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Yesterday โ€” April 20th 2019NPR Environment

In Korean DMZ, Wildlife Thrives. Some Conservationists Worry Peace Could Disrupt It

By Claire Harbage
The restricted area next to the Koreas

The heavily fortified no man's land separating North and South Korea, largely untouched by humans, has become an ecological niche for the region's flora and fauna, including endangered species.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

  • April 20th 2019 at 15:02
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Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds โ€” The First Since Andrew In 1992

By Laurel Wamsley
Debris from Hurricane Michael rests along a canal on Oct. 18, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla. NOAA upgraded the storm to a Category 5 after completing its analysis.

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2019 at 19:04

Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian

By Francesca Paris
Rod Williams, a Purdue University associate professor, holds a hellbender that he and a team of students collected in southern Indiana

The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.

(Image credit: Rick Callahan/AP)

  • April 18th 2019 at 11:43

Protests Calling For Climate Action Disrupt London For 3rd Day

By Frank Langfitt
Activists call for government action on climate change in the middle of Oxford Circus on Wednesday in London. Now in their third day of action, protests have blocked a number of key junctions in central London.

Activists occupied four of London's landmarks and thoroughfares and, on Wednesday, targeted the city's rail service. The organizers want a zero-carbon Britain by 2025.

(Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

  • April 17th 2019 at 20:42

Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

By Rebecca Hersher
Floodwaters inundated Cataño, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 28, 2017, days after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.

(Image credit: Carlos Giusti/AP)

  • April 17th 2019 at 16:41

Paradise, Calif., Water Is Contaminated But Residents Are Moving Back Anyway

By Kirk Siegler
Paradise Irrigation District manager Kevin Phillips shows a sample of the town

Despite public health warnings about benzene contamination in the town's water supply, some Paradise residents say they have no choice but to return.

(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

  • April 16th 2019 at 17:36

Colorado's Oil And Gas Regulators Must Now Consider Public Health And Safety

By Grace Hood
A drilling rig at work near a residential neighborhood in Erie, Colo. An overhaul of oil and gas regulations will give localities more control over where drilling can happen.

After years of tension over expanded oil and gas drilling, including a deadly explosion that galvanized critics, the state is moving to tighten regulations on the booming industry.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

  • April 16th 2019 at 13:52

Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France's Pyrenees Mountains

By Christopher Joyce
A team of researchers found a surprisingly large amount of microplastic in the air in the Pyrenees mountains in southern France.

Tiny fragments broken down from larger pieces of plastic have already been found in rivers, lakes, oceans and in agricultural soil. But very few studies of wind-borne microplastic have ever been done.

(Image credit: VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

  • April 16th 2019 at 00:05

Trump Administration Moves Forward With Proposal To Re-Define Waterway Protections

By Nathan Rott

The Trump administration's revisions to the Waters of the U.S. rule will strip federal water protections from millions of miles of rivers. The impact will be even more pronounced in the arid Southwest.

  • April 15th 2019 at 22:15

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

A shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security has left some wondering about the direction of President Trump's immigration policy.

(Image credit: National Science Foundation via Getty Images)

  • April 12th 2019 at 16:06

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

By Dan Charles
A bowl of Honey Toasted Kernza. General Mills made 6,000 boxes of the cereal and is passing them out to spread the word about perennial grains.

Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.

(Image credit: Olivia Sun/NPR)

  • April 13th 2019 at 14:16

Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil

By Cat Schuknecht
The 10,000 year old mammoth tusk at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage before it was stolen.

An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.

(Image credit: Bob Wick/BLM via Flickr)

  • April 12th 2019 at 12:43

Alaska's Ice Roads Are Melting Early This Year, With Devastating Consequences

By Krysti Shallenberger

In Bethel, Alaska, record warm temperatures mean a frozen river that serves as an ice road is melting early. That's been deadly for some, and is leaving others unable to travel.

  • April 11th 2019 at 22:48

One Man's Quest To Protect A Rare Kind Of Hazelnut Tree

By Darius Rafieyan

The hazelnut business is in a bind. Demand is rising, supply is tight, and a deadly fungal disease is constraining production. But one man may have found a solution.

  • April 11th 2019 at 22:48

Trump Signs Executive Orders In Push To Make It Easier To Build Oil And Gas Pipelines

By Cat Schuknecht
President Trump hands out pens after signing an executive order aimed at making it easier for companies to pursue oil and gas pipeline projects. The president addressed an audience at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Texas.

President Trump issues two executive orders that could make it harder for states to block companies from building oil and gas pipeline projects.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

  • April 11th 2019 at 15:48

As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options

By Dan Charles
These Palmer amaranth — or pigweed — plants, seen growing in a greenhouse at Kansas State University, appear to be resistant to multiple herbicides.

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

  • April 11th 2019 at 11:12

New Mexico Is Divided Over The 'Perfect Site' To Store Nation's Nuclear Waste

By Nathan Rott

A private company wants to store high-level nuclear waste in a rural corner of New Mexico. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the proposal, but local support may be a challenge.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

  • April 11th 2019 at 11:00

Climate Change Is Forcing Farmers In Guatemala To Leave Their Land For The U.S.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jonathan Blitzer of The New Yorker about how climate change is forcing farmers in Guatemala to leave their land and attempt to make it to the United States.

  • April 10th 2019 at 22:46

W.Va. Governor's Family Owes Millions In Mining Violations, Despite Promises To Pay

By Alexandra Kanik
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his State of the State speech on Jan. 9 in Charleston, W.Va. Mining companies belonging to the Justice family owe millions in safety violations.

The companies belonging to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe millions for mine safety violations. Justice promised to pay the bill when he was running for governor in 2016, but hasn't.

(Image credit: Tyler Evert/AP)

  • April 10th 2019 at 21:44

This Oil Spill Has Been Leaking Into The Gulf For 14 Years

By Tegan Wendland
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are using Ian MacDonald

In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil spill triggered by a powerful hurricane has been leaking for more than 14 years with no solution in sight. The federal government is stepping in to try and contain it.

(Image credit: Tegan Wendland/WWNO)

  • April 10th 2019 at 16:10
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