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Yesterday โ€” July 20th 2018Environment

Why Heat Waves Are More Challenging For Pregnant Women

By Courtney Collins

Forecasters say Friday should be the hottest July 20 ever in North Texas with temperatures reaching at least 107 degrees. Think you're hot? Think about if you were a pregnant mom.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

How Luxury Hotels And Restaurants In Developing Countries Fight Food Waste

By Laura Ratliff
A hotel employee prepares coconut husks for recycling into rope at the luxury Soneva Fushi island resort in the Maldives. It

The United Nations says nearly one-fourth of food purchases in hotels and restaurants are thrown away. Luxury properties in Mexico, India, and elsewhere are trying programs to bring that figure down.

(Image credit: Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2018 at 14:02

EPA Inspector General Blames 'Management Weakness' In Flint Response

By Steve Carmody

The EPA's internal watchdog says "management weakness" delayed the federal government's response to the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11
Before yesterdayEnvironment

How The Campaign To Ban Plastic Straws Got Its Start

By Stacey Vanek Smith

As more companies announce bans on plastic straws, NPR's Planet Money talks to one of the originators of the campaign against plastic straws to learn the strategic choices that made this campaign catch on.

  • July 19th 2018 at 22:22

Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures

By Merrit Kennedy
Barnacle geese have sped up their migration to their breeding grounds because of warming Arctic temperatures.

Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they're ready, the babies have missed the best food.

(Image credit: Thomas Lameris/NIOO-KNAW)

  • July 19th 2018 at 19:59

Photographer Captures The Contradictions Of Otherworldly Antarctica

By Maureen Pao
Icebergs mark the approach to the Antarctic Peninsula. Trying to catch the predawn light means being on deck well before the 3:15 a.m. sunrise, when subtler hues bathe the ice forms.

WAMU's Tyrone Turner was mesmerized by the majestic ice and surprised by how he felt in the presence of these massive structures.

(Image credit: Tyrone Turner / WAMU)

  • July 19th 2018 at 15:24

Marriott Follows Starbucks In Dropping Plastic Straws

By Avie Schneider
Marriott International became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July.

The giant hotel chain became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2018 at 17:28

Kilauea 'Lava Bomb' Hits Tour Boat; Explosion Injures 23

By Vanessa Romo
A tour boat was damaged and 23 people injured when lava crashed through the roof of the vessel off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday.

A basketball-sized lava bomb slammed through the roof of a tour boat near an active fissure of the Hawaiian volcano early Monday morning, showering the vessel with debris.

(Image credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources/AP)

  • July 17th 2018 at 01:53

Surfing For Science: A New Way To Gather Data For Ocean And Coastal Research

By Nathan Rott

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography hope to turn surfers into citizen scientists by equipping them with a "smartfin" that gathers data as they surf.

  • July 16th 2018 at 23:09

Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

By Rebecca Hersher
Verizon crews pump water from an access tunnel in Manhattan in 2012 after flooding from Superstorm Sandy knocked out underground Internet cables.

The Internet relies on a network of cables, many buried underground along U.S. coastlines. A new analysis finds sea level rise could put thousands of miles of cable underwater in the next 15 years.

(Image credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2018 at 20:53

Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

By Allison Aubrey
Research suggests that hot weather can slow our brains down.

Hot weather can influence cognitive performance, according to new research. Young adults living in non-air-conditioned dorms during a heat wave performed worse on math and attention tests.

(Image credit: Marcus Butt / Ikon/Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2018 at 11:09

'Buzz' Offers An Adoration For Bees Amid Continued Die-Offs

By Barbara J. King
Buzz by Thor Hanson.

The severity of the enormous reduction in bee numbers over the past decade is at the heart of a new book by conservation biologist Thor Hanson, whose appreciation for the pollinators shines through.

(Image credit: Samantha Clark/NPR)

  • July 15th 2018 at 15:01

Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland

By Maggie Penman
Scientists say the iceberg is unstable and could be a threat to the village nearby.

The giant mountain of ice towers is threatening a tiny village, causing authorities to evacuate residents.

(Image credit: Karl Petersen /AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 15th 2018 at 00:04

In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge

By Camila Domonoske
Drone footage captured by Anthony Murphy shows the outline of an ancient henge, visible in the pattern of crops grown in a field near Newgrange, Ireland.

As crops get thirsty in Ireland, some plants are faring better than others. Aerial photos show a pattern in crop growth near Newgrange, believed to be the footprint of a previously unknown henge.

(Image credit: Anthony Murphy/Mythical Ireland)

  • July 14th 2018 at 01:39

Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

By Colin Dwyer
Smokestacks loom over Bull Island, northeast of Dublin, in 2008.

The lower house of parliament OK'd the bill, which is likely to sail through the upper house too. "We are ready to think and act beyond narrow short-term and vested interests," one lawmaker vowed.

(Image credit: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

  • July 13th 2018 at 00:16

A New Look At An Old Way To Store Energy

By Dan Charles

Solar power is growing fast, but there need to be ways to store that power for use at night. The biggest energy storage technology involves pumping water up a mountain.

  • July 12th 2018 at 11:21

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Record On The Environment

By Jeff Brady

Kavanaugh has a skeptical view of agencies that seek to expand their reach. Environmental groups worry he may be willing to strike down regulations designed to address issues such as climate change.

  • July 11th 2018 at 10:59

Experts Say Lawsuit Over Flint Water Crisis Is An Uphill Battle

By Tracy Samilton

Michigan and the city of Flint will argue Wednesday that the lawsuit they face over the city's water crisis should be dismissed. States are generally shielded from lawsuits.

  • July 11th 2018 at 10:59

Spotted Lanternfly Could Be Worst Invasive Species In 150 Years

By Susan Phillips

International shipping sometimes brings unwanted guests: invasive species. The latest invader, the spotted lanternfly, threatens fruit and hardwoods. It's recently spread to Pennsylvania.

  • July 10th 2018 at 22:27

How Phoenix Is Trying To Keep People Cool As Temperatures Rise

As the climate warms, temperatures are spiking and heat waves are more frequent. Phoenix — one of the country's hottest cities — aims to be a model in figuring out how to keep people cool.

  • July 9th 2018 at 22:58
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