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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: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:19:36 -0500

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'American Seafood' Author Recommends Putting 'Underloved' Fish On the Plate

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:19:36 -0500

Chef and sustainable seafood advocate Barton Seaver works to get people excited about fish. He says there are lots of species that are not endangered that we should be eating, like Hake.

For Alaskan Coastal Village Residents, Erosion Hits Home

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Melting permafrost and major storms are eating away at the coastal Alaskan village of Newtok. Residents are desperate to move, but the U.S. has no climate change relocation plan that could help them.

Tax Bill Would Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:36:00 -0500

The Republican tax bill includes a provision that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling. It's a blow to environmental groups, but many Alaskans hope the move will bring revenue to the state.

How To Survive Climate Change? Clues Are Buried In The Arctic

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:36:00 -0500

Climate change isn't new. Scientists are studying an ancient civilization in the Arctic to figure out how they survived climate change. The clues are buried in a secret, seaside neighborhood.

Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:05:25 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with Rep. Jerry McNerney, Democrat of California, about his new bill to research the effects and risks of "geoengineering" the planet as a way to fight climate change.

Post-María, A Key Ecosystem In Puerto Rico Faces Slow Recovery

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:00:07 -0500

El Yunque National Forest is a world-renowned research site and one of the U.S. territory's top tourist attractions. The hurricane hit the rainforest hard, and it remains closed until further notice.

Harvey Dumped Up To 127 Billion Tons Of Water On Texas

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

Scientists say they know the amount of rain that fell on Houston during Harvey through the pressure all that water put on the Earth's crust.

Cemeteries Turn To Swamps As Alaska's Permafrost Melts

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

A cemetery in rural Alaska that was built into the permanently frozen layer of soil is at risk now that the permafrost is melting.

'They'll All Be Gone': Video Of Starving Polar Bear Highlights Effects Of Melting Ice

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:00 -0500

After footage of a starving polar bear on land went viral, NPR's Scott Simon asked Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup how the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.

PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:00:07 -0500

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from the new book Endangered by Tim Flach.

Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

China's Import Policies Are Affecting U.S. Recycling Companies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

China is the biggest importer of U.S. recyclables, but recent policy changes by the country mean it may not be much longer.

After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:29:00 -0500

Even before Maria hit, most of the island's landfills were filled beyond capacity and nearly half had EPA closure orders. The storm generated millions of cubic yards of waste and debris.

How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Views Have Changed Under Trump

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

As a Montana politician, Ryan Zinke, had a reputation as a conservationist conservative. That's changed since he became Secretary of the Interior. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Outside Magazine's Elliott Woods about his profile: "Ryan Zinke Is Trump's Attack Dog on the Environment."

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:44:00 -0500

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.