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Food World Ramps Up The War On Meat

Sat, 2021/05/08 - 1:51pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with food writer Mark Bittman about the growing movement to ditch beef.

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Biden's Civilian Climate Corps Would Tackle Climate Change, Care For Public Lands

Fri, 2021/05/07 - 1:35pm

One of President Biden's most popular infrastructure proposals hearkens back to FDR's New Deal. A Civilian Climate Corps would aim to tackle climate change while caring for public lands.

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Environmental Concerns Arise Over Energy Needed To Mine Bitcoin

Fri, 2021/05/07 - 2:03am

In one upstate New York community, a Bitcoin mining operation is drawing criticism from people who say the natural gas burned to make the cryptocurrency is causing too much pollution.

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Goodwill Doesn't Want Your Broken Toaster

Thu, 2021/05/06 - 1:37pm

"Wish-cyclers" are donating millions of pounds of broken goods and trash to Goodwill.

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Researchers Find Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Expected

Thu, 2021/05/06 - 2:07am

A new study shows how much and how fast nearly every glacier is melting. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Bob McNabb, one of the study's authors, about what this means for the future.

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Deepening Drought Holds 'Ominous' Signs For Wildfire Threat In The West

Thu, 2021/05/06 - 2:00am

After one of the most destructive and extreme wildfire seasons in modern history, Californians are bracing again. Widening drought is creating conditions even worse than last year.

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Montana Environmentalist Is Biden's Pick To Head Bureau Of Land Management

Wed, 2021/05/05 - 1:36pm

President Biden has nominated a Montana environmentalist to push his agenda calling for millions of dollars to restore ecosystems and clean water sources over some 600 million acres of public land.

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Ron DeSantis Pushes Coastal 'Resilience' While Doing Little To Tackle Climate Change

Wed, 2021/05/05 - 1:12pm

The Florida governor has made the environment a priority, dedicating millions to water quality and coastal infrastructure. But critics say he ignores the biggest threat: carbon emissions.

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Trees Talk To Each Other. 'Mother Tree' Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too

Tue, 2021/05/04 - 11:39am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard says trees are "social creatures" that communicate with each other in remarkable ways — including warning each other of danger and sharing nutrients at critical times.

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A Giant Organic Farm Faces Criticism That It's Harming The Environment

Mon, 2021/05/03 - 1:04pm

A huge organic farm that's backed by General Mills is facing accusations that it's doing more environmental harm than good. The project shows the difficulties of delivering on green promises.

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Colorado Mayor Wants All Electric Car Chargers To Be Universal

Mon, 2021/05/03 - 2:10am

As more companies install private fast-chargers for their own electric car owners, there are fears of a frustrating patchwork of charging stations. One small-town mayor took on the issue.

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How Healthy Is The Soil On Your Farm? 'Soil Your Undies' To Find Out

Sun, 2021/05/02 - 5:00am

In Australia, farmers are burying underwear to gauge soil health.

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Got Mud? For Coastal Cities, Humble Dirt Has Become A Hot Commodity

Sat, 2021/05/01 - 4:28am

Coastal communities will need massive amounts of mud and dirt to protect their shorelines from rising seas. One federal agency has it, but most is disposed of instead of reused.

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Big Oil Is Seeing Big Earnings Again

Fri, 2021/04/30 - 1:38pm

The world's oil and gas mega-companies are raking it in again. The earnings reflect the remarkable comeback in the global economy, powered by U.S. growth, which is sharply pushing up demand for oil.

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Do Carbon Offsets Actually Work? 'Planet Money' Takes A Look

Fri, 2021/04/30 - 1:19pm

More and more companies are pledging to cut carbon emissions. Many say they'll buy carbon offsets that save forests, but counting how much carbon is actually saved is fuzzy math.

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Sonia Altizer: What Can We Learn From The Migration Of Monarch Butterflies?

Fri, 2021/04/30 - 5:18am

Monarch butterflies fly the longest two-way migration of any insect species. Ecologist Sonia Altizer shares how these intrepid butterflies make the journey — and how it's being threatened.

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German Court Orders Revisions To Climate Law, Citing 'Major Burdens' On Youth

Thu, 2021/04/29 - 1:20pm

Germany's top court rejected some of the activists' arguments but agreed that the country's climate act violates their fundamental rights by not specifying emissions reduction targets after 2030.

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Senate Votes To Restore Regulations On Climate-Warming Methane Emissions

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 1:55pm

The Trump administration rolled back the regulations last year, a move that was so controversial even some oil companies opposed it. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

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Video Leaks Of NRA's Wayne LaPierre Missing His Mark On Elephant Hunt

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 7:55am

"I'm not sure where you're shooting," a guide tells the longtime head of the National Rifle Association. The footage had reportedly been suppressed for years.

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California's 'White Gold' Rush: Lithium In Demand Amid Surge In Electric Vehicles

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 2:00am

Automakers worry about a shortage of key minerals just as production of electric vehicles is set to spike. The Biden administration has called for boosting domestic production of them.

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