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When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To Climate Change

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Scott Pruitt is promising an aggressive rollback of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR takes a look at what he's likely to target and the challenges he will face.

Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:22:00 -0500

The Senate approved the longtime EPA critic on a 52-46 vote. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota voted for him; Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted against.

Oroville Dam Reached Capacity Faster Than Previous 16 Years

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:33:00 -0500

The Oroville dam is the tallest in the country and has a capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet. It went over capacity last week causing massive evacuations and bringing attention to its damaged spillways.

WATCH: The 'Firefall' Offers A Grand Glimpse Of A Glow In Flow

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Once a year around this time, when conditions are just right, Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park lights up at sunset with a majestic spectacle of orange and yellow. See the phenomenon in action.

The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.

How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:50:00 -0500

The Trump administration faces protests for its plan to aggressively rein in the EPA, an agency created by President Richard Nixon. But environmental protection was not always so politically divisive.

A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:36:00 -0500

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.

The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:33:00 -0500

There are several reasons the region is lagging in wind energy — including lower wind speeds. But now North Carolina is home to the first large-scale commercial wind farm in the Southeast.

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:17 -0500

Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

The Trump Presidency's Potential Impact On Climate Change

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:24:00 -0500

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump's possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Oroville Dam Evacuations Lifted As Officials Say Structure Can Withstand Next Storm

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:13:00 -0500

People who live downstream of the Northern California dam were allowed to return to their homes more than two days after the structure's concrete spillways suffered serious water damage.

In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:42:00 -0500

Kansas City Power & Light is building an ambitious, $20 million network of 1,000 charging stations. It's turning its service area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the U.S.

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:06:00 -0500

The world of infectious diseases has more than a few words and phrases you might want to know more about. We've got definitions for 11 key terms.