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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: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:45:00 -0400

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:45:00 -0400

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory Tusks Lives On

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:18:19 -0400

Last year China banned the sale of commercial elephant ivory. But that's led to another illicit trade — in woolly mammoth tusks — that is having a severe impact on Siberia's permafrost.

Scientists Move To Establish Wildlife Preserve At Guantanamo Bay

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

In the 15 years since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was established to house suspected terrorists, a green buffer surrounding the facility to keep out the world has reverted back to the wild. Now some scientists would like to turn it into a protected research area.

Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:01:00 -0400

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:37:00 -0400

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:47:00 -0400

There is no greater source for science, for the inspiration to do science, than the wild; that is where the sense of sacredness at the root of science's aspiration lives, says blogger Adam Frank.

Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.

Trump Administration Takes Key Step To Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:28:53 -0400

The Trump administration has opened a 45-day comment period ahead of proposed changes to Obama-era EPA rules for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:41:00 -0400

A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:33:16 -0400

"In the winter, the sea attacks us," a fisherman says. "We are afraid the village will sink into the sea." The World Bank says Egypt is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change's effects.

People In Nepal Used To Think Vultures Were Bad Luck. Not Anymore

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:00:17 -0400

The number of vultures in South Asia has plummeted. But "restaurants" to feed rescued chicks and wild vultures are good for the birds — and for the local economy.

Calif. Communities Impacted By Rising Seas File Climate Suit

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

Two California counties and the city of Imperial Beach filed a tobacco-style lawsuit against oil, gas and coal companies alleging they knew about climate change and misled the public.

Trump's EPA Has Rolled Back Dozens Of Environmental Regulations

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:00 -0400

Some Environmental Protection Agency employees have left under President Trump. NPR's Scott Simon talks with former Administrator of the EPA Gina McCarthy about recent policy changes.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:06:30 -0400

We're in New Orleans for the Friday News Round Up: a city that's dealing with serious flooding, and a widening scandal at city hall.