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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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Native tribes celebrate Montana land ownership and bison range restoration

The 18,000-acre bison range is located on land taken away by the U.S. government 100 years ago. Congress passed a law in 2020 giving the land back to the local native tribes.


Ermias Kebreab: What do seaweed and cow burps have to do with climate change?

Each year, one cow can belch 220 pounds of the greenhouse gas methane. Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab experimented with alternative cow diets and found a surprising solution: seaweed.


Andrew Dent: How everyday materials can make innovative new products

Materials scientist Andrew Dent takes us on a tour of the "materials library" where companies can find existing materials to reuse in their products—from chewing gum, to fish scales, to cow manure.


Gay Gordon-Byrne: Why do big manufacturers prevent you from repairing your own stuff?

Manufacturers intentionally make their products hard to fix. Right-to-repair advocate Gay Gordon-Byrne fights for laws to stop companies from monopolizing repairs and let people fix their own stuff.


Foresters hope 'assisted migration' will preserve landscapes as the climate changes

Foresters responding to climate change are experimenting with planting trees in Vermont that typically are found further south. They hope the trees will survive hotter and drier conditions to come.


Is your house at risk of a wildfire? This online tool could tell you

Many people move without realizing the danger that wildfires pose to their new home. A new risk rating system could help buyers learn more on real estate sites.


A decline in flying bugs sounds good for humans, but it's bad for the environment

Scott Simon talks to Matt Shardlow of UK conservation group Buglife about the decline in flying invertebrates in the UK and how that could spell environmental disaster.


In Alaska, warmer days can bring catastrophic flooding as frozen rivers break up

Spring comes late to western Alaska and brings a mix of anxiety and anticipation. Citizen scientists use traditional knowledge to predict river breakup and flooding for dozens of remote communities.


A low-income energy-efficiency program gets $3.5B boost, but leaves out many in need

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act adds the funds over the next five years to help Americans save on energy their bills. But many of homes are in such poor condition they do not qualify.


California just ran on 100% renewable energy, but fossil fuels aren't fading away yet

California broke its record for renewable energy when solar and wind provided enough to meet all consumer demand. At the time, natural gas power plants were still on, a necessity for the grid.


Incandescent lightbulbs are on the way out. So which new lightbulb should you choose?

The Biden administration is phasing out incandescent lightbulbs. Here's how to pick a longer lasting and more energy-efficient option.


Solar projects are on hold as U.S. investigates whether China is skirting trade rules

A federal investigation of allegations that China is illegally avoiding duties on solar panels sold to U.S. companies is putting the brakes on the nation's solar power build-out.


Electric cars have been slow to catch on in Wyoming. Some hope that will change

The charging station network needed for electric cars will reach states like Wyoming last. It's sparsely populated and fighting to keep fossil fuels in America's energy mix.


Help pollinators (and get a break from mowing your lawn) by joining 'no mow May'

May is often the start of lawn-mowing season, but some cities are taking heed of bees' needs and asking homeowners to let clover, dandelions and other flowering plants grow in May.


New Mexico wildfire surges to cover over 100,000 acres

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with San Miguel county commissioner Max Trujillo about the latest news on fighting the Hermit's Peak wildfire.


A new Iron Curtain is eroding Norway's hard-won ties with Russia on Arctic issues

The countries share a border. Along the frontier, residents say a new barrier has disrupted everything from Arctic climate action and nuclear waste control to trade and cross-border sports leagues.


Texas stumbles in its effort to punish green financial firms

A new Texas law that penalizes financial institutions trying to go green is full of loopholes, and is straight up ignored. But other states are following Texas's punitive approach all the same.


Oyster reefs in Texas are disappearing. Fishermen there fear their jobs will too

Texas closed most public oyster reefs for harvesting, dealing a blow to the fishing industry. "It's taken a big toll on me," says Johny Jurisich, whose family has worked in the business for decades.


The Endangered Species Act is failing to protect a bumble bee, environmentalists say

The rusty patched bumble bee is endangered and losing some of its last habitat, an Illinois prairie. A multi-million dollar airport expansion is stalled because of a last-minutes sighting of the bees.


Encore: Tips and tricks to find your footing outdoors

Research has found that getting out into nature can lead to better health and boost your mood. There are ways to get comfortable with being outside. (This story first aired on ATC on April 23, 2022.)