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Today โ€” September 18th 2018Environment

Flooding From Hurricane Florence Also Poses Environmental Risks

Flood waters breached a pit of coal ash at a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., spilling heavy metals into a nearby lake. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Frank Holleman at the Southern Environmental Law Center about the risks of coal ash water contamination.

  • September 17th 2018 at 23:14
Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2018Environment

Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.

By Cassandra Profita
Double Mountain Brewery founder Matt Swihart grabs freshly bottled pale ale from the bottling line in Hood River. The ale is among the first to be sold in Oregon

The new beer bottles can be refilled up to 40 times and are designed to be easily separated from the rest of the glass in the deposit system, ensuring that they get refilled instead of recycled.

(Image credit: Cassandra Profita/OPB/Earthfix)

  • September 17th 2018 at 14:02

Giant 'Pac-Man' Launched To Gobble Garbage Patch

Last Saturday, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup dispatched a device to help clean up litter in the Pacific Ocean. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Boyan Slat, the young CEO who came up with the idea.

  • September 16th 2018 at 23:15
Before yesterdayEnvironment

A New Wildlife Refuge On The Grounds Around An Old Nuclear Weapons Plant

By Dan Boyce
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge sits on land surrounding the famous Rocky Flats Nuclear Reservation that produced nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

Land around the shuttered weapons production facility in Colorado known as Rocky Flats is slated to reopen today as a wildlife refuge. But some are questioning whether it's too soon to be safe.

(Image credit: Dan Boyce for NPR)

  • September 15th 2018 at 14:26

Florence Evacuees Face 4 Nights In A Shelter, And No End In Sight

By Rebecca Hersher
Candace and Lawanda Jones are taking shelter at Conway High School in Conway, S.C.

Residents who evacuated early in the week have already been sleeping in shelters for days. But Tropical Storm Florence still has days of rain and wind to go.

(Image credit: John W. Poole/NPR)

  • September 15th 2018 at 03:46

Cajun Navy Rescue Efforts Underway In The Carolinas

Todd Terrell, founder and president of the United Cajun Navy joins NPR's Ari Shapiro to talk about the volunteer group's rescue efforts underway in the Carolinas.

  • September 14th 2018 at 22:26

Caught In Hurricane Florence's Path

Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast early Friday morning. NPR hears from residents who witnessed the storm's damage.

  • September 14th 2018 at 22:26

Hurricane Florence: Rescue Efforts Underway In North Carolina

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Chris Coudriet, county manager for New Hanover County, about the rescue efforts underway in and around Wilmington, N.C.

  • September 14th 2018 at 22:26

Did Cape Town Learn From 'Day Zero'?

By Ari Shapiro

Cape Town, South Africa, averted the "Day Zero" water crisis that made headlines earlier this year, but is the close call enough to change the city's water consumption habits?

  • September 14th 2018 at 22:26

Typhoon Heads Towards The Philippines

By Julie McCarthy

A massive typhoon is headed towards northern Thailand, expected to make landfall today.

  • September 14th 2018 at 22:26

September Is Peak Hurricane Season. Why Is That?

By Laurel Wamsley
A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States on Friday.

September 10 is the day you're statistically most likely to find a tropical cyclone somewhere in the Atlantic basin. The reason has to do with both wind and water.

(Image credit: NOAA/AP)

  • September 14th 2018 at 21:28

Could A Ban On Fishing In International Waters Become A Reality?

By Alastair Bland
Large fishing boats use voluminous trawl nets, longlines miles in length, and other industrial gear to catch fish on the high seas, which can destroy habitats and kill other sea life.

As the United Nations meets to discuss high-seas biodiversity, scientists and activists say that while a fishing ban could profoundly help protect sea life, it may also be impossible to enforce.

(Image credit: Christopher Costello/NPR)

  • September 14th 2018 at 14:02

Governors And Mayors Pledge More Emissions Cuts To Fight Climate Change

By Lauren Sommer

Governors and mayors from around the world are making new pledges to cut carbon emissions. They're in San Francisco this week, trying to counter the Trump administration's rollbacks on climate change.

  • September 14th 2018 at 13:04

North Carolina Coastal Development Policy

The risk of hurricanes hasn't stopped developers from building along the state's coast. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Director Rick Luettich.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

Hurricane Florence Approaches The Carolinas

By Debbie Elliott

Forecasters and residents are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence, which threatens the coast and inland areas with fierce winds, a big storm surge and plenty of rain.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

FEMA Associate Administrator On Hurricane Florence

FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard joins NPR's Audie Cornish to talk about FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria, and preparations for Hurricane Florence.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

What Is The Waffle House Index?

FEMA sometimes uses an unexpected metric to figure out how bad storms will be: the Waffle House Index. Hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish explain the significance of the southern breakfast chain in federal disaster preparation.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

What Hurricane Florence Tells Us About Climate Change

By Christopher Joyce

Florence is wetter, wider — and maybe slower, due to climate change, according to new research. And flood insurance isn't keeping up with how climate change is altering hurricanes.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

Kentucky County Water Crisis

By Kat Lonsdorf

In Martin County, Ky., many residents haven't drunk water from their taps in years. The county is one of the poorest in America, and its water infrastructure is crumbling.

  • September 13th 2018 at 22:25

Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By European Drought

By Eleanor Beardsley
The champagne grape harvest in northeastern France, like this one near Mailly-Champagne, started early this year due to lack of rain.

A record heat wave ruined crops across Europe this summer, but not all crops. Champagne growers are ecstatic over a bumper crop of grapes this year. Vintage 2018 is expected to be one of the best.

(Image credit: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images)

  • September 13th 2018 at 11:24
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