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Some cities cancel Fourth of July fireworks because of shortages and fire concerns

Mon, 2022/06/27 - 5:46pm

Some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and supply chain issues.

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Tokyo warned of power crunch as Japan endures heat wave

Sun, 2022/06/26 - 11:56pm

Weather officials announce the earliest end to the country's annual summer rainy season since the Japan Meteorological Agency began keeping records in 1951.

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An Aquinnah Wampanoag elder is restoring some land to what it was before colonists

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 1:47pm

On the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe are trying to restore land to the way it looked, smelled and sounded pre-colonialism.

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Think all bacteria are microscopic? Tell that to these centimeter-long monsters

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 11:01am

The largest bacteria known to science have been discovered in the Caribbean. They're visible to the naked eye and surprisingly complex.

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How 'superworms' could help solve the trash crisis

Thu, 2022/06/23 - 2:08am

A new study from Australia shows that larvae of the darkling beetle can eat polystyrene — the material behind plastic foam.

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The Supreme Court may issue a ruling that could hurt Biden's climate change plans

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 1:58pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could limit the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate climate-warming greenhouse gasses.

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PFAS 'forever chemicals' are everywhere. Here's what you should know about them

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 1:35pm

PFAS are all around us, so how do we navigate a world filled with harmful chemicals? We speak to an expert who guides us through what PFAS are, why they're a problem, and what can be done about them.

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The human sensory experience is limited. Journey into the world that animals know

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 9:09am

In his new book, An Immense World, science writer Ed Yong explores the diversity of perception in the animal world — including echolocation, magnetic fields and ultraviolet vision.

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Yellowstone National Park partially reopens after floods

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 8:32am

Despite some major roads still being washed out, three of the massive park's five entrances opened this morning, to lines hundreds of cars long.

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Want to hunt pythons in Florida this summer? This professional has tips

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 2:00am

Registration has opened for Florida's annual python hunting challenge. The competition is not for the faint of heart.

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Americans connect extreme heat and climate change to their health, a survey finds

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 2:00am

A new NPR survey shows 11% of Americans have experienced extreme heat in the past five years and had health problems stemming from a lack of air conditioning at home.

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More than 900 people have reportedly been killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan

Wed, 2022/06/22 - 12:18am

The hardest hit areas were remote farming villages in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. "All the village completely is destroyed," said one man, showing collapsed homes on a cell phone video.

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The tale of a distressed American town on the doorstep of a natural paradise

Tue, 2022/06/21 - 3:30am

The town of Orick sits just steps away from Redwood National Park. It has prime real estate for recreation and tourism, so why are its motels and restaurants shuttered and its residents impoverished?

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You've likely been affected by climate change. Your long-term finances might be, too

Tue, 2022/06/21 - 2:14am

Most Americans have recently been affected by extreme weather and support efforts to protect against future disasters, a new survey finds. And many people suffer long-term financial problems.

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If you can't get in to Yellowstone, here are some ways to salvage your trip

Tue, 2022/06/21 - 2:00am

Yellowstone is working to fully reopen, but there are new entry restrictions and many could be turned away at the gates. Here are some other vacation options nearby that are worth your while.

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World's largest freshwater fish, almost 660 pounds, is found in Cambodia

Mon, 2022/06/20 - 11:29pm

Scientists say a fisherman caught a giant stingray that measured almost 13 feet from snout to tail in the Mekong River.

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Encore: A Hispanic community demands protection from pollutants

Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

A Hispanic community is demanding action from state regulators after enduring decades of pollution from a neighboring steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado.

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Yellowstone floods highlight gaps in the government's infrastructure plan

Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

Historic floods in Yellowstone National Park raise questions about long-term government efforts to fix the nation's infrastructure and curb climate change.

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A New Mexico firewatcher describes watching his world burn

Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

Philip Connors deeply loves the forest he has watched over every summer for the past 20 years. But it was a different forest two decades ago, and will be even more changed once the flames die down.

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The northern half of Yellowstone National Park may remain closed the rest of the year

Sat, 2022/06/18 - 5:01am

Catastrophic damage by flooding earlier this week in Yellowstone National Park likely means that the northern half of the park will remain closed the rest of the year.

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