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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.

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.


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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.




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How To Stay Safe In The West Coast's Sweltering Heat Waves

As a sweltering heat wave hits much of the West Coast, NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dr. Kristina Dahl from the Union of Concerned Scientists about the health risks of exposure to extreme heat.


Brothers Set Yosemite's Record For Longest Sky-High Walk

Highline walkers set a new record by stepping more than half a mile across a gaping void in Yosemite National Park, balanced on a strip of nylon webbing.


As Seagrass Habitats Decline, Florida Manatees Are Dying Of Starvation

The mammals were removed from the endangered species list in 2017, but algae blooms and overdevelopment have killed 46,000 acres of seagrass, leaving manatees without enough to eat.


The White House Wants To Fight Climate Change And Help People. Cleveland Led The Way

The White House wants to fight climate change in ways that also remove economic and racial disparities. The city of Cleveland has a plan that describes what that might mean.


Extreme Drought Hits Farmers Hard In Central Oregon County

An historic drought is hitting the western U.S. Phil Chang, a commissioner for Deschutes County, Oregon tells NPR's Sarah McCammon about how his community is coping.


How Congress' Hydrofluorocarbon Legislation Will Affect Your Groceries

Over the next 15 years, the U.S. is set to slash the use of powerful greenhouse gases used in refrigerants. That means changes to your grocery store, a switch that's already underway in California.


Coastal Weather Station Demolished Before It Could Fall Into The Ocean

After a half century, a Cape Cod weather station is being demolished before it falls into the ocean. It's among many structures threatened by stronger storms and rising seas fueled by climate change.


Indigenous Activist On Why Groups Are Protesting The Line 3 Pipeline In Minnesota

NPR's Audie Cornish chats with attorney and indigenous rights activist Tara Houska about protests against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota.


Extreme Heat In The West To Send Temps To Triple Digits, Worsen Drought

Excessive heat warnings are in effect across the West, where temperatures will hit the triple digits — a signal that climate change and lengthening summers pose serious problems for the region.


Turkey Racing To Combat 'Snot' In Sea Of Marmara

Turkey is rushing to combat a pollution-caused muck in the Sea of Marmara that's growing across the seabed and excretes a foul mucus on the water's surface.


China Wants To Go Carbon-Neutral — And Won't Stop Burning Coal To Get There

This year, China pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2060. It has invested heavily in solar, wind and nuclear energy. Still, coal-fired heavy industry made up 37% of its economic activity last year.


Coming Soon To An Atlas Near You: A Fifth Ocean

National Geographic has recognized the Southern Ocean as the fifth official ocean. The cartographic update doesn't surprise researchers who study the importance of the waters surrounding Antarctica.


Mandë Holford: Could Snail Venom Someday Save Your Life?

Cone snails are deadly sea predators; their venom can kill fish and even humans. But chemical biologist Mandë Holford says that powerful venom can actually be used for good — to treat human diseases.


Marah Hardt: What Can We Learn From The Sex Lives Of Fish?

Marine biologist Marah Hardt is fascinated with the mating habits of marine life. If we want to save the oceans, she says we have to understand the weird and whimsical sex that helps populate it.


Catherine Mohr: A Love Story... That Begins With A Sea Urchin

Catherine Mohr shares the story of a scuba diving trip gone wrong, where getting stabbed by a sea urchin transformed her relationship with the ocean... and ultimately led her to the love of her life.


2 Artists Want G-7 Leaders To End E-Waste. So They Sculpted Them Out Of Trash

Made of circuit boards and smartphones, a giant sculpture of the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations is greeting them at a summit in England. The creators want to raise awareness about e-waste.


News Brief: Biden Trip, Keystone XL Pipeline, Tribal Jails Probe

President Biden meets on Thursday with Britain's prime minister. The company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline terminates the project. Deaths in tribal jails put spotlight on a system of neglect.


Keystone XL Pipeline Developer Cancels Project, Ending Decade-Long Battle

The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has abandoned the project after President Biden revoked a permit. It was a major flashpoint in the debate over fossil fuels' role in climate change.


A Group Of Gray Whales Survives Die-Off With An Annual Detour To Puget Sound

This group of gray whales seems to have figured out a new feeding strategy. To fatten up as they migrate from Baja to the Arctic, they take a detour to Puget Sound.


The Drought In The Western U.S. Is Getting Bad. Climate Change Is Making It Worse

A record dry year is creating extreme drought in the West. But even if it rains, climate change will continue to shrink the water supply for millions of people.