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'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:22:00 -0400

Dirt and rock now cover a third of a mile of the road known for its breathtaking views. And where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, aerial photos now show a rocky bulge into the Pacific.

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

Australian City Of Melbourne Finds Novel Way To Protect Its Trees

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:15:00 -0400

The city assigned every tree — tens of thousands of them — individual email addresses. If a tree is vandalized, or diseased, you report it with that email.

Norwegian Seed Vault Guarantees Crops Won't Become Extinct

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:34 -0400

Burrowed into the side of a mountain, on a Norwegian island deep in the Arctic, is the Global Seed Vault, a small building where vital seed varieties are kept in a deep freeze year round.

In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:44:00 -0400

For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.

Why Do Journalists Love Reporting On The Everglades?

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:18 -0400

The Florida Everglades is known for its beauty, and recently for its pythons. Efforts are accelerating to rid the ecosystem of the pesky invasive species. It's a huge story ... for journalists.

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:38:00 -0400

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:32:00 -0400

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:28:00 -0400

Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.

Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?

Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

Many Of California's Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:00:00 -0400

Climate change, dams and agriculture are threatening Chinook salmon, the iconic fish at the core of the state's fishing industry, a report predicts. And 23 other fish species are also at risk.

A Tale Of Four Famines

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Climate and conflict have left millions with little to no access to food in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.

Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:30:00 -0400

The nuclear industry is struggling with aging plants and competition from cheaper natural gas. Now, touting itself as another form of "clean" energy, it's lobbying state lawmakers for help.