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Today β€” July 17th 2019Environment

Future Of Key Farming Research Uncertain As 2/3 Of USDA Staff Say They Won't Move

By Merrit Kennedy
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, shown here on Capitol Hill in April, announced last month that most staff from two USDA research agencies were being relocated to the Kansas City region.

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 12:35
Yesterday β€” July 16th 2019Environment

Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths

By Somini Sengupta

The disaster relief agency issued new guidlines to help city leaders cope with rising global temperatures.

Florida's Corals Are Dying Off, But It's Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says

By Pien Huang
Diver swimming over Elkhorn Coral in the Florida Keys. Elevated nutrients as well as elevated temperatures are causing a massive loss of this iconic branching species in Florida.

A new study from the Florida Keys shows that a lot of the stress on corals comes from local sources, providing hope that community action can help save them.

(Image credit: JW Porter/University of Georgia)

  • July 16th 2019 at 22:26

The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

By Rebecca Hersher
Container ships and other maritime vessels currently run on pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. The world

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

(Image credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2019 at 15:38

As Federal Regulations Lag, States Take Action Against PFAS Chemicals

By Annie Ropeik

Frustrated with federal inaction, states such as New Hampshire, are taking their own measures against a class of pollutants known as "forever chemicals"

  • July 16th 2019 at 11:06
Before yesterdayEnvironment

E.P.A. Broke Rules in Shake-Up of Science Panels, Federal Watchdog Says

By Lisa Friedman

The Government Accountability Office found that the administration “did not consistently ensure” that appointees to E.P.A. advisory boards met federal ethics requirements.

Giant Shipper Bets Big On Ending Its Carbon Emissions. Will It Pay Off?

By Camila Domonoske
The Danish company Maersk has been shipping goods around the world since the age of steamships. Now it wants to usher in a new era, with carbon neutral transport.

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has set a massive goal for itself: going carbon neutral by 2050. This would be good for the world. But how would it be good for the bottom line?

(Image credit: David Hecker/Getty Images)

  • July 15th 2019 at 19:09

Review: In Venice, an Opera Masks Climate Crisis in a Gentle Tune

By Joshua Barone

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” which won the top prize at this year’s Venice Biennale, portrays a deceptively relaxing day at the beach.

Judge Orders Madrid To Continue, For Now, With Car Pollution Measures

By Lucia Benavides

An attempt by the new conservative mayor of Madrid to roll back the city's innovative vehicle pollution controls has Spanish environmentalists fuming, and heading for the courts.

  • July 15th 2019 at 11:01

In Puerto Rico, The Campaign For A Hurricane Proof House

By Marisa PeΓ±aloza
Astrid Diaz is a well-known architect in Puerto Rico and has designed a new modular home resistant to hurricane-force winds.

In the nearly two years since Hurricane Maria, about half a million people still don't have a safe affordable home. One architect is working to change that.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

  • July 14th 2019 at 23:13

Louisiana Cleanup Underway As Barry Moves North

By Frank Morris

Tropical Storm Barry dropped plenty of rain, caused lots of flooding, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands. Now the cleanup gets underway as the storm moves north.

  • July 14th 2019 at 23:08

A Weakened Tropical Depression Barry Creeps North, But Heavy Rain Remains A Concern

By Bobby Allyn
Tyler Holland guides his bike through the water as winds from Tropical Storm Barry push water from Lake Pontchartrain over the seawall Saturday.

Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 3 to 5 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 10 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

  • July 14th 2019 at 17:40

Federal Clampdown On Burning Man Imperils Festival's Free Spirit Ethos, Say Burners

By Emma Bowman
Art Car at Burning Man 2017

As the Bureau of Land Management tightens its grip on the annual gathering's population growth at Nevada's Black Rock desert, a freewheeling community finds its core identity under threat.

(Image credit: Laura Beltrán Villamizar/NPR)

  • July 14th 2019 at 13:01

Slow-Moving Tropical Storm Stunts Louisiana Disaster Plans

By Rebecca Hersher

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Barry are expected from Florida to Louisiana as the eye of the disorganized storm moves onto land. Flooding is the big concern.

  • July 13th 2019 at 23:12

Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms β€” Storms Like Barry

By Rebecca Hersher
Clouds from Tropical Storm Barry spin over downtown New Orleans on Saturday. The storm has been fueled by climate change, which is also exacerbating potential flooding.

The water in the Gulf of Mexico is hot and the Mississippi River is high. That could spell disaster for Louisiana.

(Image credit: Matthew Hinton/AP)

  • July 13th 2019 at 18:02

Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?

By Martha Bebinger
Dr. Mary Rice walks with Michael Howard at a Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare clinic in Chealsea, Mass, as they test his oxygen levels with the addition of oxygen from a portable tank. He has COPD, a progressive lung disease that can be exacerbated by heat and humidity.

Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

  • July 13th 2019 at 14:26

E.P.A. Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits

By Coral Davenport

The agency is preparing to weaken rules that, for a quarter-century, have given communities a voice in deciding how much industrial pollution may legally be released nearby.