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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:09:00 -0400

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0400

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:23:32 -0400

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Teams of cooks are making dishes from food that many American consumers would overlook — or even consciously avoid — as part of a sustainability project aimed at reducing food waste in the U.S.

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:37:00 -0400

Citing a population rebound, the Interior Department has announced plans to strip the bear of federal protection. But some groups are skeptical, and they've signaled they're prepared to resist.

'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:11:00 -0400

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:25:00 -0400

States on the Gulf Coast are being hit with severe weather and floods as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland Thursday morning in Louisiana.

ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

As renewables make up a bigger share of the nation's energy grid, some worry about blackouts when the wind doesn't blow. But grid operators say they're getting better at balancing energy resources.

Portugal Wrests Control Over Wildfire That Killed More Than 60 People

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:58:00 -0400

Investigation into what ignited the wildfires, and why they proved so deadly, is just beginning. Some people want a ban on plantings of eucalyptus: a common tree that is extremely flammable.

Conservationists Try To Thwart Climate Change By Planting In Cold Spots

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

In the north woods of Minnesota, foresters are planting thousands of pine trees to try to protect them from climate change.

Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

In the past year, Chinese investment in Australia's overall agricultural sector has skyrocketed, from $300 million to $1 billion. It's all to feed the world's largest, fastest-growing consumer class.

How Your Sandwich Changed The World

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

What road did your lunch travel before it reached your plate? NPR's latest animated video follows a BLT from the fields where it began its journey.