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Today โ€” June 23rd 2018NPR Environment

Officials Say Illegal Pesticide Caused Deaths of 13 Bald Eagles In Maryland

By Vanessa Romo
A bald eagle flies over its nest in Middle River, Md., in 2009.

Authorities said there is an "epidemic on the Eastern Shore" of wildlife-poisoning crimes because it's "cheaper and easier" than trapping a nuisance animals or building a fence.

(Image credit: Rob Carr/AP)

  • June 23rd 2018 at 04:55
Yesterday โ€” June 22nd 2018NPR Environment

Emails Raise Questions About Interior Secretary Zinke's Link With Oil Executive

By Nate Hegyi
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at his confirmation hearing last year. Congressional Democrats and a public watchdog group are calling for an ethics investigation into Zinke over a land deal between his family foundation and oil and gas company Halliburton.

Congressional Democrats and a public watchdog group are calling for an ethics investigation into the secretary over a land deal between Zinke's family foundation and oil and gas company Halliburton.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • June 22nd 2018 at 16:00

Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans

By Vanessa Romo
A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in August 2016 in the Wynwood area of Miami. A University of Florida study recently identified the first known human case of the mosquito-borne Keystone virus.

A 16-year-old Florida boy is the first person known to have become infected, researchers say. Symptoms in humans include a rash and mild fever.

(Image credit: Alan Diaz/AP)

  • June 22nd 2018 at 05:42
Before yesterdayNPR Environment

Long-Extinct Gibbon Found Inside Tomb Of Chinese Emperor's Grandmother

By Rebecca Hersher
The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago.

A Chinese tomb has turned up evidence of a new species of long-extinct ape. The gibbon, called Junzi imperialis, lived and died alongside its imperial human caretaker.

(Image credit: Joachim S. Müller/Flickr)

  • June 21st 2018 at 20:51

The Refugees The World Barely Pays Attention To

By Tim McDonnell
In Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, large parts of the village Eita (above) have succumbed to flooding from the sea.

They're known as 'climate refugees.' But there's not even an international definition for them, let alone recognition or protection.

(Image credit: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • June 20th 2018 at 17:25

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

By Merrit Kennedy
Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment to grow rice under different levels of carbon dioxide.

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are affected. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

(Image credit: Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan)

  • June 19th 2018 at 11:02

Zillow Data Used To Project Impact Of Sea Level Rise On Real Estate

By Greg Allen

A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists examined how real estate values were affected in 23 coastal states. Florida has the most to lose, according to the research.

  • June 18th 2018 at 10:59

Drought And Fire Threat Lead To Forest Closings

By Dan Boyce

Forest officials closed the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado because of "historic levels" of fire danger. The closure will affect local tourism economies.

  • June 17th 2018 at 14:12

Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

By Grant Gerlock
Steve Nelson (right), president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, looks on as Scott Pruitt talks to farmers in Reliance, S.D.

The EPA administrator met with farmers in midwestern states this week to address frustrations over the renewable fuel standard.

(Image credit: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

  • June 15th 2018 at 22:49

Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

By Rebecca Hersher
A fire at the Husky Oil Refinery on April 26, in Superior, Wis. The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to rescind regulations that would require refineries and chemical manufacturers to disclose information about emergency plans and the root causes of disasters.

The EPA intends to block rules to prevent and respond to leaks, explosions and other disasters at chemical facilities and refineries around the U.S. That scares many people who live and work nearby.

(Image credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

  • June 15th 2018 at 21:34

McDonald's Says It's Ditching Plastic Straws In U.K. And Ireland

By Laurel Wamsley
McDonald

McDonald's also says it will test alternatives to plastic straws in some restaurants in the U.S. and several other countries later this year.

(Image credit: Toby Melville/Reuters)

  • June 15th 2018 at 20:46

As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

By Jeff Brady
Entering the control room at Three Mile Island Unit 1 is like stepping back in time. Except for a few digital screens and new counters, much of the equipment is original to 1974, when the plant began generating electricity.

The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since 2001. Many say they are motivated by climate change.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

  • June 15th 2018 at 11:01

The Fight Over Federal Land In The West

When the federal government says some publicly owned lands should be used "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people," who do they mean?

(Image credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

  • June 14th 2018 at 17:06

As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

By Brett Neely
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, DC, on June. Pruitt is facing multiple ethics scandals from his actions since taking over the agency.

One of Pruitt's closest political allies in Congress said he would call for the EPA chief to step down if his ethical scandals don't stop.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • June 14th 2018 at 18:54

Looking To History To Combat Wildfires

By Grace Hood
The view along the South Platte River in the Pike National Forest, in 1903 and 2012. When wildfires burn in dense forests today they are often hotter and can destroy more trees.

After decades of modern fire prevention some forests are much thicker than they've been historically. New research offers a guide to thinning that could keep wildfires smaller and shorter.

(Image credit: Denver Water Department archives and Paula Fornwalt/U.S. Forest Service)

  • June 14th 2018 at 11:00

Antarctica Has Lost More Than 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice In 25 Years

By Merrit Kennedy
Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.

Antarctica's ice is melting faster than was thought, say scientists who recently completed the most exhaustive assessment of the ice sheet to date.

(Image credit: Ian Joughin, University of Washington )

  • June 13th 2018 at 20:52

New Research On Sound Could Make Tornado Warnings More Accurate

By Rachel Hubbard

Forecasters have gotten better giving advance notice of when tornadoes might strike. Now, there's a new technology that may help researchers even more: listening for the sounds of a tornado that humans can't hear.

  • June 12th 2018 at 22:26

Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt โ€ฆ

Greek yogurt, mattresses and environmental deregulation.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • June 11th 2018 at 16:06

Fires And Drought Close Forests In Colorado And New Mexico

By Bill Chappell
A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the 416 Fire northwest of Hermosa, Colo., which has forced the closure of the San Juan National Forest.

In southwestern Colorado, residents of more than 2,000 homes have been ordered to evacuate, and the San Juan National Forest is closed to visitors due to extreme risks.

(Image credit: AP)

  • June 12th 2018 at 16:23

More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities

By Rebecca Hersher
Debris and cars clog the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Md., after flooding on May 27 that killed one person and destroyed much of the town

Climate change is increasing the frequency of rainstorms in many parts of the U.S., and those storms bring more rain. Many communities don't have the drainage systems needed to handle all the water.

(Image credit: David McFadden/AP)

  • June 11th 2018 at 17:27
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