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A new Indiana bill will weaken protections over wetlands

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/20 - 4:00pm
The Indiana legislature has passed a bill that will reduce wetland protections. Environmentalists warn the policy will lead to more development, harm habitats and undermine natural flood abatement.
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What this year's mild winter means for wildfire season in the western U.S.

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/20 - 3:28pm
A mild and dry El Nino winter in parts of the West is stirring anxieties about the looming wildfire season, just as federal agencies are struggling to fill firefighting jobs.
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Near-record winds over the Northeast push passenger planes to speeds over 800 mph

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/19 - 3:00am

A couple of planes got a big push from a jet stream with winds clocking 265 mph at cruising altitude this weekend, the National Weather Service said.

(Image credit: Ted S. Warren)

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One woolly mammoth's journey at the end of the Ice Age

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/19 - 1:00am

Lately, paleoecologist Audrey Rowe has been a bit preoccupied with a girl named Elma. That's because Elma is ... a woolly mammoth. And 14,000 years ago, when Elma was alive, her habitat in interior Alaska was rapidly changing. The Ice Age was coming to a close and human hunters were starting early settlements. Which leads to an intriguing question: Who, or what, killed her? In the search for answers, Audrey traces Elma's life and journey through — get this — a single tusk. Today, she shares her insights on what the mammoth extinction from thousands of years ago can teach us about megafauna extinctions today with guest host Nate Rott.

Thoughts on other ancient animal stories we should tell? Email us at shortwave@npr.org and we might make a future episode about it!

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Biden visits East Palestine a year after a train derailment changed the Ohio town

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/02/16 - 4:02pm

Biden had promised to visit soon after the derailment. He has faced criticism from some residents and from former President Donald Trump, who made a trip to the community shortly after the disaster.

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What happens when a wind farm comes to a coal town?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/02/16 - 2:27pm
Coal jobs have been declining for generations. Now in the town of Keyser, West Virginia, there's a different energy source on the horizon.
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Reduce, reuse, redirect outrage: How plastic makers used recycling as a fig leaf

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/02/15 - 12:53pm

Recycling "does not solve the solid waste problem," the head of a plastics trade group said in 1989, around the time the industry was launching its recycling campaign.

(Image credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba)

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A small fish is at the center of a big fight in the Chesapeake Bay

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/14 - 3:00am

Recreational fishermen and conservation groups worry overfishing for menhaden threatens the Chesapeake Bay. Industry says current data doesn't support shutting down the more than century-old fishery.

(Image credit: Katherine Hafner)

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A lead candidate for president of Indonesia could increase deforestation and coal use

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/13 - 3:13am
Voters in Indonesia will head to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a presidential election. One leading candidate is running on a platform that could increase deforestation and coal use.
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A lead candidate for president of Indonesia could increase deforestation and coal use

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/13 - 3:13am

Voters in Indonesia will head to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a presidential election. One leading candidate is running on a platform that could increase deforestation and coal use.

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Across the world, migrating animal populations are dwindling. Here's why

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 5:00pm

In a landmark U.N. study, researchers found nearly half of the world's threatened migratory species have declining populations. More than a fifth of the assessed animals face extinction.

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Across the world, migrating animal populations are dwindling. Here's why

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 5:00pm

In a landmark U.N. study, researchers found nearly half of the world's threatened migratory species have declining populations. More than a fifth of the assessed animals face extinction.

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Mardi Gras beads in New Orleans are creating an environmental concern

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 4:55pm

Despite a daily cleanup that leaves the post-parade landscape remarkably clean, uncaught beads dangle from tree limbs like Spanish moss and get ground into the mud under the feet of passers-by.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert)

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Mardi Gras beads in New Orleans are creating an environmental concern

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 4:55pm

Despite a daily cleanup that leaves the post-parade landscape remarkably clean, uncaught beads dangle from tree limbs like Spanish moss and get ground into the mud under the feet of passers-by.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Quinault Indian Nation hits milestone in effort to move village uphill to safety

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 3:18pm
In a remote stretch of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, streets and sidewalks have appeared. The Quinault Indian Nation spent a decade trying to move its village of Taholah out of reach of rising seas.
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Quinault Indian Nation hits milestone in effort to move village uphill to safety

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 3:18pm

In a remote stretch of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, streets and sidewalks have appeared. The Quinault Indian Nation spent a decade trying to move its village of Taholah out of reach of rising seas.

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What exporting American natural gas means for the economy and the climate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 3:06pm
The U.S. is exporting more natural gas than ever before. Now, the Biden administration is pausing new projects. Here's what this means for the industry — and the climate.
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What exporting American natural gas means for the economy and the climate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 3:06pm

The U.S. is exporting more natural gas than ever before. Now, the Biden administration is pausing new projects. Here's what this means for the industry — and the climate.

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Ho-Chunk master naturalist shares knowledge to breath life back into ancestral land

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 2:30pm
Members of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin are part of an effort to widen the circle of professionals and volunteers tending to the earth and passing along their knowledge to others.
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Ho-Chunk master naturalist shares knowledge to breath life back into ancestral land

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/12 - 2:30pm

Members of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin are part of an effort to widen the circle of professionals and volunteers tending to the earth and passing along their knowledge to others.

Categories: Environment
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