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3 tribes dealing with the toll of climate change get $75 million to relocate

Thu, 2022/12/01 - 3:01am

The Biden administration gave $75 million in aid to the three communities in Alaska and Washington. Eight other Tribal communities received an additional $40 million.

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Citing risk to endangered whales, Whole Foods hits pause on Maine lobster — for now

Wed, 2022/11/30 - 11:39am

Two seafood monitoring groups downgraded Maine lobster's sustainability ratings, prompting Whole Foods to pause purchases. Here's how environmental groups and state leaders are reacting.

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Northern long-eared bat, devastated by a fungus, is now listed as endangered

Tue, 2022/11/29 - 8:12am

The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease.

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Here is what scientists are doing to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late

Tue, 2022/11/29 - 3:00am

Florida's barrier reef has lost 95% of its coral over the last half-century. Researchers, activists and government agencies are working to restore the reefs and ensure their long-term survival.

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Australia argues against 'endangered' Barrier Reef status

Mon, 2022/11/28 - 11:25pm

Australia's environment minister says her government will urge against the U.N. adding the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered sites, saying worries are a reflection of the previous government.

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The world's largest volcano is erupting for the first time since 1984

Mon, 2022/11/28 - 2:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with volcanologist Wendy Stovall of the U.S. Geological Survey about the eruption of Mauna Loa in Hawaii.

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Cities are losing trees — fast. But it's not too late to change that

Sat, 2022/11/26 - 5:58am

Scott Simon speaks with David Nowak, emeritus research forester at the U.S. Department of Agriculture about how many cities are losing trees.

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Consider making less food and composting leftovers this Thanksgiving, experts say

Thu, 2022/11/24 - 3:01am

By composting leftovers, a process that converts organic materials into nutrient-rich soil, people can help reduce the amount of trash being dumped into landfills.

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High demand and prices for lithium send mines into overdrive

Wed, 2022/11/23 - 3:00am

Demand for batteries has sent lithium prices soaring. But building new mines is controversial and time-consuming. So existing mines are hitting overdrive and boosting production as much as they can.

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In the strawberry fields of Spain, migrants from Africa work in hope of a better life

Mon, 2022/11/21 - 2:26pm

Spain a prolific producer of strawberries, and the jurisdiction of Huelva is where 80% of the country's berries are grown, in an industry that is increasingly demanding.

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In a win for local tribes, major dams along the Klamath River in Oregon will be removed

Sun, 2022/11/20 - 6:04am

Federal regulators have cleared the way for the removal of major dams along the Klamath River in Oregon. Local tribes and environmental groups have worked for decades to bring the dams down.

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How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter

Sun, 2022/11/20 - 4:00am

Ukraine says Russia is using the cold as a weapon against Ukrainians, by targeting the country's ability to heat and power homes. Repair crews are struggling to restore power to damaged areas.

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He started protesting about his middle school principal. Now he's taking on Big Oil

Fri, 2022/11/18 - 2:10pm

This year, Chima Williams of Nigeria was a winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for his activism, targeting Shell for an oil spill in his homeland. Here's how the case went.

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The largest dam demolition in history is approved for a Western river

Thu, 2022/11/17 - 12:54pm

The destruction of four dams on the lower Klamath river will open up hundreds of miles of salmon habitat. U.S. regulators approved the plan Thursday in a unanimous vote.

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Climate talks are wrapping up. The thorniest questions are still unresolved.

Thu, 2022/11/17 - 10:25am

Despite new agreements to limit methane emissions and beef up weather forecasts, vulnerable countries aren't getting any more help and the Earth is headed for catastrophic warming.

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Coping with climate change: Advice for kids — from kids

Thu, 2022/11/17 - 3:00am

Climate anxiety is on the rise in younger generations, as they face inheriting a hotter planet. Here's their advice on how to cope with those feelings.

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Low-income countries want more money for climate damage. They're unlikely to get it.

Wed, 2022/11/16 - 4:24pm

Wealthy nations may instead reshuffle money earmarked for other goals like limiting and adapting to global warming. That could hamstring efforts to deal with climate change in low-income countries

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What a lettuce farm in Senegal reveals about climate-driven migration in Africa

Wed, 2022/11/16 - 2:19pm

People from all over West Africa come to Rufisque in western Senegal to labor in the lettuce fields – planting seeds and harvesting vegetables.

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How Senegal's artists are changing the system with a mic and spray paint

Tue, 2022/11/15 - 2:33pm

A cultural center in Senegal is creating a safe space where artists can use their platform to speak about climate change while also finding opportunities in the art and music scene.

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FDA gives safety nod to 'no kill' meat, bringing it closer to sale in the U.S.

Mon, 2022/11/14 - 3:00am

The FDA has taken a first step towards green-lighting cultivated meat. The agency gave a safety nod to Upside Foods, which provided documentation to show their meat grown from animal cells is safe.

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