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Federal Court Orders Dakota Access Pipeline To Shut Down And Be Drained

Mon, 2020/07/06 - 1:13pm

A federal court on Monday ordered the indefinite shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision is a victory for Native Americans and other activists who sued over its environmental impact.

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Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now

Mon, 2020/07/06 - 7:38am

A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to produce a full environmental review. Until then, oil must stop flowing through the controversial pipeline.

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President Trump Brings Big Fireworks Displays Back To Mount Rushmore

Fri, 2020/07/03 - 1:01pm

President Trump's Friday visit included the return of big fireworks displays. They were banned since 2009 because of wildfire and pollution risks.

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'Make The Climate A Priority Again,' Says Germany's Student Activist Neubauer

Fri, 2020/07/03 - 5:00am

NPR sits down with Germany's prominent youth climate activist to discuss lessons from the coronavirus and next steps for the movement.

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Revived Mount Rushmore Fireworks Will Feature Trump But No Social Distancing

Wed, 2020/07/01 - 4:07pm

Environmental dangers, including wildfires and groundwater poisoning, ended the Rushmore pyrotechnics a decade ago. Now they're back, defying a pandemic and protests.

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Minnesota Attorney General Sues Exxon Over Climate Change

Mon, 2020/06/29 - 1:00pm

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells All Things Considered he thinks Minnesota can prove its case alleging that Exxon Mobil and others knew about the damage of climate change decades ago.

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Federal Agency Tells Employees 'No Reference To Anything COVID Related'

Fri, 2020/06/26 - 1:10pm

In an internal memo this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service bars references to the coronavirus pandemic without preapproval. It suggests alternatives such as "in these extraordinary times."

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California's Landmark Electric Truck Rule Targets 'Diesel Death Zone'

Fri, 2020/06/26 - 7:52am

In another first-in-the-nation move to address climate change, California will require automakers to sell more electric trucks. That could curb air pollution from the growing logistics industry.

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Suzanne Simard: How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 2020/06/26 - 7:13am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungal networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

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Saharan Dust Cloud Arrives At The U.S. Gulf Coast, Bringing Haze

Thu, 2020/06/25 - 2:55pm

The phenomenon happens every year – but the 2020 version is especially large and imposing, experts say.

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Massive Cloud Of Dust Is Moving From The Sahara Desert To North America

Thu, 2020/06/25 - 1:07pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia about a massive dust cloud moving from the Sahara desert to North America, causing low visibility and health risks.

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California Regulators Set To Approve Nation's 1st Electric Truck Mandate

Thu, 2020/06/25 - 2:03am

In another move to address climate change, California wants automakers to sell more electric trucks. That includes electric big rigs, which are just starting to hit the road.

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Bayer To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Resolve Cancer Lawsuits Over Weedkiller Roundup

Wed, 2020/06/24 - 11:30am

Roundup's active ingredient is glyphosate, which thousands of plaintiffs blame for causing them to develop cancer.

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Temperatures Above The Arctic Circle Hit Record High

Tue, 2020/06/23 - 12:55pm

Temperatures in a Siberian town were reported to hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. That would be a record for the highest temperature documented above the Arctic Circle.

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Scientists Say The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Worsened Deforestation Worldwide

Tue, 2020/06/23 - 12:55pm

Scientists say accelerating deforestation and development may increase the risk of pandemic diseases, and the current coronavirus pandemic may actually make the trend worse.

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Soil Prof Hits Pay Dirt: $250K Prize For Helping Farmers, Fighting Climate Change

Mon, 2020/06/22 - 10:53am

Meet 2020 World Food Prize Laureate: Rattan Lal. His "soil-centric" philosophy is praised as being good for crops — and for mitigating climate change.

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'Like Poking a Beehive': The Worrisome Link Between Deforestation And Disease

Mon, 2020/06/22 - 2:00am

Scientists say accelerating deforestation and development may increase the risk of pandemic diseases. The current economic crisis may also make that trend worse if more people cut down trees for fuel.

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'One Of The Best Nature Shows': A River Transformed After Dams Come Down

Sun, 2020/06/21 - 4:01am

In a growing trend, dozens of aging dams are removed from U.S. rivers every year. In Maine, this has meant the return of millions of migratory fish, plus bald eagles and other birds who eat them.

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George Monbiot: How Does This Moment Call For A "Great Reset"?

Fri, 2020/06/19 - 6:26am

To achieve radical change, writer George Monbiot says we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future. He offers a vision built around our innate capacity for cooperation.

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Minneapolis Has A Bold Plan To Tackle Racial Inequity. Now It Has To Follow Through

Thu, 2020/06/18 - 6:00am

Racial discrimination shaped the map of Minneapolis. Community groups are calling on the city to follow through on a new land use plan designed to address housing disparities and climate change.

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