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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, 25 Sep 2017 19:58:49 -0400

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Thousands Flee Bali's Mount Agung After Volcano Threat Level Is Raised

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:58:49 -0400

Authorities say the mountain, which last erupted 54 years ago, is poised to go at any time.

Cut Off From The World, Puerto Ricans Search For A Ghost Of A Signal

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:25:00 -0400

On a major expressway in the north of the island, drivers chase after elusive cell service. Some have managed to make calls to the mainland — though not always to relatives elsewhere on the island.

Puerto Rico Without Power As Authorities Try To Warn Thousands Of Damaged, Failing Dam

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

Puerto Ricans are still left without power after Hurricane Maria, and rebuilding efforts are further complicated with structural damage of a major dam. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Luis Ferre Sadurni of the New York Times about the devastation there.

Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:03:00 -0400

People can't simulate realistic, internal sensations, like temperature change or pain — which is a reason why more people aren't terrified by climate change, says guest blogger Lisa Feldman Barrett.

Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.

A Look From The Ground In Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:45 -0400

As the situation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria continues, we hear from Patricia Mazzei, a writer for The Miami Herald.

Florida's Citrus Groves Hit Hard By Hurricane Irma

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

Hurricane Irma hit Florida's citrus groves hard. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Ellis Hunt Jr., a Florida citrus grower and Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission about the damage.

National Flood Insurance Program Will Pay Out Billions For A Few Properties

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

The National Flood Insurance Program backs most flood insurance policies, but has many problems. Around one percent of insured homes have been responsible for around a quarter of the claims paid out.

Buildings In Mexico Keep Falling Days After Deadly Earthquake

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

It's been two days since a powerful earthquake violently shook central Mexico killing at least 245 people. But buildings keep falling even as rescue efforts turn more to recovery and reconstruction.

Montana Wildfires Reignite Logging Debate

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

An epic wildfire season in Montana has conservatives blaming environmentalists for blocking logging projects, but scientists say climate change is making fire seasons longer and more intense.

Powerful Storms Make For Compelling Stories, But Can Cause Mental Health Stress

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR's Hidden Brain podcast about how witnessing traumatic events — even from a great distance — can affect mental health.

How Prepared Is The U.S. For Earthquakes?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

Mexico has had an earthquake early-warning system for decades, and other countries that get earthquakes — Japan, Taiwan — have them, too. The U.S. does not. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, who spent years working with the U.S. Geological Survey to create a system.

Puerto Rico Chief Of Staff Says Hurricane Maria Devastated Island

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with the chief of staff of the Puerto Rico government, William Villafañe, about how the island is doing now that Hurricane Maria has finally left the province.

Puerto Rico And U.S. Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:49:08 -0400

Less than a month after Hurricane Irma hit, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are dealing with another storm as Hurricane Maria barrels through the region.