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Dozens Of False Killer Whales Mysteriously Strand Themselves In Florida

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:46:00 -0500

At least 82 of the animals have died during the mysterious event on a remote coast in Florida's Everglades National Park. The species is part of the dolphin family and forms strong social bonds.

U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."

States Could Take Lead On Environmental Regulation Under Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow with the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, about what role states have traditionally played in environmental regulation, and what a decentralized approach under the Trump administration would look like.

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Existence Of Climate Change

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that human activity plays "some" role in the changing climate. In his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Scott Pruitt said he wants to work with states to protect the environment while also encouraging economic growth.

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:31:00 -0500

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It's the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

Trump Pick To Head Interior Department Says Climate Change Is Not A Hoax

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:54:00 -0500

Rep. Ryan Zinke testified that humans influence climate, although there is a debate over how much. He promised to emulate Teddy Roosevelt in managing public lands.

Interior Nominee Familiar With Issues, But Worries Environmentalists

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:18:00 -0500

Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing is scheduled for this week. Energy developers and tribal leaders are cheering. But environmentalists are wary of the Montana congressman.

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.

Bountiful Beach Buffet: Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

Ocean algae is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:08 -0500

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:01:00 -0500

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.

Read The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:36:00 -0500

It's written from the perspective of lung cancer. And it's striking a chord on social media.

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Installing Emissions-Cheating Software

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.

'Snowpacalypse2017' And Flooding Clobber Western States But Ease Drought

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:44:00 -0500

Storms dumped rain and snow all along the coast, prompting evacuations, closing roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers. But all that water has helped the West's severe drought.