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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, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:56 -0400

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What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:56 -0400

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

Trump's Plan To Ditch Clean Power Plan Threatens Paris Agreement

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

President Trump is expected to ditch the Clean Power Plan this week. The CPP regulations would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. Without it, the U.S. won't live up to its pledge, made in Paris in 2015, to make deep cuts in emissions. That could jeopardize the Paris deal, in which nearly 200 nations made similar pledges.

EPA Chief: Trump Plans To Kill Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

The Trump administration is expected this week to unveil its executive order undoing President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

In Conflict With Trump Agenda, California Sets Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:20 -0400

California put itself on a collision course with the Trump Administration as the state's clean air agency moved forward with stricter emissions requirements for trucks and cars.

In Chile, Landowner Makes The Largest Private Donation Of Land To A Government

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

Kristine Tompkins, whose husband founded The North Face clothing company, tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her decision to donate a million acres of land she owns in Patagonia to Chile's government.

Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:35:00 -0400

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:09:00 -0400

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

Why More Farmers Are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:11:00 -0400

Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.

Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:50:00 -0400

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:00:17 -0400

Clearing peat land by fire is illegal but remains widespread, since it's the cheapest way to clear land for farming and industry. Still, peat fires were down by more than 80 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:00 -0400

Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change.

Norwegian Pension Fund Divests From Companies Behind DAPL

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:19:00 -0400

KLP is pulling millions of dollars it has invested in companies building and owning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision was reportedly driven by pressure from Norway's indigenous Sami peoples.

#CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:47:00 -0400

What questions do you have about the toll that climate change is taking — and about possible solutions?

California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:46:00 -0400

A rainy winter has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?