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Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

Thu, 2017/04/27 - 6:16pm

The president is set to sign an order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, and possibly reverse the designation of some marine sanctuaries.

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As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

Thu, 2017/04/27 - 3:06pm

People often remember tensions between African-Americans, white police officers and Korean business owners. That story gets more complicated when you step into a predominantly Latino neighborhood.

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Florida Battles With Tricky Removal Of Costly Muck In Indian River Lagoon

Thu, 2017/04/27 - 1:20pm

In Florida, an effort is underway to remove more than million cubic feet of muck sullying the Indian River Lagoon, considered North America's most biologically diverse estuary. It's a mess.

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California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Thu, 2017/04/27 - 12:15pm

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

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Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

Wed, 2017/04/26 - 5:00am

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

Wed, 2017/04/26 - 4:00am

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

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Michael Bloomberg And Carl Pope On 'Climate Of Hope'

Wed, 2017/04/26 - 2:03am

Rachel Martin speaks with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chairman of the Sierra Club Carl Pope about how cities should respond to climate change. Their book is Climate of Hope.

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China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

Tue, 2017/04/25 - 7:37am

By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.

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What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

Mon, 2017/04/24 - 1:52pm

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.

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Hacking Lake Erie: Tech Competition Seeks Solutions To Water-Related Problems

Mon, 2017/04/24 - 1:31pm

A technology competition seeks solutions to Lake Erie's biggest problems, including harmful algae blooms and aging water systems. Teams in cities around the region are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and consulting services to create apps and other tools.

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As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

Mon, 2017/04/24 - 1:31pm

As more homeowners install solar they're using less energy from their utilities, which in turn hurts their business. One utility in Colorado has forged a deal that may be a model for other states.

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#NPRpoetry Naturally Goes Outside For Some Earth Day Inspiration

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 2:53pm

This weeks #NPRpoetry Twitter submissions celebrate Mother Earth.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 5:00am

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity. Farmers can use it to power their operations or even sell some back to the grid. But some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.

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Clashes Over Grazing Land In Nigeria Threaten Nomadic Herding

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 3:37am

Nomadic herders who live across West Africa are having to travel further and further south for their cows to graze. Some are letting cows graze on cropland, leading to deadly conflicts with farmers.

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Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 3:24pm

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.

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In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:11pm

"The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.

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First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 5:14am

Psychologists say anxiety over climate change is making some people feel overwhelmed. To talk through their worries, a group in Utah is meeting weekly and the idea has drawn interest in other states.

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Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 5:00am

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.

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March For Science Organizers Work To Maintain Non-Partisan Position

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 1:34pm

A March for Science will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities in the U.S. Organizers say the march is a non-partisan celebration of science. It's meant to both encourage political leaders to fund science and rely on scientific evidence when making policy decisions. Critics worry the march will turn into an anti-Trump rally and paint scientists as just another interest group.

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U.K. May Have 24 Hours Without Coal Power

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 1:17pm

The country's National Grid announced Friday it was on its way to a full day without requiring its coal plants to produce power. Britain plans to eliminate the energy source by 2025.

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