

Oregon Occupation Trial Draws Crowds, But Still No Verdict

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:38:00 -0400

The jury was struggling to reach a verdict in the trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other people in connection with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:00 -0400

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:01:00 -0400

Researchers say the ice is melting more quickly than they've ever seen. They think it's because warm water is circulating under the ice shelf, and that the melting process appears to be irreversible.

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.

After Hurricane Matthew, Town Wonders: Rebuild Or Relocate?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:15 -0400

Flooding from Hurricane Matthew wrecked hundreds of homes in Princeville, N.C. It's the second time the town has flooded in 20 years. Now residents debate whether to rebuild or just relocate.

Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Haiti is still recovering from a Category 4 storm that ravaged its southern coast two weeks ago. Scott Simon speaks with Chief Medical Officer Joanna Cherry of Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-Au-Prince.

Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

What Can We Learn From One Of The World's Most Toxic Accidents?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:00 -0400

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

California's Dire Drought Message Wanes, Conservation Levels Drop

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Californians are saving less and less water as the state enters what may be its sixth year of drought, in part because they say they're hearing a less-than-clear message about the drought.

'It Was Time To Make A Hard Stand'; Closing Arguments Completed In Malheur Trial

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:16:00 -0400

Seven defendants who occupied Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge stand accused of conspiracy, theft of government property and illegally carrying firearms. Among them are Ammon and Ryan Bundy.