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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: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:36 -0500

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The Underwater Damage Left Behind After Hurricanes

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:36 -0500

After hurricanes hit St. John's hard last fall, the island's coral reefs were badly damaged. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine biologist Peter Edmunds of California State University Northridge.

When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:36 -0500

Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.

French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:28:39 -0500

Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.

Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:08:02 -0500

Last summer's wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.

California Water Agency Officials Charged With Burying Hazardous Waste And Corruption

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:24:00 -0500

California's attorney general has charged former and current employees with illegally burying drums filled with toxic chemicals and using public money for personal items.

New Report Finds Climate Change Could Take A $1 Billion Bite From Winter Sports

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:12:00 -0500

As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:57:00 -0500

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe's oceans.

Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:47:00 -0500

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

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.

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.

In Pyeongchang, Trees Get Help To Resist The Wind

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:09:00 -0500

The wind roared in from Siberia, toppling concession stands and security scanners. These huge gusts led NPR's team to realize why so many trees in the area have elaborate support systems.

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.

Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:21:14 -0500

Professional skiers and resorts in Aspen face a problem this season: deal with patches of dirt caused by warmer temperatures or make the climate worse by making and moving artificial snow.

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.

$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:19 -0500

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.