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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, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

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The National Parks And Ryan Zinke

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Elliott Woods, whose profile of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just appeared in Outside magazine.

U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:16:00 -0500

The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.

Night Became Day In Detroit As Meteor Lit Up Sky

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

A meteor streaked over southeast Michigan Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom so loud it shook houses. After seeing the spectacle in the night sky, thousands of people took to social media to share what they witnessed.

Nearly All Of The National Park System Advisory Board Has Resigned

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, who has resigned from the National Park System Advisory Board. He, along with eight others, have said that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to meet with the board once since being confirmed last March.

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:22 -0500

Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.

Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns, Citing Administration Indifference

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:42:00 -0500

The chairman of the board, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, said in a letter that the Department of the Interior showed no interest in engaging with board members.

Like Florida, Maryland Wants To Be Exempt From Offshore Drilling

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Now that the Trump administration has excluded Florida from its offshore drilling proposal, other places want the same. They're making their case as the public comment period gets underway.

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:43:00 -0500

The law that requires America to turn some of its soybeans into diesel fuel for trucks has created a new industry. But it's costing American consumers about $5 billion each year.

Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

January is one of the coldest months out West. Three towns in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming have historically claimed the title of "Ice Box of the Nation." But, there can only be one. International Falls, Minn., did legally secure the title in 2008, but the other two towns still unofficially claim it.

In California, Santa Barbara Community Holds Vigil For Mudslide Victims

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

A vigil was held Sunday night in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the 20 victims who were killed in devastating mudslides last week.

Rescues Continue In California Mudslide Zones

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:47:38 -0500

Search and rescue operations in Southern California continue for people still missing after this week's massive mudslides and debris flow. Many areas are still unreachable in Santa Barbara County.

Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:54:07 -0500

A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.

California Woman Shares Story Of Mudslide Survival

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:16:50 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Rita Bourbon, who survived the California mudslides in her home, but sadly found her neighbor's body in her backyard.

It's Becoming Increasingly Hard For California Homeowners To Get Insurance

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Insurance companies are increasingly dropping homeowners in California because of wildfire risk. There's concern the problem will grow worse after this year's destructive fire season.

Southern California Hillsides Remain Vulnerable After Deadly Mudslides

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:47:02 -0500

Deadly mudslides occured in Santa Barbara County, Calif., after heavy rain pushed debris down fire-scarred hillsides. If it rains again, more debris could be swept down the mountains.