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Yesterday โ€” February 19th 2019NPR Environment

'Uninhabitable Earth' Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings

Rachel Martin talks to David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth, who outlines the current misunderstandings and upcoming impacts of climate change.

  • February 19th 2019 at 11:01
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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

By Camila Domonoske
Most American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that

The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.

(Image credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 16th 2019 at 13:01

Sky Islands And Starry-Eyed Frogs: Breathtaking Photos Of Remote Ecosystems

By Jason Beaubien
A fan-throated lizard displays his dewlap sac in front of Asia

Prasenjeet Yadav wants his photos to make people care about the environment — whether it's grasslands vanishing in southwest India or windmills taking over a lizard's habitat.

(Image credit: Prasenjeet Yadav )

  • February 16th 2019 at 13:00

J. Marshall Shepherd: How Does Bias Shape Our Perceptions About Science?

By NPR/TED Staff
J. Marshall Shepherd on the TED stage.

Why do many people dismiss issues like climate change, despite strong scientific evidence? Climatologist J. Marshall Shepherd examines how different forms of bias shape how we perceive science.

(Image credit: TED)

  • February 15th 2019 at 15:34

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Massive Public Lands Package

By Nathan Rott

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping public lands bill that protects millions of acres of land and reauthorizes a major conservation program. Supporters say conservation is a unifier.

  • February 14th 2019 at 22:23

EPA Says It Plans To Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough For Critics

By Jon Hurdle
The Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, Pa., is one of many places across the U.S. where the foams once used in firefighting training contained harmful chemicals known as PFAS.

The chemicals, which are linked to health problems, have contaminated drinking water and soil in many parts of the United States. Critics say the EPA is not acting fast enough to limit them.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

  • February 14th 2019 at 21:10

After 16 Months Of Dead Fish, Manatees And Dolphins, Florida's Red Tide Ebbs

By Greg Allen
A sign at Siesta Key beach cautions beachgoers to avoid swimming in the waters affected by red tide.

The red tide algae bloom that has plagued coastal communities in Florida since 2017 is starting to dissipate, much to the relief of local communities and tourism officials.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

  • February 14th 2019 at 21:08

Trump Tweet Fails To Save Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plant

By Jeff Brady
On Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority voted to shut down the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky.

Despite pressure from President Trump and other Republicans, the Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with coal.

(Image credit: Dylan Lovan/AP)

  • February 14th 2019 at 20:58

You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

By Dan Charles
A landscape with a reforestation project in Gongxian County in Sichuan, China.

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a downside.

(Image credit: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images)

  • February 14th 2019 at 11:00

Harley-Davidson Embraces A New Sound As It Enters The Electric Era

By Camila Domonoske
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire, launching in August, is the American manufacturer

The LiveWire, Harley's first electric bike, was first announced more than four years ago. It's finally hitting the streets this summer — for a hefty price. But will Harley fans be along for the ride?

(Image credit: Josh Kurpius/Harley-Davidson)

  • February 13th 2019 at 19:00

Butterflies Vs. Border Wall: National Butterfly Center Seeks Restraining Order

By Matthew S. Schwartz
A Gulf fritillary butterfly perches on a flower at the National Butterfly Center, which is home to several endangered plants and threatened animals. The center is asking a federal judge to block government officials from building a border wall on its property.

The center says government officials have already cut down trees on its private property in anticipation of a border wall. The planned wall would split its property in two.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

  • February 13th 2019 at 13:18

McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

By Danielle Kurtzleben
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by fellow Republican senators, spoke about the Green New Deal Tuesday.

The Senate majority leader wants to put the massive progressive climate change framework to a vote. Its Democratic sponsor is not pleased by the move from the top Senate Republican.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • February 12th 2019 at 23:43

President Trump And Allies Push To Save A Very Specific Coal Plant

By Jeff Brady
President Trump is pressuring the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close a coal-fired power plant at its Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky.

President Trump and other Republicans are pressuring the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with most of its coal.

(Image credit: Dylan Lovan/AP)

  • February 12th 2019 at 22:59

How To Get Meat Eaters To Eat More Plant-Based Foods? Make Their Mouths Water

By Maria Godoy
Focusing less on the meat-free or health aspects of plant-based dishes, like this jackfruit burger — and more on their flavor, mouthfeel and provenance — could go a long way toward getting meat lovers to choose these options more often. That

Vegetable-based dishes may be better for the Earth but don't always sound seductive on menus. Marketers, researchers and food chains think they know how to get meat lovers to make the swap more often.

(Image credit: Westend61/Getty Images)

  • February 10th 2019 at 13:00

Seattle's Unusually Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowfall To Stretch Into The Week

By Gabriela Saldivia
Snow collects on rental bikes parked outside of a library during a storm in Seattle. As of Saturday morning, more than 7 inches of snow had fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

A rare winter storm in Washington state prompted its governor to declare a state of emergency. More than 200 flights were canceled on Friday and drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.

(Image credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

  • February 9th 2019 at 19:32

Friday News Roundup - International

Savage, climate change and the latest on Venezuela are some of the things that made headlines this week.

(Image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

  • February 8th 2019 at 17:06

Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

By Christopher Joyce
Around the globe, people are searching for ways to reduce plastic waste. Above: Dampalit, a fishing community in Manila Bay, can

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

(Image credit: Jes Aznar for NPR)

  • February 8th 2019 at 20:46

Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm

By Jeff Brady
Environmental activists occupy the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this past December. They plan more sit-ins to push for support of a sweeping resolution to address climate change.

The proposal to address climate change is short on specifics and wildly ambitious. Seasoned energy experts doubt it can work, but give it credit for energizing young activists.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • February 8th 2019 at 11:00

Former Energy Secretary Weighs In On Green New Deal Legislation

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ernest Moniz, president and CEO of Energy Futures Initiative, about the Green New Deal, and his goal of limiting global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius.

  • February 7th 2019 at 23:13

PG&E Could Shut Off Power For Millions To Prevent Wildfires

By Matthew S. Schwartz
Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, Calif., in November. PG&E could shut down power to as many as 5.4 million customers during extreme weather conditions.

The utility could cut power to as many as 5.4 million during extreme weather conditions. PG&E declared bankruptcy last month in the face of billions of dollars in wildfire-related liabilities.

(Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 7th 2019 at 11:08
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