NPR Environment Podcast
Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As...05/23/15
Workers continue to clean the coastline near Santa Barbara, where some 105,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled. Several pelicans, both dead and alive, have been found soaked in oil.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate
The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.
Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The...
The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds To Pipeline Operator's Dismal...
Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.
Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency To Aid In...
An estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline along the California coast near Santa Barbara. Crews are working to contain a 9 mile wide sheen in the Pacific Ocean.
New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal
Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.
Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama...
The White House's strategy to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.
Eyes In The Sky: Foam Drones Keep Watch On Rain Forest...
The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.
As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider...
Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.
They're Going Door To Door In The Amazon To See Why People...
In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in the midst of an extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.
Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's...
Seattle will be home port to a large Shell Oil Arctic drilling platform when it's not up in the Arctic Ocean. But the city and many residents aren't happy about it. The crowd chanted, "Shell No."
Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?
When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.
In Arctic Drilling Debate, A Dispute Over Cleanup...
Royal Dutch Shell can drill oil exploration wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea, if Shell shows it can prevent and clean up a potential spill. Environmentalists are skeptical; Shell says it's ready.
'Not On My Land': Southern Residents Fight Building Of...
Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline to carry oil and natural gas through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But smaller oil suppliers are also concerned about markets like Savannah, Georgia.
Calif. Bottled Water Plants Are Scrutinized During Severe...
Companies like Nestle are being eyed for how and where they're drawing the water. Steve Inskeep talks to Ian James, a reporter with The Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif.
Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing...
NPR's Melissa Block interviews Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about how the city managed to cut water usage by one-fifth while its population grew by 10 percent.
California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As...
Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water for millions more residents expected to live there in the future.
Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases
Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.
Shell Gets Interior Department's Ok To Drill Off Alaska's...
Conditions include plans to protect animal species and to prevent oil spills. The exploration will take place over multiple years in the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Siberia.
In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified...
Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.
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