NPR Environment Podcast
Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer...07/30/15
Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.
AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De...
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs
Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.
Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible
The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.
Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great...
Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In...
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with KUCB reporter John Ryan about how protesters are trying to block Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic by keeping a Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Ore.
California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly...
In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.
Crews Scramble To Contain 3,000-Acre Fire In Glacier...
The more than 3,000-acre fire in Glacier National Park in Montana is forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire comes at peak tourist season for park area businesses.
Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less...
Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen...
As millions of acres of forests burn across the state this summer, there's growing concern about what impact that might have on permafrost — and how melting permafrost might affect climate change.
As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety
Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.
Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged...
A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.
In The Heat Of The Moment, Drones Are Getting In The Way...
At least five times this summer, firefighting pilots have been grounded because of drones nearby. With wildfires blazing, officials are trying to figure out the best way to save space in the sky.
Amid Stark Realities, How Do Climate Scientists 'Stay...
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with John H. Richardson about his recent Esquire piece, "When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job."
'New Yorker' Article Sparks Upsurge In Earthquake Survival...
After a frightening article a few weeks ago in The New Yorker magazine about a potentially devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, there's been a run on survival supplies there. NPR talks to the maker of survival kits about his business.
In Drier Washington State, Fire Chiefs Say Wildfires Could...
The state is grappling with the growing phenomenon of the "urban wildfire." That's when blazes that ignite in forests spread rapidly into recently built subdivisions and whole towns.
A Strengthening El Nino Could Mean Wet Winter On The West...
NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, about a strengthening El Nino season.
Los Angeles Angels Experience First Rainout At Home In 20...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were supposed to play the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. Instead, the Angels experienced their first rainout at a home game in 20 years.
In Lake Mead, Lower Water Levels Make Exploring B-29...
The reservoir outside Las Vegas is home to the wreck of a B-29 bomber that crashed in 1948. The region's drought has lowered water levels so much that scuba divers can now explore the wreck.
As California Drought Wears On, LA Starts To Lose Its Trees
California's drought and mandatory conservation measures are taking a toll on Los Angeles' green spaces. First to go were lawns, and now people are not watering their trees.
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