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In Europe, World Leaders Try To Change Trump's Mind On Climate Change

Fri, 2017/05/26 - 12:01pm

It was eight against one, at a table in Italy on Friday: Six heads of state and two EU representatives, arguing with the U.S. president about the urgency of committing to the Paris climate accord.

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'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

Thu, 2017/05/25 - 11:22am

Dirt and rock now cover a third of a mile of the road known for its breathtaking views. And where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, aerial photos now show a rocky bulge into the Pacific.

(Image credit: Monterey County Sheriff's Office/Screenshot by NPR)

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Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Tue, 2017/05/23 - 9:41am

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

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International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine

Mon, 2017/05/22 - 1:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

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Australian City Of Melbourne Finds Novel Way To Protect Its Trees

Mon, 2017/05/22 - 3:15am

The city assigned every tree — tens of thousands of them — individual email addresses. If a tree is vandalized, or diseased, you report it with that email.

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Norwegian Seed Vault Guarantees Crops Won't Become Extinct

Sun, 2017/05/21 - 4:13am

Burrowed into the side of a mountain, on a Norwegian island deep in the Arctic, is the Global Seed Vault, a small building where vital seed varieties are kept in a deep freeze year round.

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In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up

Sat, 2017/05/20 - 10:44am

For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.

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Why Do Journalists Love Reporting On The Everglades?

Sat, 2017/05/20 - 5:02am

The Florida Everglades is known for its beauty, and recently for its pythons. Efforts are accelerating to rid the ecosystem of the pesky invasive species. It's a huge story ... for journalists.

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Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 2017/05/19 - 1:38am

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

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Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 3:32pm

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

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Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 12:28pm

Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.

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Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 7:06am

Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?

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Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 5:00am

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

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Many Of California's Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 3:00pm

Climate change, dams and agriculture are threatening Chinook salmon, the iconic fish at the core of the state's fishing industry, a report predicts. And 23 other fish species are also at risk.

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A Tale Of Four Famines

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 8:06am

Climate and conflict have left millions with little to no access to food in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.

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Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 1:30pm

The nuclear industry is struggling with aging plants and competition from cheaper natural gas. Now, touting itself as another form of "clean" energy, it's lobbying state lawmakers for help.

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'They're Everywhere': Oil, Gas Wells Dot Developments, Raising Potential Dangers

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 1:34pm

Colorado is reviewing oil and gas operations after a fatal home explosion was linked to an abandoned, but still leaking, gas line. The tragedy is raising questions about how older wells are regulated.

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Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 12:01pm

Researchers found more than 17 tons of plastic debris on an uninhabited South Pacific island. It's some 3,000 miles from the nearest big city, but ocean currents bring a steady supply of trash.

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Arctic Council Pressures Tillerson To Take Action On Climate Change

Fri, 2017/05/12 - 4:37am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson got an earful from other countries over U.S. climate policy. At a meeting of the Arctic Council, they pressured him not to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

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Disappearing Montana Glaciers A 'Bellwether' Of Melting To Come?

Thu, 2017/05/11 - 11:46am

Glaciers there are "an early indicator of the kinds of changes that are going to occur elsewhere," a scientist says. Since 1966, the glaciers in Glacier National Park shrunk an average of 39 percent.

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