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Today โ€” May 27th 2019Environment

For NPR Student Podcast Challenge, Many Students Tackle Climate Change

By Anya Kamenetz

This year, NPR challenged students across the country to make podcasts about anything. Hundreds of students took on one topic: climate change.

  • May 26th 2019 at 23:06
Yesterday โ€” May 26th 2019Environment

South Africa's Carbon Tax Set To Go Into Effect Next Week

By Jenny Gathright
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives for his swearing-in ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday. Ramaphosa signed a carbon tax into law on Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the measure into law on Sunday. Some 40 countries have adopted various programs aimed at changing the price of carbon.

(Image credit: Jerome Delay/AP)

  • May 26th 2019 at 20:22

Likely Tornado Kills At Least 2 In Oklahoma

By Jenny Gathright
Emergency workers search through debris from a mobile home park in El Reno, Okla. early Sunday.

The storm struck the city of El Reno late Saturday night, causing severe damage to a motel and mobile home park.

(Image credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

  • May 26th 2019 at 15:31
Before yesterdayEnvironment

Botswana Lifts Its Ban On Elephant Hunting

By Sasha Ingber
Elephants eat foliage at Botswana

Fewer than 400 licenses will be granted annually, the government of Botswana said Thursday. Conservationists are decrying the decision as horrific and unethical.

(Image credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • May 24th 2019 at 01:35

Why Banning Plastic Grocery Bags Could Be A Bad Move

By Greg Rosalsky

Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can do great harms to wildlife. Cities and states across the country are banning plastic bags, but those bans may be having unintended consequences.

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:02

Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites

By Jeff Brady
Denise Brinley is executive director at the Pennsylvania Governor

Coal-fired power plants keep closing, and communities around the country must decide what to do with those sites. Pennsylvania has a plan, aiming to create new jobs where old ones have been lost.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:00

Lawyer Who Handled Sept. 11 Victims Fund To Mediate Talks Between Bayer, Plaintiffs

By Vanessa Romo
Kenneth Feinberg has been appointed to oversee talks between Bayer

Kenneth Feinberg has been tapped to facilitate talks between the company's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives over the next two weeks.

(Image credit: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 23:08

Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened

By Amy Mayer
Farmers have produced record or near-record soybean crops in recent years.

American farmers rely heavily on selling their goods overseas. As the trade war heats up again, many Midwest soybean farmers have huge surpluses and are receiving government aid.

(Image credit: Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 11:01

Floods That Hit The Midwest In March Continue To Affect The Farm Economy

By Allison Mollenkamp

Midwest Farmers are still cleaning up from record floods in March. The work may delay or even prevent planting for some, which will have ripple effects throughout the U.S. agriculture sector.

  • May 21st 2019 at 22:23

Wildlife Tourism And Other Dangers Facing Our Most Coveted Species

What's behind those cute selfies with wild animals?

(Image credit: Kirsten Luce / National Geographic)

  • May 21st 2019 at 17:06

When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

By Richard Harris
An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids

New cases of asthma dropped dramatically in Los Angeles communities where air quality improved the most over 20 years. The results illustrate health benefits from pollution control.

(Image credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 21st 2019 at 17:22

VIDEO: At 'Volcano Summer Camp,' Safety Is A Blast

By Madeline K. Sofia
 Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they

Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous, which is why a group of scientists from around the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • May 21st 2019 at 11:01

After Grim Deaths In The Borderlands, An Effort To Find Out Who Migrants Were

By John Burnett
A sheriff

More than 200 migrants die attempting to cross the Southwest border each year. Slowly, scientists at a Texas laboratory are seeking the story of their bones.

(Image credit: Katie Hayes Luke for NPR)

  • May 21st 2019 at 11:00

Climate Change And Its Effect On The Australian Elections

Australians headed to the polls this weekend. Some people ate sausages after.

(Image credit: PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 20th 2019 at 17:06

Oil Spill Seeping Into Gulf Of Mexico Contained After 14 Years, Coast Guard Says

By Vanessa Romo
The wake of a supply vessel heading toward a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015. The Coast Guard says it has contained the oil spill.

The Taylor Energy oil spill began after Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide and caused the company's oil platform to topple and sink.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

  • May 17th 2019 at 05:21

EPA Watchdog Finds Ex-Chief Scott Pruitt Spent $124,000 On 'Excessive' Airfare

By Nathan Rott
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was among the most controversial of President Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog has found $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former administrator Scott Pruitt. It suggests the agency find a way to recover those costs.

(Image credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2019 at 21:24

Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

By Pam Fessler
An employee of the District of Columbia Housing Authority walks on the grounds of a public housing complex called Richardson Dwellings in Northeast Washington, D.C. The Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to repair and replace it.

Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.

(Image credit: Amr Alfiky/NPR)

  • May 16th 2019 at 17:39

Remote Island Chain Has Few People โ€” But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

By Christopher Joyce
Debris blankets the north side of one of the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean. Researchers found a huge amount of plastic both onshore and buried in the sand.

The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure debris because almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Silke Stuckenbrock)

  • May 16th 2019 at 15:00

PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

By Richard Gonzales
Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. State officials say the fire was caused by PG&E power lines.

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

(Image credit: Terry Chea/AP)

  • May 16th 2019 at 04:43

Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden 'Middle-Of-The-Road Approach' On Climate Change

By Jessica Taylor
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a rally at Howard University on Monday. The Sunrise Movement held an event for the final stop of the "Road to a Green New Deal" tour to "explore what the pain of the climate crisis looks like in D.C. and for the country and what the promise of the Green New Deal means."

"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives," the congresswoman said.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • May 14th 2019 at 22:28
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