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After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Mon, 2017/10/16 - 11:04am

Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.

(Image credit: Eric Keto/Alaska's Energy Desk)

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Enough Protection Already? The EPA Under President Trump

Mon, 2017/10/16 - 7:06am

What if the head of the agency doesn't want to protect the environment?

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In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without

Sun, 2017/10/15 - 2:56pm

With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.

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'The Day We've Dreamed Of Has Arrived': Napa County To Begin Wildfires Recovery

Sun, 2017/10/15 - 2:56pm

The Northern California wildfires killed at least 40 people and forced some 75,000 to evacuate. But Napa officials say firefighters have made enough progress for the county to switch to recovery mode.

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More Destructive, Expensive, Dangerous: What's Ramping Up Wildfires?

Sun, 2017/10/15 - 5:02am

The author of Megafire: The Race To Extinguish A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, says a wet spring counterintuitively is feeding Western wildfires this year — and dangerous dry winds haven't peaked yet.

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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

Sat, 2017/10/14 - 4:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

(Image credit: Adam Grossberg/KQED)

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Hundreds Missing In Northern California Where Fires Continue To Burn

Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:28pm

Fire rescue workers in Northern California are searching for hundreds of people who've gone missing since the start of evacuations. Some may be in shelters. But others may not have survived.

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With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:14pm

The EPA says farmers can still spray dicamba on their crops next year — with some new restrictions. The weedkiller has been blamed for drifting into fields, damaging millions of acres of crops.

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California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:11am

The wildfires in California's wine country are coming in the midst of a near-record fire season nationwide. Researchers say a warming climate is a factor.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2017/10/13 - 7:06am

This week, we saw an executive order on health care, a shift in immigration strategy and a step forward on disaster relief.

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Paris Mayor Plans To Eliminate All Non-Electric Cars By 2030

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:16pm

"We are seeing a revolution in terms of mobility and on the issue of climate," said the city's deputy mayor. "We can't wait."

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:31pm

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

(Image credit: Lesley McClurg/KQED)

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Northern California Wildfires Destroy Thousands Of Businesses

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

In much of the area burning in Northern California, agriculture is the main industry. And in the Sonoma and Napa counties, wine is the big player. It's worth billions and employs a 100,000 workers.

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The Mechanics Behind Yellowstone's Old Faithful

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park blows water approximately ever 90 minutes. The the mechanics behind this beautiful mystery have been revealed this week in a new study.

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California Wildfires Not Yet Contained

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

Nearly two dozen deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning across eight counties. They have burned more than 100,000 acres, and they're not under control yet.

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How Firefighters Are Tackling The Northern California Blazes

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant about how firefighters are dealing with the wildfires in Northern California. At least 24 people have died from the fires.

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On Fire, Out West

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 7:06am

Nearly every state west of the Rockies has a fire burning.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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From Their Home, They Saw A Wall Of Flames And Knew They Had To Go

Wed, 2017/10/11 - 1:44pm

Emily Cocks lost her home to the Atlas Fire burning through Napa Valley in California. She speaks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the moment she decided to leave and what she lost.

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Northern California Wildfires Still Burning As Death Toll Is Expected To Rise

Wed, 2017/10/11 - 1:44pm

Winds are expected to pick up and possibly refuel the wildfires spreading across northern California. The fires have left at least 21 people dead. But authorities say the death toll is likely to rise.

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There's Gold In Them Thar Sewage Pipes, Swiss Researchers Say

Wed, 2017/10/11 - 10:42am

Each year, more than $3 million in gold and silver winds up in Swiss wastewater, scientists found. But in most cases, it doesn't make economic sense to extract and recycle the metals.

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