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Nature's 'Brita Filter' Is Dying And Nobody Knows Why

Fri, 2019/12/06 - 3:01am

A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has scientists scrambling to find a cause. Freshwater mussels clean water and provide habitat to countless other species.

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Music For Our Emergency

Thu, 2019/12/05 - 4:00am

No, songs addressing climate change aren't new. But the new music that does seems animated less by a sunny streak of mainstream activism, and more by a certain feeling we all seem to be sharing.

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Why Freshwater Mussels Are Dying

Thu, 2019/12/05 - 3:07am

A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has biologists scrambling to figure out a cause. Freshwater mussels are critical to river ecosystems and to U.S. water supplies.

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Noeel: Electric Eel Lights Up Christmas Tree In Tennessee

Wed, 2019/12/04 - 3:52pm

Every time the electric eel named Miguel Wattson releases a jolt of electricity, a festively decorated Christmas tree next to his tank at the Tennessee Aquarium flickers and glows.

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How To Live On A Disappearing Island

Wed, 2019/12/04 - 9:40am

Climate change is making Isle de Jean Charles an unlivable place in Louisiana.

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Jane Fonda On Climate Change And Civil Disobedience

Wed, 2019/12/04 - 9:06am

The Hollywood icon trades the red carpet for the Capitol steps.

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On The Oregon Coast, Turning Pollution Into Art With A Purpose

Wed, 2019/12/04 - 3:02am

A local artist is turning the mountains of plastic garbage that wash up on beaches into dramatic sculptures of the very marine life threatened by the deluge of plastics.

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Europe Is Burning U.S. Wood As Climate-Friendly Fuel, But Green Groups Protest

Wed, 2019/12/04 - 3:02am

In the search for alternatives to coal and gas, some European countries have turned to a very old fuel. They're importing wood from the United States. Some environmentalists say it makes no sense.

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No, Koalas Aren't 'Functionally Extinct.' But They Are In Danger.

Tue, 2019/12/03 - 9:40am

Amid a catastrophic fire season in Australia, what do we know about the fate of the koala?

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Raiders Of The Lost Crops: Scientists Race Against Time To Save Genetic Diversity

Tue, 2019/12/03 - 3:05am

Elephants, snakes and crocodiles? Researchers around the globe faced risky situations to gather wild relatives of key foods. That genetic pool could be vital to helping crops adapt to climate change.

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Montana Residents Ask Supreme Court To Allow Cleanup Beyond Superfund Requirements

Tue, 2019/12/03 - 3:05am

Montana property owners are suing BP to clean up arsenic pollution left over from mining. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, and businesses worry it could open them up to huge new costs.

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As Miami Faces Threats From Sea Level Rise, Some Worry About Climate Gentrification

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 4:10pm

As flooding grows worse in Miami's upscale beachfront areas, black residents living on higher ground worry they'll be displaced. The city is studying this climate gentrification.

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As Climate Talks Begin, U.N. Chief Warns Against 'Fiddling' While The Planet Burns

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 11:25am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said despite Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, the U.S. is committed: "We're still in it." The sailing yacht with Greta Thunberg aboard will arrive soon.

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Winter Storm Reaches Northeast, Smothering Region With 1st Major Snow Of The Season

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 11:10am

The post-Thanksgiving travel rush has ended, but the winter storm continues to bear down in the New England region, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and delays.

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As Climate Warnings Grow Dire, Energy Companies Face A 'New Frontier Of Threats'

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 7:00am

Natural disasters, protests and stark scientific reports are heightening concern over climate change. And companies are under pressure from banks and investors to green their corporate images.

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25th U.N. Climate Change Conference Begins In Spain

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 3:06am

The two-week event had been due to take place in Chile, but because of social unrest in that country, the Spanish capital Madrid offered to host it instead.

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News Brief: Impeachment Probe, Climate Conference, London Terror Attack

Mon, 2019/12/02 - 3:06am

A new phase starts this week in the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The global climate conference begins in Madrid. And, the latest on Friday's terror attack in London.

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Hundreds Of Flights Canceled, Thousands More Delayed As Winter Storm Moves East

Sun, 2019/12/01 - 12:11pm

The post-Thanksgiving travel rush is due to get even more hectic, as heavy snow and ice accumulation is expected to continue battering regions across the United States on Sunday.

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To Help Coral Reefs Come Back, Fake It (With Sound) 'Til Fish Make It

Sun, 2019/12/01 - 6:00am

Researchers have found that by playing the sounds of healthy reefs in places where coral has died, fish are more readily attracted back, and help speed the reef's recovery.

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Opinion: Bill Ruckelshaus, Conservationist Who Also Protected The Rule Of Law

Sat, 2019/11/30 - 6:42am

William Ruckelshaus died this week. He was 87 years old. NPR's Scott Simon remembers his legacy as the first director of the EPA, and a defiant act against President Nixon.

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