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Today β€” August 21st 2019NPR Environment

More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

By Rebecca Davis

The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.

(Image credit: Rebecca Davis/NPR)

  • August 21st 2019 at 13:00

How The Flying Shame Movement Got Off The Ground

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Umair Irfan, who covers climate change and the environment for Vox, about the flying shame movement and what can be done about carbon emissions from air travel.

  • August 20th 2019 at 23:54

Why Sea Level Rise Varies Across The World

By Rebecca Hersher

The sea level is rising more in some coastal places than in others. But why is that? It has to do with wind, currents, glaciers and even the last Ice Age.

  • August 20th 2019 at 23:09
Yesterday β€” August 20th 2019NPR Environment

U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

By Christopher Joyce
Trash sent for recycling moves along a conveyor belt to be sorted at Waste Management

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

(Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 20th 2019 at 21:27

Notre Dame Repair Crews Are Back To Work, But Paris' Lead Concerns Remain

By Jake Cigainero
A cleanup crew scrubs pavement in front of the cathedral on Monday, after French inspectors said workers could return to the fire-damaged site to continue repairs.

Environmental and labor groups complain the cleanup should have begun sooner, and they are concerned about health risks in Paris.

(Image credit: Francois Mori/AP)

  • August 20th 2019 at 19:27

Perfect Storm Hits U.S. Recycling Industry

By Rebecca Davis

Since Woodbury, N.J., began the nation's first mandatory curbside recycling program, the industry is in trouble. China has stopped taking all the plastic so facilities are overwhelmed.

  • August 20th 2019 at 11:04

Unanswered Questions Leave Californians Worried About Fire Season

By Stephanie O'Neill
Residents in Ventura, Calif., believed large hilltop water tanks would provide ample water during a wildfire. But the water stopped flowing for some residents trying to protect their homes during 2017

Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Rick Ray)

  • August 20th 2019 at 11:00

California Residents Say They Need More Information On Previous Wildfires To Prepare

By Stephanie O'Neill

Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.

  • August 19th 2019 at 23:46
Before yesterdayNPR Environment

Cave Diver Risks All To Explore Places 'Where Nobody Has Ever Been'

By Dave Davies
Jill Heinerth says Dan

"The big picture of survival is sometimes so hard to see, but we always know what we can do to make the next best step toward survival," says cave diver, photographer and memoirist Jill Heinerth.

(Image credit: Jill Heinerth/Ecco)

  • August 19th 2019 at 18:54

The End Is Nigh For FogCam, Billed As The Internet's Oldest Running Webcam

By Colin Dwyer
A sea of fog advances on the Golden Gate Bridge during a late winter twilight in 2016. On Saturday, the operators of FogCam said the long-running webcam at San Francisco State University will sunset "forever" at the end of August.

The webcam at San Francisco State University has been in operation since 1994. Now, its creators say they plan to sunset the Internet landmark by the end of the month.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

  • August 19th 2019 at 18:04

The CBD Market Is Booming. What Do We Know About The Product?

I Can't Believe It's Not Weed!

(Image credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 19th 2019 at 17:06

How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket

By Rebecca Hersher
Scientists are using statistics, history and computer modeling to understand exactly how much hotter the oceans are today than they were before industrialization. Harvard researchers just found a clue in shipping records digitized after World War II.

Scientists need to track the history of sea temperatures precisely to model climate change. A newly discovered clue in measurements taken by sailors in the 1930s could have far-reaching implications.

(Image credit: Suomi NPP — VIIRS/NASA Earth Observatory)

  • August 19th 2019 at 11:04

How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? YucatΓ‘n Towns Get Creative

By Jen Karetnick
Men walk between the sargassum toward a boat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in May.

Sargassum, a stinky algae, is choking beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem — and tourism. From fertilizer to food, locals are experimenting with new uses for it.

(Image credit: Victor Ruiz/AP)

  • August 18th 2019 at 13:00

Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off

By Bobby Allyn
President Trump speaks while on a tour of Shell

A memo instructed workers at a Pennsylvania plant to show up at 7 a.m., scan their ID cards and stand for hours through lunch to watch a speech by the president.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

  • August 18th 2019 at 02:12

Critics Say Trump Administration Is Weakening Endangered Species Act

By Nathan Rott

The Trump administration is changing how the Endangered Species Act is applied. Critics say it will limit consideration of climate change, but others question if there will be any impact at all.

  • August 17th 2019 at 22:44

Mississippi River Flooding's Impact On Commercial Fishing

By Travis Lux

The Mississippi River is continuing to flood and all that water is devastating oyster harvests downstream. It's bad and getting worse.

  • August 17th 2019 at 14:00

Friday News Roundup - International

Conflict in Kashmir, protests in Hong Kong and treatments for Ebola dominated the global news this week.

(Image credit: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2019 at 17:06

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

We cover the week’s top domestic stories, from immigration regulations to inverted yield curves.

(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2019 at 16:06

Kirtland's Warbler Success Story Might Help The Future Of The Endangered Species Act

By Susan Bence

The once nearly extinct Kirtland's warbler is creating a stir in the conservation world. People in Michigan and Wisconsin hope the success story will keep the Endangered Species Act alive.

  • August 16th 2019 at 22:23

Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future

By Dan Charles
A Colombian worker checks the plastic protection cover over a banana bunch on a plantation in Aracataca, Colombia. A dreaded fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia has now spread to Latin America.

A fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia is now in Latin America. The disease moves slowly, but there's no cure, and it could mean calamity for the continent's banana industry.

(Image credit: Jan Sochor/LatinContent via Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2019 at 15:39
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