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In Conflict With Trump Agenda, California Sets Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

Sun, 2017/03/26 - 3:26pm

California put itself on a collision course with the Trump Administration as the state's clean air agency moved forward with stricter emissions requirements for trucks and cars.

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In Chile, Landowner Makes The Largest Private Donation Of Land To A Government

Sun, 2017/03/26 - 5:14am

Kristine Tompkins, whose husband founded The North Face clothing company, tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her decision to donate a million acres of land she owns in Patagonia to Chile's government.

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Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Thu, 2017/03/23 - 11:35am

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

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Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 2017/03/22 - 10:09am

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

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Why More Farmers Are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

Wed, 2017/03/22 - 7:11am

Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 2017/03/21 - 8:50pm

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

Sun, 2017/03/19 - 11:00am

Clearing peat land by fire is illegal but remains widespread, since it's the cheapest way to clear land for farming and industry. Still, peat fires were down by more than 80 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

Sun, 2017/03/19 - 4:52am

Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change.

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Norwegian Pension Fund Divests From Companies Behind DAPL

Fri, 2017/03/17 - 1:19pm

KLP is pulling millions of dollars it has invested in companies building and owning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision was reportedly driven by pressure from Norway's indigenous Sami peoples.

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#CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being

Fri, 2017/03/17 - 11:47am

What questions do you have about the toll that climate change is taking — and about possible solutions?

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 2017/03/17 - 1:46am

A rainy winter has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

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A New Zealand River Now Has The Legal Rights Of A Human

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 3:09pm

Lawmakers granted the Whanganui River the rights of legal representation on Wednesday. The vote caps over a century of struggle by the local Maori people, who see the waterway as a sacred ancestor.

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How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 1:55pm

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

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Study: 'Urgent' Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 1:52pm

After another major coral bleaching event, a new study has concluded that securing a future for coral reefs "ultimately requires urgent and rapid action to reduce global warming."

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 9:32am

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.

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Study Finds High Temperatures Killing Large Parts Of Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 1:49am

A new study looks at coral bleaching in 2015-2016. Mia Hoogenboom was a co-author, who says warming ocean temperatures are killing sections of the Great Barrier Reef faster than researchers expected.

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California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 2017/03/15 - 1:38pm

California officials have said they will not back off the fuel efficiency standards established under Obama, despite the Trump administration's plan to revisit those standards.

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Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 2017/03/15 - 1:38pm

President Trump announced he is reopening review of car fuel efficiency standards at a rally Wednesday in Michigan. But his claims that the standards are hurting the auto industry's bottom line come at a time when carmakers are enjoying record profits.

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Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

Wed, 2017/03/15 - 12:20pm

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.

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I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing!

Wed, 2017/03/15 - 6:16am

All reputable seafood guides are science-based, and yet can offer conflicting advice, because they have different goals. Some support sustainable fishers. Others aim to recover declining populations.

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