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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: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:24:00 -0500

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Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:24:00 -0500

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

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California Aims To Get Past The Yuck Factor Of Recycled Wastewater

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

With the potential of another drought looming, California is looking at recycled wastewater as a source for drinking. Recycled water is California's single largest source of new water supplies.

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Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

The Trump administration could give companies permission to set off sonic explosions to explore for oil and gas deposits. Scientists say this could seriously harm marine life.

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:00 -0500

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

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Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:54:00 -0500

Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA's science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.

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These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:35:00 -0500

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small-business owners banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agrichemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

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Virgin Islands National Park Is Still Trying To Recover From Hurricane Irma

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:25:00 -0500

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John's has reopened but the staff is still assessing the damage to park buildings and the coral reefs. It's unclear how long it will take to remove sunken vessels and restore amenities to the park, that before the storms, received nearly a half million visitors a year.

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California May Have A Way To Block Trump's Offshore Drilling Push

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

In the 1980s, California towns used local zoning rules to block offshore oil and gas drilling. State lawmakers are considering a similar strategy to push back against the Trump administration.

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Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:23:00 -0500

Dozens of cities are vowing to cut their carbon emissions and uphold the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate deal. Despite progress, many are falling short of their most ambitious goals.

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Tea Farmer In India Leads Charge For Organic, Evades The Charge Of Elephants

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 04:55:00 -0500

In the biggest tea-producing region of India, hazards range from red spider mites to wild elephants. One brave grower faces them head on, all while spurring a movement to grow tea organically.

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After Deadly Mudslides In California, Residents Are Trying To Plan For Next Time

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:21:00 -0500

Mudslides and debris flow in Southern California killed more than 20 people in January. Public safety officials say people in flow-prone areas throughout the western U.S. need to spend more time preparing for the possibility of these natural disasters.

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Cape Town Copes With Water Crisis

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:08:56 -0500

The South African city of Cape Town is set to run out of water in April. NPR's Michel Martin talks to local business owner Nina Elvin-Jenson about how she's dealing with the water restrictions.

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South African Farmers Lose Crops And Workers Amid Crippling Drought

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:09:00 -0500

Agriculture generates hundreds of millions of dollars per year for this nation. But with water being diverted to Cape Town and expected to run out in April, farmers are preparing for the worst.

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