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Invasive green crabs are threatening local species. The solution? Eat them

Sat, 2021/11/27 - 6:00am

Invasive green crabs are harming habitats in the pacific northwest. A solution? Researchers say catch 'em and eat 'em. Scott Simon talks with marine scientist Shon Schooler.

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Biden calls for higher fees for oil, gas leasing on federal land, stops short of ban

Fri, 2021/11/26 - 3:21pm

A long-awaited report by the Interior Department proposes reforms to the federal oil and gas leasing program, but doesn't end the practice, troubling environmentalists.

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The butterflies are back! Annual migration of monarchs shows highest numbers in years

Fri, 2021/11/26 - 3:00am

The annual winter monarch butterfly migration, which has seen steep declines in recent years, seems to be making a comeback. Biologists are encouraged and confused by the trend.

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Death and destruction follow a Siberian coal mine fire

Thu, 2021/11/25 - 2:22pm

A devastating fire swept through a Siberian coal mine Thursday, killing 52 miners and rescuers about 820 feet underground, Russian news reports said.

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Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup

Thu, 2021/11/25 - 12:33pm

While high gas prices have pushed President Biden to tap into the US's strategic oil reserves, America's neighbor to the north is also dealing with a shortage of another so-called "liquid gold".

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A famously far-ranging gray wolf is found dead in Southern California

Wed, 2021/11/24 - 3:41pm

The Oregon-born gray wolf gained a following this year when it became the first to travel to Southern California in a century. Wildlife officials say it appears to have been struck by a vehicle.

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Australia's Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Wed, 2021/11/24 - 2:07am

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes in 2016, 2017 and last year.

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Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

Sat, 2021/11/20 - 6:50am

The largest water utility in Iowa is sounding alarms that it won't be able to keep up with cleaning the water for more than 600,000 customers as extreme weather swings become more common.

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Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

Sat, 2021/11/20 - 6:50am

The largest water utility in Iowa is sounding alarms that it won't be able to keep up with cleaning the water for more than 600,000 customers as extreme weather swings become more common.

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Intense wildfires have killed up to 1/5 of the earth's largest trees

Sat, 2021/11/20 - 6:50am

Recent wildfires in California have highlighted the fragility of giant sequoias. The National Park Service says many were killed or badly hurt earlier this year during a blaze.

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Amazon deforestation in Brazil hits its worst level in 15 years

Fri, 2021/11/19 - 1:04pm

Deforestation in the region rose 22% compared to the year prior, according to data released just days after Brazil made new global promises to combat environmental degradation.

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As a sea of lava destroys livelihoods on La Palma, it also offers a lifeline

Fri, 2021/11/19 - 4:00am

The lava and ash the Cumbre Vieja volcano has spewed for two months have consumed homes and forced thousands to flee. However, the rock formed by the lava will ultimately save the island from the sea.

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The Biden administration sold oil and gas leases days after the climate summit

Wed, 2021/11/17 - 5:53pm

Despite pledging to take action on climate change at the international event, the Biden administration says its hands were tied after a federal judge stopped its attempt to pause the leasing program.

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Amazon birds are shrinking as the climate warms, prompting warning from scientists

Mon, 2021/11/15 - 5:43pm

A new study examined 77 bird species in the Amazon over a 40-year period. It found they were rapidly evolving due to rising temperatures because smaller birds shed heat more efficiently.

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New Delhi's air pollution is so bad, officials are calling for a citywide lockdown

Mon, 2021/11/15 - 10:34am

New Delhi's schools are already closed this week because of air pollution that has been about four times the safe limit.

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In drought-plagued New Mexico, farmer places high hopes in infrastructure bill

Sun, 2021/11/14 - 2:55pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Greg Daviet, a pecan farmer in Las Cruces, N.M., about how the infrastructure plan passed by Congress may affect his business.

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Growers are working to make our coffee habit more sustainable

Sat, 2021/11/13 - 3:04pm

Experts say the way we cultivate and grow coffee isn't sustainable. Some coffee growers are hoping to change that.

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Here's what world leaders agreed to — and what they didn't — at the U.N. climate summit

Sat, 2021/11/13 - 1:39pm

Intense climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, brought about major breakthroughs and compromises, as world leaders sought to avert extreme climate change.

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Birds in the Amazon have been shrinking. Here's why scientists think it's happening

Fri, 2021/11/12 - 3:03pm

Over the last four decades, birds in the Amazon have been shrinking — and scientists believe their smaller bodies may be a response to hotter, drier weather brought by climate change.

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In a first, U.N. climate agreement could include the words 'coal' and 'fossil fuels'

Fri, 2021/11/12 - 8:46am

The U.N. secretary-general warns the main goal of limiting global warming is "on life support." But Glasgow negotiators are making modest progress in their final hours.

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