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Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 2018/04/18 - 10:43am

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Tue, 2018/04/17 - 1:25pm

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

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EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Mon, 2018/04/16 - 2:31pm

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

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Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Mon, 2018/04/16 - 9:13am

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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The 'New Power' Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World

Mon, 2018/04/16 - 8:06am

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have written a guide for spreading ideas, building movements and staying ahead.

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The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Mon, 2018/04/16 - 7:06am

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

(Image credit: Photo by Drew Anthony Smith for Smithsonian magazine)

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Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

Fri, 2018/04/13 - 2:40pm

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation — the conveyor belt of the ocean — is slowing down. Scientists disagree about what's behind it, but say it could mean bad news for the climate.

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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 2018/04/13 - 7:14am

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

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National Park Service To 'Modestly' Raise Entrance Fees In Plan To Cut Repair Backlog

Fri, 2018/04/13 - 5:28am

The National Park Service will increase entrance fees at 117 national parks by at least $5. The increases are far smaller than had previously been proposed by the Trump administration.

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Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

Thu, 2018/04/12 - 4:35pm

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

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A Thank You To NPR's Science Commentary Readers

Thu, 2018/04/12 - 5:27am

For 6 1/2 years, Barbara J. King has written commentaries for NPR on everything from animals and anthropology to gender and higher education. Here, she offers up some of her favorite pieces.

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Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

Wed, 2018/04/11 - 4:30pm

Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.

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Government Ethics Officials Raise Red Flags On EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

Tue, 2018/04/10 - 2:00am

With a president keeping a Cabinet-level official on the job despite a raft of scandals, ethics officials are spelling out why that might be a problem.

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A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

Mon, 2018/04/09 - 12:16pm

America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger: Why Scott Pruitt May Be Here To Stay

Mon, 2018/04/09 - 6:55am

If Pruitt's slavish devotion to deregulation has boosted his stock with Trump, it has also endeared him to an array of conservative activists and organizations who have been looking for heroes.

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Trump Touts Pruitt's 'Great Job,' But EPA Rollbacks Have A Long Road Ahead

Mon, 2018/04/09 - 2:00am

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt has moved to reverse or weaken dozens of environmental measures. But many face a slow regulatory process, and may yet be undone.

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The Impact Of Pruitt's EPA Rollback

Sun, 2018/04/08 - 2:12pm

NPR's Michel Martin asks former EPA official Lisa Heinzerling whether EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's moves to roll back regulations are actually making an impact on the agency and the environment.

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Louisiana Issues Quarantine To Control Invasive Marsh-Killing Bug

Sat, 2018/04/07 - 5:08am

Officials say more than 200,000 acres of marshland cane have been affected. State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain worries the bug could mutate and start ruining agricultural crops.

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2018 Hurricane Season Will Bring Another Battery Of Storms

Fri, 2018/04/06 - 2:48pm

Forecasters are cautioning the public to brace themselves, predicting 14 tropical storms this year. Seven are expected to become hurricanes and three of those are expected to be major hurricanes.

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After Raising Concerns About Scott Pruitt, A Number Of EPA Officials Were Demoted

Fri, 2018/04/06 - 1:24pm

A number of Environmental Protection Agency officials have been demoted or reassigned after raising concerns about the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is managing the agency, according to a report from The New York Times.

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