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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: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:31:00 -0400

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:43:00 -0400

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:25:00 -0400

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:31:25 -0400

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:13:00 -0400

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

The 'New Power' Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:06:30 -0400

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have written a guide for spreading ideas, building movements and staying ahead.

The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:40:20 -0400

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation — the conveyor belt of the ocean — is slowing down. Scientists disagree about what's behind it, but say it could mean bad news for the climate.

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:14:07 -0400

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

National Park Service To 'Modestly' Raise Entrance Fees In Plan To Cut Repair Backlog

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:28:02 -0400

The National Park Service will increase entrance fees at 117 national parks by at least $5. The increases are far smaller than had previously been proposed by the Trump administration.

Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:35:00 -0400

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

A Thank You To NPR's Science Commentary Readers

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:27:00 -0400

For 6 1/2 years, Barbara J. King has written commentaries for NPR on everything from animals and anthropology to gender and higher education. Here, she offers up some of her favorite pieces.

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:30:11 -0400

Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.