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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.

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:50:00 -0400

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:00 -0400

Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change.

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:46:00 -0400

A rainy winter has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:32:00 -0400

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.

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Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

President Trump announced he is reopening review of car fuel efficiency standards at a rally Wednesday in Michigan. But his claims that the standards are hurting the auto industry's bottom line come at a time when carmakers are enjoying record profits.

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EPA Reopens U.S. Rules Setting Vehicle Efficiency Standards For 2025

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:37:00 -0400

U.S. automakers may not have to reach fuel efficiency standards that were set during the Obama administration, which had set a target of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year.

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EPA's Chief Environmental Justice Official Steps Down

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:16:00 -0400

One of the EPA programs the administration may eliminate is the office of Environmental Justice, according to The Washington Post. Steve Inskeep talks to Mustafa Ali, who helped found the office.

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Activists Work To Preserve Government Environmental Data

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:29:43 -0500

Scott Simon talks with historian Matt Price, whose group holds "hack-a-thons" to preserve scientific information. Activists fear environmental data will be harder to find under the new administration.

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Proposed Border Wall Would Affect Many Endangered Species

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:29:43 -0500

A border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would run thousands of miles along an ecologically diverse region. Environmentalists say it would cause major harm to wildlife and their habitat.

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