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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: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:53:00 -0400

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:53:00 -0400

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:52:00 -0400

After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:39:00 -0400

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:35:49 -0400

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:20 -0400

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:30:15 -0400

Researchers looked at the combined effects of air, water and soil pollution on global health to come up with an annual toll.

How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:00 -0400

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

FEMA Looks To Hire 2,000 More People As It Responds To Long List Of Disasters

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is being stretched by the number of natural disasters this year. The agency has put out the help wanted sign as it responds to 22 disasters nationwide, including massive hurricanes in the south and now wildfires in the west.

How Fire Suppression Techniques Can Change As Wildfires Get Bigger

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Professor John Abatzoglou of the University of Idaho about how climate change and decades of aggressive fire suppression are making wildfires bigger and more likely.

After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:04:00 -0400

Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.

Enough Protection Already? The EPA Under President Trump

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:06:30 -0400

What if the head of the agency doesn't want to protect the environment?

In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:56:23 -0400

With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.

'The Day We've Dreamed Of Has Arrived': Napa County To Begin Wildfires Recovery

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:56:00 -0400

The Northern California wildfires killed at least 40 people and forced some 75,000 to evacuate. But Napa officials say firefighters have made enough progress for the county to switch to recovery mode.

More Destructive, Expensive, Dangerous: What's Ramping Up Wildfires?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:02:00 -0400

The author of Megafire: The Race To Extinguish A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, says a wet spring counterintuitively is feeding Western wildfires this year — and dangerous dry winds haven't peaked yet.