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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.

Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Ontario Finds It's Easier Said Than Done

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:41:00 -0400

Pesticides called "neonics" are popular among farmers, but also have been blamed for killing bees. In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on neonics, with mixed results.

N.D. Judge Dismisses Riot Charge Against 'Democracy Now' Host

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:18:00 -0400

Amy Goodman will not face criminal charges for her coverage of an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota last month. Prosecutors say they may still bring charges later.

On Energy And Climate Change, Clinton And Trump Differ Sharply

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on energy and climate change. In our series, What's The Issue, we find out just how much they differ.

Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power In Pacific Northwest

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:39:00 -0400

More rain is expected for Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, after a storm downed trees and flooded roads across the region.

Countries Reach Deal To Limit Hydrofluorocarbon Emissions

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:04:28 -0400

Countries around the world have agreed to limit the type of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons. Andrew Light of the World Resources Institute talks about what it means for climate change.

Nations Clinch Landmark Pact To Fight Climate Change

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:37:00 -0400

More than 150 countries have reached a major agreement in Kigali, Rwanda to reduce emissions of a powerful chemical used in refrigeration and air conditioning that traps heat in Earth's atmosphere.

In Fight Against Food Waste, Brits Find A Worthy Battlefield: The Home

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:19:28 -0400

Reducing food waste is complicated, but the clearest success story may be the United Kingdom, where households cut the amount of food they wasted by about 20 percent.

Intense Flooding Causes Evacuation In South Carolina After Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

South Carolina residents are facing flooding prompted by Hurricane Matthew's heavy rainfall in North Carolina last week. The floodwaters have causing widespread damage in riverside cities and towns.

Haiti Presidential Election Rescheduled For November

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:15:00 -0400

The long-postponed vote, which was most recently canceled because of Hurricane Matthew, will be held November 20. Haiti's interim president has already outstayed his mandate to be in office.

Winter Heating Costs Likely To Increase

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:04:00 -0400

The federal government says higher fuel prices and colder weather will add up to a steeper bill than last year for consumers heating their homes this winter.

Hurricane Nicole Wallops Island Of Bermuda

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -0400

The Category 3 storm has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center calls it "extremely dangerous."

We Pay Billions For Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

American farmers receive billions of dollars each year in "conservation payments" that are intended to protect the environment. Some environmentalists say the payments deserve scrutiny — and reform.

Protests Disrupt Pipelines Across The Northern U.S.

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:08:00 -0400

On Tuesday, activists targeted five pipelines carrying crude oil into the U.S. from Canada, as construction resumed on a North Dakota pipeline.