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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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What's the environmental impact each time we hit 'buy now,' and can we change course?

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author J.B. MacKinnon about the impact of American consumerism on the environment, and how pulling back could positively affect the planet.


Climate change is blamed for dramatic flooding in British Columbia

British Columbia, devastated by wildfires last summer, is now coping with severe flooding — both dramatic examples of the impact of climate change.


Invasive green crabs are threatening local species. The solution? Eat them

Invasive green crabs are harming habitats in the pacific northwest. A solution? Researchers say catch 'em and eat 'em. Scott Simon talks with marine scientist Shon Schooler.


The butterflies are back! Annual migration of monarchs shows highest numbers in years

The annual winter monarch butterfly migration, which has seen steep declines in recent years, seems to be making a comeback. Biologists are encouraged and confused by the trend.


Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup

While high gas prices have pushed President Biden to tap into the US's strategic oil reserves, America's neighbor to the north is also dealing with a shortage of another so-called "liquid gold".


Intense wildfires have killed up to 1/5 of the earth's largest trees

Recent wildfires in California have highlighted the fragility of giant sequoias. The National Park Service says many were killed or badly hurt earlier this year during a blaze.


Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

The largest water utility in Iowa is sounding alarms that it won't be able to keep up with cleaning the water for more than 600,000 customers as extreme weather swings become more common.


As a sea of lava destroys livelihoods on La Palma, it also offers a lifeline

The lava and ash the Cumbre Vieja volcano has spewed for two months have consumed homes and forced thousands to flee. However, the rock formed by the lava will ultimately save the island from the sea.


Amazon birds are shrinking as the climate warms, prompting warning from scientists

A new study examined 77 bird species in the Amazon over a 40-year period. It found they were rapidly evolving due to rising temperatures because smaller birds shed heat more efficiently.


In drought-plagued New Mexico, farmer places high hopes in infrastructure bill

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Greg Daviet, a pecan farmer in Las Cruces, N.M., about how the infrastructure plan passed by Congress may affect his business.


Growers are working to make our coffee habit more sustainable

Experts say the way we cultivate and grow coffee isn't sustainable. Some coffee growers are hoping to change that.


Birds in the Amazon have been shrinking. Here's why scientists think it's happening

Over the last four decades, birds in the Amazon have been shrinking — and scientists believe their smaller bodies may be a response to hotter, drier weather brought by climate change.


U.S. and China announce surprise climate agreement at COP26 summit

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told NPR the declaration spurs mutual accountability. "I'm absolutely convinced that that is the fastest, best way to get China to move from where it is today," he said.


For Brianna Fruean, the smell of mud drives home the need for climate action

Many island nations have the most to lose when it comes to the climate crisis. But at the COP26 U.N. climate summit, they insist they aren't victims, they're warriors.


Burning wood pellets isn't the 'clean energy' it claims to be, critics say

There's a big market sending U.S. wood pellets to Europe to burn as clean energy. But critics say they're not climate-friendly, and their production poses a health hazard for low-income communities.


Uganda's Vanessa Nakate says COP26 sidelines nations most affected by climate change

Nakate spoke with NPR about the role gender plays in climate activism, whether the COP26 summit feels inclusive and her advice for other youth who feel they can't affect change in the climate crisis.


Extra-high tides offer a glimpse into the future as sea level rises

Coastal communities are experiencing more flooding at extreme high tides. Merchants in North Kingston, R.I., say it's going to cost a lot of money to keep the water at bay.


This Kenyan family got solar power. High-level climate talks determine who else will

Last month, the Muisyo family turned on the lights for the first time thanks to climate financing from rich countries. But the fund is falling short of its $100 billion goal to help poor countries.


Indigenous activists are united in a cause and are making themselves heard at COP26

Indigenous activists from around the world are in Glasgow for COP26, but say the same legacy of colonialism that has led to climate-related losses has impacted their access to the conference.


News brief: Jan. 6 subpoenas, Supreme Court preview, India's climate challenge

The Jan. 6 House panel issues more subpoenas for ex-Trump officials. A look at two cases before the Supreme Court Tuesday. And, India's rapid development has left it with many environmental issues.