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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: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:06:00 -0500

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Environmental Groups Say California's Climate Program Has Not Helped Them

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:06:00 -0500

California's signature climate plan is under attack from environmental justice groups. Some say the cap-and-trade program hasn't done anything to clean up the air in low-income communities.

PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:53:00 -0500

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:03:00 -0500

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.

Floods In San Jose Push 14,000 People Out Of Their Homes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:18:00 -0500

Residents were ordered to evacuate overnight after creeks and reservoirs flooded, and won't be allowed home for at least another day.

Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

For Islanders In Lake Superior, Warmer Winters Mean They Can't Drive

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:06:00 -0500

A warmer climate is melting an ice road on Lake Superior that usually forms in the winter. But increasingly, the ferry connecting an island on the lake with the mainland must run year-round.

New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.

The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:43:00 -0500

China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that's proved challenging.

Scientists Use Flying Laboratory To Track Greenhouse Gases

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:11:00 -0500

A team of scientists is flying the globe to track greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We join a crew over the Arctic as they measure things they say computer models could never pick up.

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:43:00 -0500

Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To Climate Change

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Scott Pruitt is promising an aggressive rollback of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR takes a look at what he's likely to target and the challenges he will face.