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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Tue, 2017/06/27 - 12:54pm

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County. There's money to be made by renting out bees to orchards, and thefts are rising.

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What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks?

Sun, 2017/06/25 - 12:50pm

That answer, as seen Sunday in Boise, Idaho: $300,000 and a lot of determination. St. Luke's Health System, which moved the historic sequoia, says it "was never even an option" to cut it down.

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People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs And Sacred Culture

Sun, 2017/06/25 - 4:00am

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

Sat, 2017/06/24 - 7:48am

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

Sat, 2017/06/24 - 6:02am

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

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New Island Forms Off North Carolina's Outer Banks

Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:01am

In the ever-changing seascape off the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a new sand bar, possibly masking as an island. The questions now is how to get to it.

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On Top Of Hong Kong's High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:01am

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

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Alaska's 40 Years Of Oil Riches Almost Never Was

Sat, 2017/06/24 - 4:00am

Oil began flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1977, transforming Alaska into a wealthy state. But if it wasn't for one man, the Prudhoe Bay oil field may not have never been found.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 2017/06/23 - 3:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

Fri, 2017/06/23 - 11:13am

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Fri, 2017/06/23 - 6:23am

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners

Fri, 2017/06/23 - 4:00am

Teams of cooks are making dishes from food that many American consumers would overlook — or even consciously avoid — as part of a sustainability project aimed at reducing food waste in the U.S.

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After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 1:37pm

Citing a population rebound, the Interior Department has announced plans to strip the bear of federal protection. But some groups are skeptical, and they've signaled they're prepared to resist.

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'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 1:31pm

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

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Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 8:11am

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

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Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 4:00am

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

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Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 3:25am

States on the Gulf Coast are being hit with severe weather and floods as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland Thursday morning in Louisiana.

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ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 2:06am

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 2:00am

As renewables make up a bigger share of the nation's energy grid, some worry about blackouts when the wind doesn't blow. But grid operators say they're getting better at balancing energy resources.

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Portugal Wrests Control Over Wildfire That Killed More Than 60 People

Wed, 2017/06/21 - 1:58pm

Investigation into what ignited the wildfires, and why they proved so deadly, is just beginning. Some people want a ban on plantings of eucalyptus: a common tree that is extremely flammable.

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