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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, 27 Sep 2016 16:52:00 -0400

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92 Percent Of The World's Population Breathes Substandard Air, WHO Says

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:52:00 -0400

The pollution levels have a staggering impact on health, according to the report, which says: "In 2012, one out of every nine deaths was the result of air pollution-related conditions."



It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:28:00 -0400

It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But researchers at MIT have found otherwise.



Teaching Middle-Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:03:00 -0400

One science teacher in Miami knows how sea-level rise could affect her students' lives when they are her age. She is determined to teach them to take that seriously, with optimism.



Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Obama Power-Plant Emissions Rule

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

A key piece of the Obama administration's efforts to cut back on carbon emissions faces a test in court on Tuesday. An appeals court is hearing arguments on regulations announced last year.



West Virginia Attorney General, A Champion For Fossil Fuel Interests

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:38:00 -0400

More than two dozen state attorneys general are challenging President Obama's proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. West Virginia's Patrick Morissey is leading the fight.



PHOTOS: Dreamlike Pictures Of The Water The World Needs

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Photographer Mustafa Abdulaziz has spent four years documenting the world's water woes. His "Water Stories" are now on display by New York's East River.



As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:00 -0400

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.



If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.



Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:24:00 -0400

In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests.



Reporter's Notebook: Pregnant And Caught In Zika Test Limbo

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:40:00 -0400

Pregnant women in South Florida can get free Zika tests through the state's health department. But delays in getting back the results are heightening worries and may affect medical options.



UN Secretary General Pushes Climate Change Agreement Before Next Administration

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:49:00 -0400

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is working to wring commitments out of 55 nations to ratify the Paris Climate Change treaty.



EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Likely Doesn't Cause Cancer

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:49:00 -0400

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, probably does not cause cancer. The chemical has been under intense international scrutiny.



Chemicals In Drinking Water Prompt Inspections Of U.S. Military Bases

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

Synthetic chemicals have been found in Colorado water supplies. The Pentagon is examining hundreds of military sites for possible contamination by PFCs, which have been linked to health problems.



Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:22:00 -0400

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone" and "a deep sea Serengeti."



Mystery Of White Trees Among California's Redwoods May Be Solved

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:11:00 -0400

Albino redwoods are white because of a genetic mutation. A researcher in California thinks he might have figured out what purpose the trees serve in the forest.