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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019Environment

Army Corps Of Engineers On Midwest Flooding

NPR's Scott Simon asks John Remus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about flooding in the Midwest and managing the Missouri River's flow.

  • March 23rd 2019 at 13:15

Petrochemical Fire Reignites At Houston-Area Fuel Storage Facility

By Richard Gonzales
In this photo, taken on Tuesday, smoke rises from a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. near the Carpenter Elementary School in Deer Park, Texas. The blaze briefly reignited on Friday.

Officials say the new blaze was extinguished after about an hour. Amid a week of environmental mishaps, the Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit alleging violations of that state's clean air laws.

(Image credit: Jeffrey Fountain/AP)

  • March 23rd 2019 at 01:55
Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019Environment

What Makes People Heed A Weather Warning โ€” Or Not?

By Rebecca Ellis
Artwork by Christina Chung.

One social scientist says it's how people interpret these warnings that matters and that "we need to get out there and do a better job of understanding their perspective."

(Image credit: Christina Chung for NPR)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 21:01
Before yesterdayEnvironment

'Biggest Fight Is Against The Clock' As Death Toll Rises From Cyclone Idai

By Dalia Mortada
In the wake of Cyclone Idai, stranded locals take refuge on a strip of land in Buzi district, outside Beira, Mozambique.

More than 400 people have been killed from the storm and subsequent flooding across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

(Image credit: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

  • March 21st 2019 at 17:24

Boat Sinks In Iraq, Killing At Least 100 During New Year Celebration

By Sasha Ingber
Search and rescue operations near the Iraqi city of Mosul were underway after a boat sank in the Tigris River on Thursday. Authorities say dozens of people, including many children, are confirmed dead.

The casualties included many children, as a vessel carrying Nowruz holiday revelers capsized in the Tigris River. Authorities said the boat appeared not to have had life vests on board.

(Image credit: Abdullah Rashid/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

  • March 21st 2019 at 16:31

Friday News Roundup - International

Student strikes, the Brexit boondoggle and Chinese leadership on civil aviation dominated the week in global news.

(Image credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

  • March 15th 2019 at 16:06

Ohio Regulators Say Fish From Cuyahoga River Are Safe To Eat

The Cuyahoga River flows through Cleveland. In the 1960s, the old industrial city was so polluted that the river repeatedly caught fire. Decades of environmental regulation has made a difference.

  • March 20th 2019 at 11:25

Rebuilding Paradise, One New Home At A Time

By Marc Albert
David Anderson is a property owner and builder in Paradise, Calif. He expects the housing market to eventually come back after the Camp Fire burned nearly 90 percent of the town to the ground.

While many doubt the wisdom of rebuilding in a fire zone, the first building permits have been issued as the town of Paradise, Calif. begins to recover from the devastating Camp Fire of last November.

(Image credit: Marc Albert/North State Public Radio)

  • March 20th 2019 at 10:03

Nebraska Floods: 74 Cities, 65 Counties Declare A State of Emergency

By Dalia Mortada
A railroad crossing is flooded with water from the Platte River in Plattsmouth, Neb. Record high floodwaters inundated regions of the Midwest following an intense winter storm and rapid snowmelt.

Vice President Pence will visit Nebraska on Tuesday to survey damage caused by Midwest floods that have killed at least four people and displaced hundreds.

(Image credit: Nati Harnik/AP)

  • March 19th 2019 at 15:32

'Poppy Apocalypse': A California City Swarmed By Selfie Stick-Toting Tourists

By Matthew S. Schwartz
People pose for a picture among wildflowers in bloom Monday in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

(Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP)

  • March 19th 2019 at 12:58

Why Restaurant Demand For Smaller Fish Fillets Is Bad News For Oceans

By Alastair Bland
For certain species, a market preference for plate-sized whole fillets is driving fishermen to target smaller fish, like these juvenile Malabar snappers. That means some wild fish aren

Many U.S. chefs and retailers prefer intact fillets that constitute a single portion. That demand is driving overfishing for young fish that haven't reproduced. A new campaign aims to change that.

(Image credit: Andre Brugger)

  • March 19th 2019 at 12:00

Nebraska's Flood-Damaged Highways Are An Immediate Concern

By Bill Kelly

Nebraska officials face millions of dollars in repairs after floods inundated parts of the state. Repairs to bridges and highways could take months or years to finish.

  • March 19th 2019 at 10:03

Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars

By Susan Phillips
At Toyota

Japan doesn't think battery electric cars are the only future for transportation. It is investing millions to ramp up production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, citing their convenience for consumers.

(Image credit: Hiroo Saso)

  • March 18th 2019 at 21:19

Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Nonstop Plastic'

By Dalia Mortada
Darrell Blatchley, environmentalist and director of D

In the Philippines, marine biologist Darrell Blatchley recovered the body of a young whale that showed signs of emaciation and dehydration due to the 88 pounds of plastic it had ingested.

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

  • March 18th 2019 at 20:06

Major Flooding In The Midwest Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Missing

By Laurel Wamsley

Spring floods are no surprise in communities along the Missouri River. "My washer and dryer are floating around down there somewhere," said one Iowa resident.

(Image credit: Nati Harnik/AP)

  • March 18th 2019 at 18:38

5 New National Monuments

President Trump signed a sweeping land conservation bill into law on Tuesday, giving the Untied States five new national monuments.

  • March 16th 2019 at 13:38

Students Around The World Skip School To Call For More Action To Address Climate Change

By Jeff Brady

Thousands of students around the world — and across the U.S. — skipped school on Friday to protest inaction on climate change.

  • March 15th 2019 at 22:56

Skipping School Around The World To Push For Action On Climate Change

By Jeff Brady
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday. So-called

Students around the world and across the U.S. skipped classes Friday to protest inaction on climate change. It's part of a wave of pressure from young people who say their future is at stake.

(Image credit: Kin Cheung/AP)

  • March 14th 2019 at 22:10

Rare Blizzard Meteorologists Are Calling 'Bomb Cyclone' Hits Central U.S.

By Dan Boyce

A major winter storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions and extremely strong winds to much of the central U.S. Forecasters say it will be one of Colorado's most intense storms.

  • March 13th 2019 at 23:00

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?

By Christopher Joyce
The U.S. used to ship about 7 million tons of plastic trash to China a year, where much of it was recycled into raw materials. Then came the Chinese crackdown of 2018.

Last year, China drastically cut back its imports of plastic waste to recycle. Now the U.S. and other wealthy nations must figure out what to do with their discards.

(Image credit: Olivia Sun/NPR)

  • March 13th 2019 at 21:28
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