To save axolotls, a campaign in Mexico asks people to virtually adopt them

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/27 - 3:00am

To help protect the salamander, the National Autonomous University of Mexico launched a campaign asking people to virtually adopt an axolotl or help pay for one of its meals.

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This year saw more prescribed fires than ever before

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/11/24 - 2:46pm

A top strategy for preventing catastrophic wildfires is periodically burning forests under controlled conditions. The U.S. Forest Service conducted more "prescribed" fires than ever this year.

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Cleanup, air monitoring underway at Kentucky train derailment site

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/11/23 - 2:30pm

Crews with rail operator CSX and Kentucky officials are working to remove train cars and spilled material at the site of a derailment that sparked a chemical fire and prompted home evacuations.

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The world's worst industrial disaster harmed people even before they were born

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/11/22 - 7:28am

The 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, killed thousands. New research finds babies born to mothers who were pregnant at the time have suffered long-term impacts worse than those directly exposed.

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How scientists are trying to save the insects that make life possible

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/11/21 - 4:12pm

There are more than a million insect species, but entomologists say they're declining at alarming rates. Scientists are trying to determine how to save these tiny creatures that prop up life on Earth.

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Pope Francis: Climate activist?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/11/21 - 2:38pm

The Pontifex has long used his platform to advocate for climate change awareness. Now he's attending one of the biggest conferences seeking to address it.

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Global talks to cut plastic waste stall as industry and environmental groups clash

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/20 - 10:59am

The United Nations wants to finish a plastics treaty by the end of 2024. Almost every piece of plastic is made from fossil fuels, and the industry wants a big say in how it's cleaned up.

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A new study says the global toll of lead exposure is even worse than we thought

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/20 - 9:35am

A new study finds that 5.5 million adults worldwide died in 2019 from cardiovascular disease attributable to lead exposure, more than six times higher than a previous estimate.

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The U.S. has a controversial plan to store carbon dioxide under the nation's forests

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/20 - 4:02am

A proposed rule change from the US Forest Service would allow storage of carbon dioxide pollution under national forests. The plan comes as communities resist such projects in their areas

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America's glaciers are disappearing

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2023/11/19 - 5:53am

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Professor Andrew Fountain from Portland State University about melting glaciers in the American West.

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A disappearing island: 'The water is destroying us, one house at a time'

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2023/11/19 - 5:30am

The island of Nyangai off the coast of Sierra Leone is on the frontline of climate change. More frequent and intense weather has eroded Nyangai to a nubbin. Residents who remain fear for its future.

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'It feels like I'm not crazy.' Gardeners aren't surprised as USDA updates key map

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/11/17 - 4:41am

The USDA is updating an important map for gardeners and growers picking plants and flowers. The new map shows the contiguous U.S. is about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the last map 11 years ago.

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Private detective who led a hacking attack against climate activists gets prison time

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/11/16 - 4:18pm

Aviram Azari was sentenced to almost seven years in prison on Thursday. Azari directed a group of hackers that targeted thousands of victims globally, including U.S. climate activists.

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A massive pay cut for federal wildland firefighters may be averted. But not for long

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/11/16 - 3:00am

A long running effort to permanently boost pay for thousands of federal wildland firefighters is finally gaining traction in Congress but fire managers warn it could be too little too late.

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Only 51 of these U.S. whales remain. Little has been done to prevent their extinction

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/11/16 - 3:00am

Rice's whales are one of the world's newly discovered whale species – and already one of the most endangered. Protections for the whales in the Gulf of Mexico are not coming fast.

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Brazil's new leftist government attempts to crack down on illegal gold mining

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/11/15 - 3:17am

More than half of Brazil's exported gold is believed to come from illegal mining which destroys the Amazon and Indigenous lands. The government is cracking down on a system ripe for abuse.

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Climate change, fossil fuels hurting people's health, says new global report

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/11/14 - 4:30pm

The latest Lancet Countdown, an annual analysis from the prestigious medical journal, underscores the vast and growing costs of fossil fuel burning on health.

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Why villagers haven't left mudslide-prone mountain — and how a novel plan might help

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/11/14 - 6:47am

On an extinct volcano in Uganda, hundreds of thousands face disaster due to climate change. The charity GiveDirectly is trying a surprising approach to help them get out of harm's way.

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Hadrian's Wall was damaged when the Sycamore Gap tree came down, analysis finds

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/13 - 1:45pm

The preservation group Historic England says it passed news of its analysis on to Northumbria Police, which has now made at least four arrests linked to the case.

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A volcano in southwestern Iceland is expected to erupt in the next few days

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/11/13 - 10:20am

Hundreds of small earthquakes have been rattling the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland as meteorologists anticipate a volcanic eruption and residents evacuate.

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