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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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Episodes

The COP26 summit to fight climate change is about to start. Here's what to expect

10/25/2021
A major climate meeting is about to get underway in Glasgow, Scotland. It's a pivotal moment in the struggle against climate change. But it's taking place in the midst of political tensions.

Duration:00:04:28

Strategist calls for 'climate humanitarian visa,' as answer to Biden refugee report

10/24/2021
NPR's David Folkenflik speaks with Ama Francis, who works on climate displacement with the International Refugee Assistance Project, about the growing threat of climate migration.

Duration:00:07:10

Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

10/23/2021
The actor and author has a new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why walking in the woods makes him feel better and how to experience nature in a city.

Duration:00:08:51

U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year

10/22/2021
As the Biden administration prepares to negotiate reductions in fossil fuel use at the Glasgow climate summit at the end of the month, U.S. coal production is actually up significantly this year.

Duration:00:03:05

Scientists made a wooden steak knife that's 3 times sharper than a steel blade

10/20/2021
Researchers have hardened wood and fashioned a knife out of it. It's three times sharper than steel and can slice through steak, and could be a sustainable alternative.

Duration:00:03:12

In Spain, Seville hopes naming heat waves can save lives

10/19/2021
The mayor of Seville, Spain, has announced a new program — the world's first — to give official names to severe heat waves. The hope is that such a system will make people take them more seriously.

Duration:00:02:05

Virtual fences may help cows have less of an impact on climate change

10/19/2021
When cows overgraze it's bad for the soil and the climate. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying new technology to help avoid overgrazing: virtual fencing.

Duration:00:04:47

Fewer cars on the road during lockdowns was good news for frogs and salamanders

10/18/2021
Fewer cars were on the road during pandemic lockdowns. And for Maine's frogs and salamanders, that translated to far fewer roadkill deaths.

Duration:00:02:45

With Biden's climate plan in jeopardy, can America lead on climate change?

10/18/2021
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with environmental policy expert Leah Stokes about what the Democrats' spending plan can achieve on climate, with President Biden's clean electricity performance plan in limbo.

Duration:00:05:46

Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California

10/18/2021
California wants to limit the water that farmers can pump from depleted aquifers. To enforce those limits, regulators are turning to remote sensing satellites.

Duration:00:03:56

How the Amazon rainforest is faring under climate change

10/17/2021
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to climate scientist Antonio Nobre about how climate change is affecting the Amazon forest in Brazil.

Duration:00:06:43

To improve wildfire resistance, researchers look to beavers

10/16/2021
Last year Colorado saw the two largest wildfires in it's history, destroying hundreds of homes and 600 square miles of forest. Largely unbothered, though, are beavers, whose wet habitats offer refuge.

Duration:00:04:10

Will the offshore wind industry solve pay and environmental issues?

10/13/2021
Offshore wind is on the verge of becoming a major new industry in the U.S. There's a push to make sure it creates lots of good-paying union jobs.

Duration:00:07:17

Prince Charles' Aston Martin runs on a unique power source

10/12/2021
In 2008, Prince Charles asked engineers to convert his Aston Martin to run on something more environmentally friendly. They came up with a way to power a car that's fit for royalty: wine and cheese.

Duration:00:01:18

Catch limits imposed on menhaden have sparked a population rebound

10/12/2021
Along the Northeast coast, seals, whales and tuna feast on menhaden, fish that rebounded after regulators limited the catch. The oily fish are a foundation of coastal ecosystems from Florida to Maine.

Duration:00:04:13

Raising the price of fossil fuels to reflect the true social cost

10/11/2021
Researchers at the International Monetary Fund say trillions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies are making greenhouse-gas-producing fuels cheaper than they should be and making climate change worse.

Duration:00:04:43

An invasive plant is taking over the Kansas prairie. It may be too late to stop it

10/11/2021
In the land of the open prairie, an invasive plant is threatening to transform Kansas' grassland ecosystems into biodiversity wastelands. Researchers are running out of time to find ways to stop it.

Duration:00:04:15

Drought conditions force California wineries to change how they grow grapes

10/11/2021
A severe drought in California has meant lost crops for many wine country grape growers. But some are finding ways to adapt to the hot, dry conditions.

Duration:00:04:24

The impact of the California oil spill could have been worse for wildlife

10/11/2021
Wildlife is threatened after a pipeline leaked oil off the Southern California coast. NPR's A Martínez talks to Michael Ziccardi of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis, about rescue efforts.

Duration:00:05:11

Wetland area that was damage by California oil spill could take years to recover

10/10/2021
The wetlands damaged in southern California's oil spill had been restored decades ago, and are some of the last remaining in the area. Ecologists say damage from the recent spill will be long lasting.

Duration:00:04:58