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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: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:06:30 -0500

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Protecting Elephants: Trophy Kills And The Trump Administration

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:06:30 -0500

A protective ban on importing the spoils of trophy hunting is under review.

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:00 -0500

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:47:39 -0500

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:44:40 -0500

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:55:40 -0500

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.

How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:54:00 -0500

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.

To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:14 -0500

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.

Senate May Approve Drilling In Alaskan Wilderness With Tax Bill

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:01:02 -0500

The Republican push to pass a major tax overhaul may also include another long-held GOP goal — opening up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.

Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:29:00 -0500

The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.

EPA Moves To Shield Older Semi Truck Engines In 'Gliders' From Emissions Rules

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:37:00 -0500

A new rule would cover "glider vehicles" — made by combining a new truck body with a salvaged diesel engine. The EPA says it sees them differently now than it did under the Obama administration.

As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.

'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.

Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.