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California Pushes Back On Trump Administration Over Emissions Standards

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 12:49pm

The Trump administration is rescinding California's authority to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. State leaders are vowing to fight the move.

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California AG Discusses Fuel Standards Fight With Trump Administration

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 12:49pm

Audie Cornish talks to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra about President Trump moving to revoke his state's ability to set auto emissions standards stricter than federal requirements.

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The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up, As EPA Permit Looms

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 12:29pm

Advocates say farmed seafood is more sustainable than wild-caught. Critics say these farms pollute surrounding waters. Federal waters have been off-limits to aquaculture, but that may soon change.

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Foresight 2020: Senator Amy Klobuchar

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 7:20am

The Midwestern Democrat is leaning heavily into pragmatism ahead of the primary.

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Bolivia Is Fighting Major Forest Fires Nearly As Large As In Brazil

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 7:04am

Firefighters, troops and volunteers have been working for the past two months to put out some of the worst blazes in the country's recent history.

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Trump Administration To Revoke California's Power Over Car Emissions

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 2:07am

NPR's David Green talks to law professor Jody Freeman, who is an ex-Obama staffer, about the expectation that the administration will revoke California's ability to set tighter environmental rules.

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News Brief: Intelligence On Iran, Israeli Election, Emissions Standards

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 2:07am

U.S. satellites said to have detected Iran readying drones before a Saudi oil facility was attacked. Israel's election is too close to call. California to lose waiver to set environmental standards.

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Trump Says California's Ability To Set Its Own Emissions Standards Will Be Revoked

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 1:53am

The end of the state's Obama-era waiver is seen by many as the latest move to undo a years-long push to produce more fuel efficient cars.

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Using AI In Malawi To Save Elephants

Tue, 2019/09/17 - 1:29pm

Poachers killed almost a third of the African elephant population between 2007 and 2014, a recent census found. Researchers hope artificial intelligence can help stop poachers and other threats, too.

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Vineyards Facing An Insect Invasion May Turn To Aliens For Help

Mon, 2019/09/16 - 11:50am

A stowaway from China, the spotted lanternfly, is eating its way across Pennsylvania, killing trees and grapevines. Scientists are considering importing the bug's natural enemies from back home.

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A Fire Lookout On What's Lost In A Transition To Technology

Sun, 2019/09/15 - 3:00am

The number of manned fire lookouts in the U.S. is dwindling, as technology is increasingly used to spot and monitor wildfires. But can technology replace a human watch?

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Alaska Villages Run Dry And Residents Worry About A 'Future Of No Water'

Sat, 2019/09/14 - 4:59am

The remote community of Nanwalek on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Now, it's running out of water because of a lack of rainfall and low snowpack.

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Indigenous Brazilians Come Together To Defend Amazon Forest Against Fires

Fri, 2019/09/13 - 2:33pm

Indigenous Brazilians are joining forces to defend the Amazon forest from fires set by invaders on their land. More than a dozen indigenous groups met recently to strategize.

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Greta Thunberg To U.S.: 'You Have A Moral Responsibility' On Climate Change

Fri, 2019/09/13 - 12:23pm

The young Swedish activist led a protest at the White House on Friday. But she wasn't looking to go inside. "I don't want to meet with people who don't accept the science," she says.

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EPA Confirms The Agency Is Changing Water Policy

Fri, 2019/09/13 - 2:09am

The Trump administration announced significant rollbacks of Obama-era EPA regulations. How could the policy change affect the environmental landscape, and what could opponents do to fight it?

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News Brief: Presidential Debate, EPA Changes Clean Water Rules

Fri, 2019/09/13 - 2:09am

As the Democratic primary field narrows, those seeking the party's nomination sharpened their debate message in Houston. And, the EPA makes the rollback of clean water rules official.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Water Rule

Thu, 2019/09/12 - 1:24pm

The Trump administration is repealing a major Obama-era water rule that had extended federal protections to smaller streams and wetlands. The move will lift a range of restrictions on farmers and developers.

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EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections

Thu, 2019/09/12 - 11:27am

The change ends an "egregious power grab," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says.

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'Waste' Examines The Global And Local Afterlife of Recyclables

Thu, 2019/09/12 - 10:31am

Environmental scientist Kate O'Neill discusses recycling and the global politics of waste. "Once you throw something away, you've got to think about where's it going to go next," she says.

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Getting Aid To Bahamas Is A Logistical Nightmare As Support Systems 'Do Not Exist'

Tue, 2019/09/10 - 12:59pm

"Anywhere we could put a warehouse has been destroyed by floodwaters and may not be safe for storing supplies," one aid group says of the widespread destruction brought by Hurricane Dorian.

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