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3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 2017/12/13 - 2:41pm

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:52am

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

Wed, 2017/12/13 - 9:33am

The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 2:33pm

The Thomas Fire is now the fifth-largest fire in modern California history. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with battalion chief Fred Burris about what battling this wildfire is like.

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Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 2:03pm

Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 9:09am

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by midcentury. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

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Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

Mon, 2017/12/11 - 6:57pm

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."

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California Officials Say Thomas Fire Is The Fifth Largest In State History

Mon, 2017/12/11 - 2:38pm

California officials say the Thomas Fire advancing on Santa Barbara is now the fifth worst in state history. This announcement comes after firefighters lost ground in containing it over the weekend.

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How 311 Helped Understand Air Pollution After Harvey

Sun, 2017/12/10 - 5:46am

NPR has obtained recordings of calls made by Houston residents fearful about putrid odors in the hours and days after Hurricane Harvey started flooding the city's petrochemical infrastructure.

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

Sat, 2017/12/09 - 6:00am

The U.S. ships a big chunk of its recycled goods to China. But China doesn't want them anymore, and that's leaving the recycling industry in turmoil.

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Thoroughbred Horses Killed In California Wildfire

Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:22pm

NPR'S Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dan Dunham, trainer at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. Several thoroughbred horses were killed there, caught in a California wildfire.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Flee California Wildfires

Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:22pm

The fires in Southern California have forced many residents to evacuate multiple times within just a few days. That's leading to confusion about where to head next.

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Can Your Ceramic Cookware Give You Lead Poisoning?

Fri, 2017/12/08 - 6:00am

Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

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Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 4:13pm

For the first time, government statistics show America's pigs, cattle, and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Public health advocates call the new figures encouraging.

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California Wildfires Fanned By Santa Ana Winds

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 2:38pm

The largest wildfire in Southern California is in Ventura County north of Los Angeles. Fast-moving winds have caused the fire to scorch more than 95,000 acres since Monday night.

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Violence In Jerusalem Follows Trump's Decision To Recognize City As Israel's Capital

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 2:38pm

Palestinians demonstrated and clashed with Israeli troops in protest of President Trump's declaring the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But mostly they're considering their next steps.

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 1:22pm

After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

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Does Disaster Relief Favor Some States Over Others?

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 3:18am

California House members have sent a letter requesting $4.4 billion in federal wildfire relief. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the Republican lawmakers who signed the letter.

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Senior Volkswagen Executive Sentenced In Diesel-Emissions Scandal

Wed, 2017/12/06 - 4:01pm

Oliver Schmidt admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by misleading federal regulators about the emissions of diesel cars and violating clean air laws.

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Dozens Of Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wed, 2017/12/06 - 3:04pm

Mayors from across the country also agreed to meet goals similar to those in the Paris climate accord, which President Trump announced earlier this year the U.S. would withdraw from.

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