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Yesterday β€” July 4th 2020Environment

Severe Flooding in Southern Japan Swamps Nursing Home

By Gerry Mullany

Officials said that at least 17 people were feared dead as a result of the deluge and mudslides that struck the island of Kyushu overnight.

Before yesterdayEnvironment

President Trump Brings Big Fireworks Displays Back To Mt. Rushmore

By Seth Tupper

President Trump's Friday visit to Mt. Rushmore included the return of big fireworks displays. They were banned since 2009 because of wildfire and pollution risks.

  • July 3rd 2020 at 22:01

'Make The Climate A Priority Again,' Says Germany's Student Activist Neubauer

By Simon SchΓΌtz
Luisa-Marie Neubauer of Fridays for Future takes part in a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 2. The protest took place while government leaders discussed economic stimulus and other strategies in the fight against the coronavirus.

NPR sits down with Germany's prominent youth climate activist to discuss lessons from the coronavirus and next steps for the movement.

(Image credit: Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images)

  • July 3rd 2020 at 14:00

After Fighting Plastic in β€˜Paradise Lost,’ Sisters Take On Climate Change

By Richard C. Paddock and Nyimas Laula

Melati and Isabel Wijsen began campaigning to reduce plastic waste in Bali seven years ago. Now 19 and 17, they say the pandemic shows that stark measures to protect the planet are possible.

Revived Mount Rushmore Fireworks Will Feature Trump But No Social Distancing

By David Welna
Tourists visit Mount Rushmore National Monument on Wednesday. President Trump is expected to visit the federal monument in South Dakota and give a speech before a fireworks display on Friday.

Environmental dangers, including wildfires and groundwater poisoning, ended the Rushmore pyrotechnics a decade ago. Now they're back, defying a pandemic and protests.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • July 2nd 2020 at 01:07

Another Reason to Cut Down on Plastics

By Veronica Penney and Miranda Green

Also this week, face masks for the environmentally conscious

Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

By Oliver Whang and Morgan Hornsby

After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, the state is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

Minnesota Attorney General Sues Exxon Over Climate Change

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, pictured on June 3, is leading a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells All Things Considered he thinks Minnesota can prove its case alleging that Exxon Mobil and others knew about the damage of climate change decades ago.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • June 29th 2020 at 22:00

Even the South Pole Is Warming, and Quickly, Scientists Say

By Henry Fountain

Surface air temperatures at the bottom of the world have risen three times faster than the global average since the 1990s.

Swimming With the Sea Lions of Los Islotes

By Benjamin Lowy

Sea lions are often referred to as “dogs of the sea.” On a small island off the Baja coast, where the playful animals populate every rocky outcropping, they live up to their nickname.

Historic Arctic Heat Wave Roasts Siberia

By Anton Troianovski

Wildfires are spreading. The mosquitoes are ravenous. People are shielding their windows from the midnight sun with foil and blankets.

Federal Agency Tells Employees 'No Reference To Anything COVID Related'

By Nat Herz
Crew members shovel pollock onboard a trawler on the Bering Sea. The fishing industry has been hit by COVID-19, but the federal agency that manages it has banned mention of the pandemic without preapproval.

In an internal memo this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service bars references to the coronavirus pandemic without preapproval. It suggests alternatives such as "in these extraordinary times."

(Image credit: Nat Herz/Alaska's Energy Desk)

  • June 26th 2020 at 22:10

How Cities Are Trying to Avert Gridlock After Coronavirus Lockdowns

By Somini Sengupta and Brad Plumer

Officials are trying to prevent a return to urban gridlock and pollution as residents begin to travel again.

California's Landmark Electric Truck Rule Targets 'Diesel Death Zone'

By Cassandra Profita
The Freightliner eCascadia and the eM2 are two of the first electric semitrucks to hit the highways for test-driving.

In another first-in-the-nation move to address climate change, California will require automakers to sell more electric trucks. That could curb air pollution from the growing logistics industry.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Daimler Trucks North America)

  • June 26th 2020 at 16:52

Suzanne Simard: How Do Trees Collaborate?

British Columbia Forest

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungal networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

(Image credit: TED)

  • June 26th 2020 at 16:13

The Great Wonders Beyond the Great Reef

By William J. Broad

A recent expedition to the inky depths of the Coral Sea revealed an unknown world of creatures and geologic features.

Saharan Dust Cloud Arrives At The U.S. Gulf Coast, Bringing Haze

By Bill Chappell
A massive cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is arriving along the U.S. Gulf Coast this week after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. The dust will move over the Southeastern United States after reaching the U.S. shore.

The phenomenon happens every year – but the 2020 version is especially large and imposing, experts say.

(Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/GOES-East)

  • June 25th 2020 at 23:55