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If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

Wed, 2019/07/17 - 3:30pm

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

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Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

Wed, 2019/07/17 - 3:35am

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

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Florida's Corals Are Dying Off, But It's Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says

Tue, 2019/07/16 - 1:26pm

A new study from the Florida Keys shows that a lot of the stress on corals comes from local sources, providing hope that community action can help save them.

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The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

Tue, 2019/07/16 - 6:38am

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

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As Federal Regulations Lag, States Take Action Against PFAS Chemicals

Tue, 2019/07/16 - 2:06am

Frustrated with federal inaction, states such as New Hampshire, are taking their own measures against a class of pollutants known as "forever chemicals"

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Giant Shipper Bets Big On Ending Its Carbon Emissions. Will It Pay Off?

Mon, 2019/07/15 - 10:09am

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has set a massive goal for itself: going carbon neutral by 2050. This would be good for the world. But how would it be good for the bottom line?

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Judge Orders Madrid To Continue, For Now, With Car Pollution Measures

Mon, 2019/07/15 - 2:01am

An attempt by the new conservative mayor of Madrid to roll back the city's innovative vehicle pollution controls has Spanish environmentalists fuming, and heading for the courts.

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In Puerto Rico, The Campaign For A Hurricane Proof House

Sun, 2019/07/14 - 2:13pm

In the nearly two years since Hurricane Maria, about half a million people still don't have a safe affordable home. One architect is working to change that.

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Louisiana Cleanup Underway As Barry Moves North

Sun, 2019/07/14 - 2:08pm

Tropical Storm Barry dropped plenty of rain, caused lots of flooding, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands. Now the cleanup gets underway as the storm moves north.

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A Weakened Tropical Depression Barry Creeps North, But Heavy Rain Remains A Concern

Sun, 2019/07/14 - 8:40am

Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 3 to 5 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 10 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

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Federal Clampdown On Burning Man Imperils Festival's Free Spirit Ethos, Say Burners

Sun, 2019/07/14 - 4:01am

As the Bureau of Land Management tightens its grip on the annual gathering's population growth at Nevada's Black Rock desert, a freewheeling community finds its core identity under threat.

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Slow-Moving Tropical Storm Stunts Louisiana Disaster Plans

Sat, 2019/07/13 - 2:12pm

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Barry are expected from Florida to Louisiana as the eye of the disorganized storm moves onto land. Flooding is the big concern.

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Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms — Storms Like Barry

Sat, 2019/07/13 - 9:02am

The water in the Gulf of Mexico is hot and the Mississippi River is high. That could spell disaster for Louisiana.

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Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?

Sat, 2019/07/13 - 5:26am

Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.

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New Orleans Residents Anxious As Tropical Storm Barry Heads Toward Them

Fri, 2019/07/12 - 1:08pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with New Orleans resident Rachel Jordan about fears of rain due to hit this weekend. Her family went through Hurricane Katrina and fears how vulnerable they still are.

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Louisiana Residents Try To Find The Best Way To Stay Safe In Tropical Storm Barry

Fri, 2019/07/12 - 1:08pm

The rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Barry are the biggest threat to Louisiana, particularly in the low-lying areas close to the coast. Evacuations are in place and people are concerned.

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A Call For More Research On Cancer's Environmental Triggers

Fri, 2019/07/12 - 6:12am

Scientists are making progress in identifying environmental hazards that contribute to cancer. Researchers say many cases could be avoided if the work is accelerated.

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Evacuated Maui Residents Return Home After Wildfire Scorches 10,000 Acres

Fri, 2019/07/12 - 3:20am

The evacuation in Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, filled up local shelters, but residents have now been told they can return home.

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Along The Gulf Coast, People Are Preparing For Tropical Storm Barry

Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:27pm

Heavy rains are predicted in Louisiana and Mississippi with the expected arrival of a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. Flooding is a major concern in areas already saturated by water.

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Mexico's Beaches Are Being Overwhelmed By Sargassum Seaweed From The Atlantic

Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:23pm

Scientists say there's a mass of seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. They call it the biggest seaweed bloom in the world and that it's a signal of a new normal.

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