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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:35:00 -0500

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though. These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Shakes California

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:43:00 -0500

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was about 100 miles off the coast and that there was no risk of a tsunami. Residents in Ferndale, Calif., said they felt the earth "roll" under them.

Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.

Trump Selects Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Run The EPA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the incoming administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a self-avowed opponent of what he calls "the EPA's activist agenda."

Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:31:00 -0500

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

Weather Channel To Don't Use Our Content To Mislead On Climate Change

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:50:00 -0500

The Weather Channel published an article telling the right-wing news site, "The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call."

Protesters Fear Trump Could Reverse Dakota Access Pipeline Decision

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

A decision by the Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday put a halt on the construction of the oil pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Protesters rejoiced after months of demonstrations. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak about what's next for the pipeline.

Opponents Celebrate Decision To Halt Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:00 -0500

Pipeline opponents are celebrating Sunday's decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to not approve a key part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters fear the decision will be reversed by the incoming Trump administration.

'Their Purpose Has Been Served': Standing Rock Leader Asks Protesters To Leave

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:27:00 -0500

A day after the Army Corps of Engineers blocked the proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribal leader said "nothing will happen" until the Trump administration begins.

Al Gore Meets With Donald And Ivanka Trump In Search For 'Common Ground'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:26:00 -0500

Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Donald Trump regularly called climate change "a hoax" during his presidential campaign.

In Victory For Protesters, Army Halts Construction On Dakota Pipeline

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:45:00 -0500

The Army Corps of Engineers says it's denying a permit for building the oil pipeline right above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The move comes after months of protests.

Tennessee Wildfires Bring Big Loss For Little Wedding Chapel

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:00 -0500

Weddings in Gatlinburg, Tenn., are big business. Among the casualties of this week's fire was Cupid's Chapel of Love, an ultra-kitschy, iconic wedding venue.

After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:50:00 -0500

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Standing Rock Protesters Gear Up For Winter

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:00 -0500

Despite federal and state evacuation orders, the remaining protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in North Dakota are staying through the heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:05:00 -0500

Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November.