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Humans and dolphins work together to fish in southern Brazilian city, ecologist says

2/1/2023
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Mauricio Cantor, behavioral ecologist at Oregon State University, about his study on how humans and dolphins work together to fish in a southern Brazilian city.

Duration:00:04:18

How 'modern-day slavery' in the Congo powers the rechargeable battery economy

2/1/2023
Phone and electric car batteries are made with cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt Red author Siddharth Kara describes the conditions for workers as a "horror show."

Duration:00:36:52

California opposes the water use plan between the states that share Colorado River

1/31/2023
The seven states that share the Colorado River are moving forward in the face of cutbacks announced Tuesday.

Duration:00:03:55

7 states on the Colorado River have to collectively agree on water cutbacks

1/30/2023
The seven states that share the Colorado River have until Tuesday to agree to voluntary water cutbacks, or have federal cuts imposed on them.

Duration:00:03:56

How forest guards in Liberia protect the sacred rainforests

1/29/2023
In Liberia forest guardians are making their small, but vital contribution to the protection of the rainforests - sacred in many parts of this corner of West Africa.

Duration:00:03:03

Some hope the EPA will veto Pebble Mine, a project that has long divided SW Alaska

1/26/2023
The EPA is expected to make a final decision this month on the controversial Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. Many residents fear the proposed giant copper and gold mine would harm wild salmon runs.

Duration:00:03:55

How ancient seeds from the Fertile Crescent could help save us from climate change

1/25/2023
Some of the tens of thousands of seeds stored at a facility in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley may hold keys to helping the planet's food supply adapt to climate change. Many seeds were saved from Syria's war.

Duration:00:06:42

The FDA proposes new targets to limit lead in baby food

1/25/2023
Toxic metal can be harmful to developing brains. New lead targets are part of a broad FDA imitative to reduce children's exposure to the lowest levels possible.

Duration:00:02:09

Biden's offshore wind plan could create thousands of jobs, but challenges remain

1/24/2023
When President Biden talks about tackling climate change, he talks about economic opportunities. Offshore wind promises to provide many opportunities, but it's not for everyone.

Duration:00:03:46

Why heavy winter rain and snow won't be enough to pull the West out of a megadrought

1/22/2023
This winter could provide some relief for parched reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin, but climate scientists warn that the severe drought won't end with one wet season.

Duration:00:04:24

Melting ice is forcing polar bears on land. Polar bear patrols can help

1/22/2023
As climate change warms up the planet, polar bears are pushed closer to human habitats, leading to dangerous interactions. Polar bear patrol programs help protect both the bears and humans.

Duration:00:01:31

Yeah, actually, your plastic coffee pod may not be great for the climate

1/21/2023
Across social media, headlines this week said that single use coffee pods may be more climate friendly than other ways of making coffee. That may not be the case, based on the science.

Duration:00:04:02

Are single-use coffee pods really more environmentally friendly?

1/21/2023
A story raced through the media this week, stating that single-use pods may be more environmentally friendly than other ways of preparing coffee. We wondered, is that really true?

Duration:00:04:02

This snowplow driver just started his own service. But warmer winters threaten it

1/20/2023
Winter is the fastest warming season across the U.S. and New England's winters are no exception. A snowplow driver in New Hampshire reflects on what climate change means.

Duration:00:03:23

Saving what's left of the underground water used for large-scale farms in west Kansas

1/17/2023
Decades of large scale crop irrigation now means big water problems in drought-stricken areas like western Kansas.

Duration:00:04:43

Rainstorms helped California's drought conditions, but there's further to go

1/16/2023
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University on what California needs to end their drought.

Duration:00:04:21

'Beaverland' author deep dives into how beavers shaped America

1/14/2023
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with environmental journalist Leila Philip about her new book, Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.

Duration:00:07:42

EVs are expensive. These city commuters ditched cars altogether — for e-bikes

1/14/2023
Electric cars can help reduce climate change, but they are costly. Some commuters in the city say e-bikes are the best way to get around.

Duration:00:07:34

Storms in the Bay Area have unleashed millions of gallons of untreated sewage water

1/14/2023
The massive storms in California have overwhelmed the San Francisco Bay area's sewage systems. Millions of gallons of untreated wastewater are pouring through streets and into the bay.

Duration:00:04:21

Federal climate forecasts could help prepare for extreme rain. But it's years away

1/13/2023
Thanks to a new federal law, cities will get better forecasts about how climate change intensifies rainstorms. Still, it won't be in time for billions of dollars of federal infrastructure spending.

Duration:00:04:36