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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, 22 Mar 2018 17:41:42 -0400

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The Trash Patch In The Pacific Is Many Times Bigger Than We Thought

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:41:42 -0400

In total, scientists say there are about 79,000 tons of plastic in this area, which is more than double the size of Texas.

WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:25:00 -0400

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

Decline In Hunters Threatens How U.S. Pays For Conservation

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:31:00 -0400

The steady drop is expected to accelerate in coming years, threatening the much-lauded model through which the U.S. has paid for conservation.

After Years Of Violence, Chef Offers Colombian Farmers Pride And Profit

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:15:00 -0400

A food activist aims to show the value of traditional agriculture to rural, mainly indigenous people and transform the way they plant, sell and prepare their goods — as well as capture the global eye.

Is Geoengineering A Solution To Climate Change?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:06:30 -0400

We got ourselves into this, and some researchers have a plan for getting ourselves out.

Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:00:41 -0400

The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.

'Keep It In The Ground' Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The U.S. is producing more oil than ever, even as calls to leave all fossil fuels in the ground grow louder. Now the "keep it in the ground" movement is taking its fight to the heart of oil country.

FEMA Drops 'Climate Change' From Its Strategic Plan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:49:42 -0400

The agency's strategic planning document does not mention the potential impact of a changing climate on the rising risk of natural hazards.

Scientists Are Amazed By Stone Age Tools They Dug Up In Kenya

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:00 -0400

The discovery suggests an earlier start to the Middle Stone Age in Africa than previously documented. It also offers clues to early social networks and symbolic art by human ancestors.

VIDEO: We Went Foraging For Winter's Wild Edibles

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:00:12 -0400

People might not think of winter as a fruitful season for foraging wild edibles, but nutritionist and expert forager Debbie Naha says there's actually a lot out there that you can find year-round.

Marine Biologist Studies Climate's Effects On Adelie Penguins

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:02:00 -0400

The Antarctica peninsula is shrinking as global temperatures rise. David Greene talks to scientist James McClintock about why warm weather is killing off penguin populations.

Bye, Bye Birdies?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:18:35 -0400

It's the 100th anniversary of one of the nation's first environmental laws, which protects migratory birds.

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:00:06 -0400

Historical photos show fishermen with chinooks almost as tall as they are. A century's worth of dam-building, overfishing, habitat loss and hatcheries has cut the size of the average fish in half.

Getting Climate Change Right: In Light Of The Stars

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:52:00 -0500

When it comes to facing global warming, dealing with climate change and making informed choices for our cherished "project of civilization," we've been asking the wrong question, says Adam Frank.

In The Recycling World, Why Are Some Cartons Such A Problem?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:05 -0500

Because of layers of material that can be difficult to separate, many containers for juices and broths have traditionally been destined for landfills. But recycling them is getting easier.