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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

Sat, 2019/02/16 - 5:01am

The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.

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Sky Islands And Starry-Eyed Frogs: Breathtaking Photos Of Remote Ecosystems

Sat, 2019/02/16 - 5:00am

Prasenjeet Yadav wants his photos to make people care about the environment — whether it's grasslands vanishing in southwest India or windmills taking over a lizard's habitat.

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J. Marshall Shepherd: How Does Bias Shape Our Perceptions About Science?

Fri, 2019/02/15 - 7:34am

Why do many people dismiss issues like climate change, despite strong scientific evidence? Climatologist J. Marshall Shepherd examines how different forms of bias shape how we perceive science.

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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Massive Public Lands Package

Thu, 2019/02/14 - 2:23pm

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping public lands bill that protects millions of acres of land and reauthorizes a major conservation program. Supporters say conservation is a unifier.

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EPA Says It Plans To Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough For Critics

Thu, 2019/02/14 - 1:10pm

The chemicals, which are linked to health problems, have contaminated drinking water and soil in many parts of the United States. Critics say the EPA is not acting fast enough to limit them.

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After 16 Months Of Dead Fish, Manatees And Dolphins, Florida's Red Tide Ebbs

Thu, 2019/02/14 - 1:08pm

The red tide algae bloom that has plagued coastal communities in Florida since 2017 is starting to dissipate, much to the relief of local communities and tourism officials.

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Trump Tweet Fails To Save Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plant

Thu, 2019/02/14 - 12:58pm

Despite pressure from President Trump and other Republicans, the Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with coal.

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You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

Thu, 2019/02/14 - 3:00am

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a downside.

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Harley-Davidson Embraces A New Sound As It Enters The Electric Era

Wed, 2019/02/13 - 11:00am

The LiveWire, Harley's first electric bike, was first announced more than four years ago. It's finally hitting the streets this summer — for a hefty price. But will Harley fans be along for the ride?

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Butterflies Vs. Border Wall: National Butterfly Center Seeks Restraining Order

Wed, 2019/02/13 - 5:18am

The center says government officials have already cut down trees on its private property in anticipation of a border wall. The planned wall would split its property in two.

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McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

Tue, 2019/02/12 - 3:43pm

The Senate majority leader wants to put the massive progressive climate change framework to a vote. Its Democratic sponsor is not pleased by the move from the top Senate Republican.

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President Trump And Allies Push To Save A Very Specific Coal Plant

Tue, 2019/02/12 - 2:59pm

President Trump and other Republicans are pressuring the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with most of its coal.

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How To Get Meat Eaters To Eat More Plant-Based Foods? Make Their Mouths Water

Sun, 2019/02/10 - 5:00am

Vegetable-based dishes may be better for the Earth but don't always sound seductive on menus. Marketers, researchers and food chains think they know how to get meat lovers to make the swap more often.

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Seattle's Unusually Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowfall To Stretch Into The Week

Sat, 2019/02/09 - 11:32am

A rare winter storm in Washington state prompted its governor to declare a state of emergency. More than 200 flights were canceled on Friday and drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.

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Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:46pm

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2019/02/08 - 9:06am

Savage, climate change and the latest on Venezuela are some of the things that made headlines this week.

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Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm

Fri, 2019/02/08 - 3:00am

The proposal to address climate change is short on specifics and wildly ambitious. Seasoned energy experts doubt it can work, but give it credit for energizing young activists.

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Former Energy Secretary Weighs In On Green New Deal Legislation

Thu, 2019/02/07 - 3:13pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ernest Moniz, president and CEO of Energy Futures Initiative, about the Green New Deal, and his goal of limiting global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius.

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PG&E Could Shut Off Power For Millions To Prevent Wildfires

Thu, 2019/02/07 - 3:08am

The utility could cut power to as many as 5.4 million during extreme weather conditions. PG&E declared bankruptcy last month in the face of billions of dollars in wildfire-related liabilities.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

Thu, 2019/02/07 - 3:01am

The plan is massively ambitious and faces political blockades. Proponents believe it is what's necessary to start saving the world from the threat of climate change and to reshape the U.S. economy.

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