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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: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:14:24 -0400

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:14:24 -0400

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.

PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:31:00 -0400

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.

Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:09 -0400

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

The Costs Of Fighting Wildfires In Montana

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:11:00 -0400

A massive wildfire is burning in Montana. But the money needed to fight the fires is becoming an issue.

U.K. To Ban Diesel And Gas Cars In 2040

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:11:00 -0400

In an effort to improve air quality, the U.K. government is set to ban the sale of all diesel and gas cars and vans starting in 2040.

Calif. Lawmakers Extend Cap-And-Trade Program Through 2030

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

David Greene talks to Gov. Jerry Brown about the program which sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions while issuing permits for emission of pollutants which companies can sell.

A New Study Shows The Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:18:00 -0400

Sick of your crowded neighborhood pool? A new study shows there might be quite a bit of water on a more isolated place — the moon.

Inside The Global Seed Vault, Where The History And Future Of Agriculture Is Stored

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:48 -0400

Seeds on Ice author Cary Fowler describes the underground tunnel near the North Pole, which stores and protects a collection of 933,000 samples of different, unique crop varieties.

Despite Climate Change Setbacks, Al Gore 'Comes Down On The Side Of Hope'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:44:00 -0400

Even though President Trump promised to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Al Gore still sees an "excellent chance" of meeting the accord's commitments to reduce global warming.

Researchers Map More Of The Ocean Floor In Search For Missing Plane

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did not turn up a plane, but it did uncover a detailed view of the ocean floor — volcanoes, shipwrecks, and mountains to rival Mount Everest.

As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:00 -0400

Nomadic herders in Kenya's northwest are having to move farther afield as sustained drought fundamentally changes the landscape. The result: no grasses for their herds.

Sharing Resources Across Countries To Fight Wildfires

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:14 -0400

Fires are burning in British Columbia. Scott Simon talks to Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, a program that shares firefighters with other countries.

To Shrink Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:25:00 -0400

Scientists plan to release millions of sterile, male bacteria-infected mosquitoes in California, to breed with wild females. They're hoping for a "steep decline" in the species that carries Zika.

World Faces Global Sand Shortage

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The world is running out of sand. So much so that some countries have banned exports of sand, and there is a thriving black market for it. David Greene talks to freelance journalist Vince Beiser.

Al Gore: Climate Change Issue Will Be A 'Much Bigger Political Plus' For Democrats

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Former Vice President Al Gore tells NPR the partisan divide over climate change is fading. Politicians, he says, are told by their pollsters to focus on other issues, but "that's changing."