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Environmentalists Push For Ban On Balloons

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 2:50pm

First it was plastic bags, then plastic straws. Now environmental groups are urging a ban on balloons. The anti-balloon campaign is happening at Clemson University football games, and in a small Rhode Island community.

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Rain Starts To Slow After Flooding Displaces 800,000 In Southern Indian State

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 2:13pm

Tens of thousands of people have been rescued, but thousands more are still stranded after massive flooding and landslides in India's Kerala state.

(Image credit: Aijaz Rahi/AP)

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6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 11:16am

Sunday's earthquake caused power outages and landslides as the island is still recovering from another quake earlier this month that killed more than 400 people.

(Image credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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Mountain Gets A Downgrade To A Hill

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 4:57am

A mountain in Wales has been downgraded to a hill after a new satellite survey.

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Oil And Gas Drilling Could Endanger U.S. Archaeological Sites

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 4:57am

A loophole in Pennsylvania law lets companies drill oil and gas wells in farms and fields where Native American and Colonial artifacts are buried.

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WATCH: Massive 'Fire Tornado' Revealed In Footage Released By Officials

Fri, 2018/08/17 - 1:52pm

California authorities say the behemoth killed a firefighter battling the Carr Fire last month. Larger than three football fields, the tornado was unlike anything they'd seen. Now, they have video.

(Image credit: Cal Fire via AP)

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Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?

Fri, 2018/08/17 - 7:04am

It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we've made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?

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Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

Fri, 2018/08/17 - 7:03am

Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.

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How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

Thu, 2018/08/16 - 1:33pm

When wildfire starts, a lot of people decide what areas should burn, and where a fire should be fought. One of those people is an archaeologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Monsoon Hammers India With 'Unprecedented Flood Havoc,' Killing Scores Of People

Thu, 2018/08/16 - 11:47am

The heavy rains hitting the popular tourist destination of Kerala have loosed deadly floods and landslides. "Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale," says a local leader.

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By Creating Habitats For Monarch Butterflies In Cities, Scientists Hope To Save Them

Wed, 2018/08/15 - 2:34pm

As summer draws to a close, conservationists are getting ready for the annual Monarch butterfly migration. One scientist thinks the best way to help the migration is to create more Monarch habitats in big cities.

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Historic Cabins In Montana Destroyed By Wildfires

Wed, 2018/08/15 - 1:34pm

In Montana, the Howe Ridge Fire has burned nearly all the cabins at Kelly's Camp which is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

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2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change

Wed, 2018/08/15 - 10:59am

Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.

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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

Wed, 2018/08/15 - 8:07am

Climate change is causing more severe flooding around the country, and a disproportionate number of Native American communities are on the front lines.

(Image credit: Joe Proudman/UC Davis)

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Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide

Tue, 2018/08/14 - 2:04pm

A toxic algae bloom is killing fish, turtles and dolphins and discouraging tourists from visiting Florida's Gulf Coast. It's not the first such event, but it is especially intense.

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Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

Tue, 2018/08/14 - 6:00am

Research shows that 400 female blue orchard bees are as effective at pollinating almonds as the more than 10,000 bees in a honeybee hive. But they reproduce slowly and are prone to wandering.

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In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'

Fri, 2018/08/10 - 5:42pm

As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.

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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

Fri, 2018/08/10 - 2:41pm

Inside the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state, acoustics experts have attempted to preserve a location free of human-made noise. They call it One Square Inch of Silence.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

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From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

Fri, 2018/08/10 - 7:27am

Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

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California Wildfires Set Off Political Fight Over Who Should Pay For Damage

Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:32pm

One controversial topic is whether utilities should have to pay for damage their equipment causes — even if the companies followed state safety regulations and laws.

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