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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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Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

2/17/2018
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Professional skiers and resorts in Aspen face a problem this season: deal with patches of dirt caused by warmer temperatures or make the climate worse by making and moving artificial snow.

Duration:00:03:34

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

2/17/2018
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Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

Duration:00:04:47

Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

2/14/2018
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Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA's science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.

Duration:00:04:12

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

2/14/2018
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In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small businessmen banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agri-chemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

Duration:00:05:10

Virgin Islands National Park Is Still Trying To Recover From Hurricane Irma

2/9/2018
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The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John's has reopened but the staff is still assessing the damage to park buildings and the coral reefs. It's unclear how long it will take to remove sunken vessels and restore amenities to the park, that before the storms, received nearly a half million visitors a year.

Duration:00:04:00

California May Have A Way To Block Trump's Offshore Drilling Push

2/8/2018
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In the 1980's California towns used local zoning rules to block offshore oil and gas drilling. State lawmakers are considering a similar strategy to push back against the Trump administration.

Duration:00:03:49

Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

2/6/2018
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Dozens of cities are vowing to cut their carbon emissions and uphold the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate deal. Despite progress, many are falling short of their most ambitious goals.

Duration:00:04:21

Tea Farmer In India Leads Charge For Organic, Evades The Charge Of Elephants

2/6/2018
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In the biggest tea-producing region of India, hazards range from red spider mites to wild elephants. One brave grower faces them head on, all while spurring a movement to grow tea organically.

Duration:00:05:09

After Deadly Mudslides In California, Residents Are Trying To Plan For Next Time

2/5/2018
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Mudslides and debris flow in Southern California killed more than 20 people in January. Public safety officials say people in flow-prone areas throughout the western U.S. need to spend more time preparing for the possibility of these natural disasters.

Duration:00:04:07

The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up

2/4/2018
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Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes. But extracting that energy isn't easy.

Duration:00:03:51

Cape Town Copes With Water Crisis

2/4/2018
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The South African city of Cape Town is set to run out of water in April. NPR's Michel Martin talks to local business owner Nina Elvin-Jenson about how she's dealing with the water restrictions.

Duration:00:04:51

In The U.S. Virgin Islands, Health Care Remains In A Critical State

2/4/2018
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In September, two Category 5 hurricanes devastated the region. Now, its hospitals can no longer provide major surgery, cancer treatment or specialized care, forcing daily staff cuts and revenue loss.

Duration:00:03:53

South African Farmers Lose Crops And Workers Amid Crippling Drought

2/4/2018
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Agriculture generates hundreds of millions of dollars per year for this nation. But with water being diverted to Cape Town and expected to run out in April, farmers are preparing for the worst.

Duration:00:03:48

Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor? New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse

2/1/2018
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Many seafood lovers use the Monterey Bay Aquarium's ratings to choose sustainable fish. Now it has rolled out a tool to help corporations assess the risk of human trafficking in seafood supply chains.

Duration:00:03:39

South Africa's Cape Town Is Set To Run Out Of Water In April

1/30/2018
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The South African city of Cape Town is running out of water. On Day Zero — April 16 — the taps will get turned off. As that day approaches, residents are thirsty for answers.

Duration:00:03:53

EPA Chief Worried Trump Would Be 'Abusive To The Constitution'

1/30/2018
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In comments to a Tulsa radio host in February 2016, then Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he feared President Trump would use executive orders unconstitutionally if he were elected.

Duration:00:03:20

Why Low Snowfall In The Rockies Is Concerning For Western Water Managers

1/29/2018
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Record-low snowfall in some parts of the Rocky Mountains this winter isn't just bad for the ski industry. It's also a real problem for water managers throughout the West.

Duration:00:03:49

The Bargaining Chip At The Border

1/29/2018
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The president's promise to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. is moving forward.

Duration:00:48:00

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

1/27/2018
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Maybe honeybees get too much attention. They are agricultural animals, like sheep or cattle, and they sometimes make life harder for wild bees. In fact, the bees in true peril are the wild ones.

Duration:00:03:06

New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out of Africa

1/25/2018
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Scientists have discovered a part of a fossilized human skull that's around 180,000 years old. It is now the oldest human fossil outside of Africa.

Duration:00:03:05

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