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John Nielsen covers environmental issues for NPR. His reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning news magazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He also prepares documentaries for the NPR/National Geographic Radio Expeditions

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'Farm To City' Deal To Dry Out Stretches Of California's Legendary Salton Sea

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:03:45 -0500

Critics say the state's mitigation plan falls far short of what's needed to protect this former tourist mecca from the impact of the coming water transfer.

'Dead Zones' Multiplying In World's Oceans

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:00:00 -0400

A global study shows the number of "dead zones" — areas of ocean with too little oxygen for most marine life — has increased by one-third since 1995. In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers say these polluted waters are the leading threat to life in coastal oceans.

'Mother Lode' Of Gorillas Found In Congo Forests

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:01:00 -0400

Gorilla experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society say they've made a spectacular find in the forests of the Republic of Congo: 125,000 previously undiscovered western lowland gorillas. The animals are critically endangered.

Democrats Call For Probe Of EPA Chief's Testimony

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 06:00:00 -0400

Democratic senators are calling for a perjury investigation into comments made by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The senators claim EPA chief Stephen Johnson lied to Congress and folded under White House pressure on global warming policy.

Plan To Stop Right Whales From Striking Ships Stuck

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0400

Critically endangered right whales gather off the coast of New England at this time of year, but many places where they congregate are in the middle of the shipping lanes. Ship strikes are a major threat, but a plan to stop the strikes is in limbo.

Federal Conservation Program At Risk

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:15:00 -0400

The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers who own environmentally important areas to leave them idle. But in recent years, the demand for crops such as corn has prompted calls to put many of these protected wildlands back under the plow.

EPA Won't Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0400

The Environmental Protection Agency in a report Friday says it won't regulate greenhouse gases. The authors of the report could not agree on the effects of greenhouse gases on health. Any new regulation will have to wait for the next administration.

Study: Global Coral Crisis Is In Full Bloom

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 01:00:00 -0400

As many as one-third of the world's coral reefs may be headed toward extinction. A new study blames the destruction on a range of culprits, from fishing boats to climate change.

Unlikely Heroes: Goats Rescue N.Y. Bog Turtles

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:07:00 -0400

An invasive weed is drying up the swamps that house the last of New York's endangered bog turtles. But the turtles have an unlikely savior: The government and a nonprofit are bringing in goats and cattle to eat the weeds and restore the swamps.

Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program

Fri, 23 May 2008 12:00:00 -0400

The White House is weighing what could become the biggest conservation program in U.S. history. The initiative would block vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing and oil exploration, while giving President Bush a historic "blue legacy."

White House Lists Polar Bears as 'Threatened'

Wed, 14 May 2008 16:00:00 -0400

The Bush administration announces on Wednesday that the polar bear will be protected as a threatened species because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. It's the first time that the Endangered Species Act has been used to protect a species threatened by the impact of climate change.

Polar Bear Endangerment Decision Looms

Wed, 14 May 2008 06:00:00 -0400

Bush administration officials are under a court order to decide by tomorrow whether to add the polar bear to the list of endangered species. The decision will cap a three-year campaign by environmentalists to show that climate change has the potential to imperil wildlife. Critics say any listing is a bad idea.

Warming Waters Threaten 'Unicorns of the Sea'

Sun, 11 May 2008 16:00:00 -0400

Researchers studying the impact of climate change on arctic creatures say that the Narwhal — the long-tusked whale that gave rise to the myth of the unicorn — could be in danger. Narwhals hunt in ice-covered areas and may be among the first animals to feel the heat of warming arctic waters.

Beetle Infestation Compounds Effects of Warming

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:00:00 -0400

In western Canada, tree-infesting beetles are flourishing due to warmer temperatures caused in part by global warming. But a new study in the journal Nature argues that these pests may also be compounding the effects of climate change by destroying the trees that suck key pollutants out of the atmosphere.

Flood Experts Say East, Midwest Primed for Disaster

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 06:00:00 -0400

Flood forecasters in the East and Midwest worry that heavy snows and rain this year have set the stage for a potentially disastrous flood season. The U.S. government's "flood chasers," who study flows of water to improve flood forecasts, are on high alert.