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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: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Climate Scientists Struggle To Identify Cause Of Bigger Tornado Clusters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

Climate scientists say the conditions that might produce more or stronger tornadoes are spreading along with a warmer atmosphere. But there's no sign so far that this is happening. New research finds that when tornadoes occur in clusters, as they often do, those clusters contain more tornadoes than ever. And we're also seeing more clusters with especially powerful tornadoes.

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Texas, Oklahoma Divided Over How To Handle Earthquakes Linked To Oil Drilling

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:22:00 -0500

Oklahoma and Texas have been experiencing a rash of human-caused earthquakes. It happens when oil and gas wastewater gets pumped underground in the wrong places and disrupts faults. Oklahoma officials have cracked down on wastewater injection; Texas is apparently uninterested in doing much. That could mean a lot more quakes given that the country's biggest oil reservoir has just been discovered in west Texas.

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