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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, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:00 -0400

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Scientists Are Amazed By Stone Age Tools They Dug Up In Kenya

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:00 -0400

The discovery suggests an earlier start to the Middle Stone Age in Africa than previously documented. It also offers clues to early social networks and symbolic art by human ancestors.

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Marine Biologist Studies Climate's Effects On Adelie Penguins

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:02:00 -0400

The Antarctica peninsula is shrinking as global temperatures rise. David Greene talks to scientist James McClintock about why warm weather is killing off penguin populations.

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Bye, Bye Birdies?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:18:35 -0400

It's the 100th anniversary of one of the nation's first environmental laws, which protects migratory birds.

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A Look At Just How Invasive The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Is

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:20:00 -0500

The brown marmorated stink bug first showed up in the United States about 20 years ago, and has been terrorizing homeowners and farmers ever since. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Kathryn Schulz, who writes about the invasive insect in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:23:00 -0500

Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.

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New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:12:00 -0500

The report, obtained by NPR, shows that "sunny-day flooding" may be a regular occurrence in some areas. It sets out to give communities a clear guide to prepare for coastal flooding.

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Unusually High Temperatures In Arctic Rise In Frequency

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 17:58:13 -0500

Weather patterns in the Arctic have been described as "freakishly warm." NPR's Michel Martin talks with climate science professor Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University about what's behind it.

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Forecast For National Weather Service Is Cloudy, With A Chance Of Budget Cuts

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:21:00 -0500

The Trump administration is looking to slash the National Weather Service's budget at a time when the service already has hundreds of unfilled positions — all while extreme weather is increasing. Now, meteorologists are speaking out, warning about being understaffed and the risks to keeping the public informed.

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German High Court Rules That Cities Can Ban Diesel Vehicles To Reduce Pollution

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:03:00 -0500

A high court in Germany says a city suffering from excessive air pollution can ban older diesel vehicles from its streets, if officials cannot find other ways to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to E.U.-mandated levels.

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The Underwater Damage Left Behind After Hurricanes

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:36 -0500

After hurricanes hit St. John hard last fall, the island's coral reefs were badly damaged. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine biologist Peter Edmunds of California State University Northridge.

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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:36 -0500

Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.

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French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:28:39 -0500

Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:08:02 -0500

Last summer's wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.

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