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Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Climate Data Collection

By Rebecca Hersher

The pandemic has hindered climate data collection from ships and buoys in the oceans. The U.N. warns it could negatively affect climate models' accuracy unless scientists find new ways to gather data.

  • July 10th 2020 at 21:45

Rare California Condors Seen In Sequoia National Park

California condors are among the biggest flying creatures in North America and are very close to extinction. They were recently spotted in Sequoia National Park for the first time in nearly 50 years.

  • July 8th 2020 at 21:55

Native American Activists Victorious After Judge Orders Pipeline Shut Down

NPR's David Greene talks to Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, about what the Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown means for activists, and where the court battle goes from here.

  • July 7th 2020 at 11:04

The Fire, The Virus, The Violence: Australia And The Lessons Of Natural Disasters

By Rebecca Hersher
In 2009, Australia

Family violence increases in places that have been severely burned in bushfires, Australian research finds. The isolation and financial stress of COVID-19 appear to be exacerbating the problem.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

  • July 7th 2020 at 11:00

Federal Court Orders Dakota Access Pipeline To Shut Down And Be Drained

By Jeff Brady

A federal court on Monday ordered the indefinite shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision is a victory for Native Americans and other activists who sued over its environmental impact.

  • July 6th 2020 at 22:13

Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now

By Laurel Wamsley
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters, shown here during a demonstration in 2017, have opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline for years.

A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to produce a full environmental review. Until then, oil must stop flowing through the controversial pipeline.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • July 6th 2020 at 16:38

President Trump Brings Big Fireworks Displays Back To Mount Rushmore

By Seth Tupper

President Trump's Friday visit 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

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

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.

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  • June 29th 2020 at 22:00

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

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

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

Massive Cloud Of Dust Is Moving From The Sahara Desert To North America

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia about a massive dust cloud moving from the Sahara desert to North America, causing low visibility and health risks.

  • June 25th 2020 at 22:07

California Regulators Set To Approve Nation's 1st Electric Truck Mandate

By Cassandra Profita

In another move to address climate change, California wants automakers to sell more electric trucks. That includes electric big rigs, which are just starting to hit the road.

  • June 25th 2020 at 11:03

Bayer To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Resolve Cancer Lawsuits Over Weedkiller Roundup

By Bill Chappell
Bayer says a settlement worth more than $10 billion will resolve most of the roughly 125,000 claims the company currently faces over its Roundup product. Here, a farmer sprays the glyphosate herbicide in northwestern France in September.

Roundup's active ingredient is glyphosate, which thousands of plaintiffs blame for causing them to develop cancer.

(Image credit: Jean-François Monier/AFP via Getty Images)

  • June 24th 2020 at 20:30

Scientists Say The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Worsened Deforestation Worldwide

By Nathan Rott

Scientists say accelerating deforestation and development may increase the risk of pandemic diseases, and the current coronavirus pandemic may actually make the trend worse.

  • June 23rd 2020 at 21:55

Temperatures Above The Arctic Circle Hit Record High

By Rebecca Hersher

Temperatures in a Siberian town were reported to hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. That would be a record for the highest temperature documented above the Arctic Circle.

  • June 23rd 2020 at 21:55

Soil Prof Hits Pay Dirt: $250K Prize For Helping Farmers, Fighting Climate Change

By Jessica Craig
Rattan Lal in an Ohio cornfield. The soil scientist is this year

Meet 2020 World Food Prize Laureate: Rattan Lal. His "soil-centric" philosophy is praised as being good for crops — and for mitigating climate change.

(Image credit: Ken Chamberlain/Ohio State University )

  • June 22nd 2020 at 19:53