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Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

Tue, 2018/12/18 - 3:01am

Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have declined dramatically. Now scientists are working to rebuild oyster reefs, helped by settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Creator Of Floating Garbage Collector Struggling To Capture Plastic In Pacific

Tue, 2018/12/18 - 2:02am

A young innovator wants to remove all the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his invention, a long floating boom, is moving too slowly to hold the trash it collects.

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Herders Vs. Farmers: A Deadly Year In Nigeria

Mon, 2018/12/17 - 3:35pm

Deadly clashes in the country's Middle Belt have skyrocketed — and a new Amnesty International report says the government is exacerbating the crisis.

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During His Time As Interior Secretary, Zinke Advanced 'Energy Dominance'

Mon, 2018/12/17 - 3:00pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ends his tenure having successfully pushed President Trump's agenda of "energy dominance," but leaving conservationists disappointed.

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A Year Reporting In Puerto Rico

Mon, 2018/12/17 - 8:40am

NPR’s Adrian Florido has been in Puerto Rico as people have tried to rebuild.

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Magical Photos Bring Fables From Mbomo To Life

Mon, 2018/12/17 - 7:53am

The fables were gathered from people in the Congo Basin and illustrated with a touch of magical realism in the new book Congo Tales: Told By The People Of Mbomo.

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Countries Adopt 'Playbook' To Implement Paris Climate Agreement

Sun, 2018/12/16 - 3:37pm

Climate negotiators have agreed on a way to implement the Paris climate agreement. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with UC Berkeley's Dan Kammen about what the deal looks like.

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Deep Seagrass Bed Could Stall Climate Change, If Climate Change Doesn't Kill It First

Sun, 2018/12/16 - 3:34pm

Scientists have identified a giant bed of deep sea grass in Australia's Great Barrier Reef that may be absorbing millions of tons of carbon. But these so-called blue carbon sinks need protecting too.

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Cambodia Nabs More Than 3 Tons Of Illegal Ivory

Sun, 2018/12/16 - 8:14am

A tip from the U.S. Embassy alerted Cambodian authorities to a haul of at least 3.2 tons of ivory that shipped from Mozambique.

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New Climate Deal Keeps Paris Accord Alive, Draws Path To Implementation

Sun, 2018/12/16 - 6:25am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh about the climate deal recently reached at a major conference in Poland.

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Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time

Sun, 2018/12/16 - 6:03am

Alaska fishermen who took advantage of new regulations allowing them to fish with a previously banned piece of gear are happy they saved their catch from hungry whales.

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Ryan Zinke Is Leaving The Interior Department, Trump Tweets

Sat, 2018/12/15 - 7:30am

The interior secretary is stepping down after a tumultuous two years, marked by mounting allegations of misconduct in office.

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Wolves Are Back In Germany, But Not Always Welcome

Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:02am

Germany is seeing the return of wolf packs, and with them growing political tension over whether the animals pose too much of a threat.

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As The Biggest Climate Conference Since Paris Ends, What's Accomplished?

Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:00am

A major climate conference is wrapping up in Poland. Officials are working to create a rulebook for future reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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PG&E Falsified Gas Pipeline Safety Records, Regulators Say

Fri, 2018/12/14 - 9:55pm

The utility has been under fire for its role in the massive gas pipeline explosion in 2010 in San Bruno, Calif.

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:43pm

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

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Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fri, 2018/12/14 - 3:05pm

As a major climate conference nears its end in Poland, negotiators are still haggling over the rules nations must follow in order to meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease

Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:02am

Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.

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2-Week Climate Conference In Poland Comes To A End

Fri, 2018/12/14 - 3:01am

Among the attendees to this year's climate conference were several major corporations, which are increasingly committed to reducing the emissions of their own operations.

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How The U.S. Can Still Advance Climate Negotiations Under The Trump Administration

Thu, 2018/12/13 - 2:20pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change under President Obama, about how the U.S. can advance climate negotiations under President Trump.

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