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Today โ€” August 20th 2018NPR Environment

Environmentalists Push For Ban On Balloons

By Lakshmi Singh

First it was plastic bags, then plastic straws. Now environmental groups are urging a ban on balloons. The anti-balloon campaign is happening at Clemson University football games, and in a small Rhode Island community.

  • August 19th 2018 at 23:50

Rain Starts To Slow After Flooding Displaces 800,000 In Southern Indian State

By Wynne Davis
Volunteers in a boat help to rescue stranded people from a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people have been rescued, but thousands more are still stranded after massive flooding and landslides in India's Kerala state.

(Image credit: Aijaz Rahi/AP)

  • August 19th 2018 at 23:13
Yesterday โ€” August 19th 2018NPR Environment

6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island

By Wynne Davis
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia

Sunday's earthquake caused power outages and landslides as the island is still recovering from another quake earlier this month that killed more than 400 people.

(Image credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

  • August 19th 2018 at 20:16

Mountain Gets A Downgrade To A Hill

A mountain in Wales has been downgraded to a hill after a new satellite survey.

  • August 19th 2018 at 13:57

Oil And Gas Drilling Could Endanger U.S. Archaeological Sites

By Reid Frazier

A loophole in Pennsylvania law lets companies drill oil and gas wells in farms and fields where Native American and Colonial artifacts are buried.

  • August 19th 2018 at 13:57
Before yesterdayNPR Environment

WATCH: Massive 'Fire Tornado' Revealed In Footage Released By Officials

By Colin Dwyer
This still frame from a video released earlier this week by Cal Fire shows the "fire tornado" forming over Lake Keswick Estates near Redding, Calif., on July 26.

California authorities say the behemoth killed a firefighter battling the Carr Fire last month. Larger than three football fields, the tornado was unlike anything they'd seen. Now, they have video.

(Image credit: Cal Fire via AP)

  • August 17th 2018 at 22:52

Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?

By NPR/TED Staff
Steven Pinker on the TED stage.

It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we've made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?

(Image credit: Ryan Lash /Ryan Lash/TED)

  • August 17th 2018 at 16:04

Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

By NPR/TED Staff
Paul Gilding on TED Stage.

Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.

(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED)

  • August 17th 2018 at 16:03

How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

By Maggie Mullen

When wildfire starts, a lot of people decide what areas should burn, and where a fire should be fought. One of those people is an archaeologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

  • August 16th 2018 at 22:33

Monsoon Hammers India With 'Unprecedented Flood Havoc,' Killing Scores Of People

By Colin Dwyer
The Periyar river floods its banks Thursday in Aluva, Kerala, creeping higher up a bridge

The heavy rains hitting the popular tourist destination of Kerala have loosed deadly floods and landslides. "Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale," says a local leader.

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2018 at 20:47

By Creating Habitats For Monarch Butterflies In Cities, Scientists Hope To Save Them

By Laurel Wamsley

As summer draws to a close, conservationists are getting ready for the annual Monarch butterfly migration. One scientist thinks the best way to help the migration is to create more Monarch habitats in big cities.

  • August 15th 2018 at 23:34

Historic Cabins In Montana Destroyed By Wildfires

By Nicky Ouellet

In Montana, the Howe Ridge Fire has burned nearly all the cabins at Kelly's Camp which is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • August 15th 2018 at 22:34

2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change

By Terry Gross

Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.

  • August 15th 2018 at 19:59

Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

By Rebecca Hersher
James Rees, left, and Nicholas Pinter of the University of California, Davis, gather housing data in the town of Odanah, Wis.

Climate change is causing more severe flooding around the country, and a disproportionate number of Native American communities are on the front lines.

(Image credit: Joe Proudman/UC Davis)

  • August 15th 2018 at 17:07

Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide

By Greg Allen
At Coquina Beach, crews are out early using beach rakes to clear dead fish. The fish are dying because of a toxic algae bloom known as red tide.

A toxic algae bloom is killing fish, turtles and dolphins and discouraging tourists from visiting Florida's Gulf Coast. It's not the first such event, but it is especially intense.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

  • August 14th 2018 at 23:04

Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

By Gabriela Quirรณs
A female blue orchard bee forages for nectar and pollen on Phacelia tanacetifolia flowers, also known as blue or purple tansy. Blue orchard bees are solitary bees that help pollinate California

Research shows that 400 female blue orchard bees are as effective at pollinating almonds as the more than 10,000 bees in a honeybee hive. But they reproduce slowly and are prone to wandering.

(Image credit: Josh Cassidy/KQED)

  • August 14th 2018 at 15:00

In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'

By Anna Gorman
Resident Moe Blythe watches the Holy Fire burn near homes on August 9, 2018 in Corona, California.

As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • August 11th 2018 at 02:42

Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

By Samir S. Patel
Matt Mikkelsen carries "Fritz," his microphone system, to the path in the Hoh Rain Forest that leads to One Square Inch of Silence in Washington

Inside the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state, acoustics experts have attempted to preserve a location free of human-made noise. They call it One Square Inch of Silence.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

  • August 10th 2018 at 23:41

From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

By Samir S. Patel
Collections manager René Corado examines an egg, from a newly donated collection of 1,200 specimens, for a tiny notation made by the collector that can help Corado reconstruct when and where the egg was collected. "It

Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

  • August 10th 2018 at 16:27

Cal Fire Chief Discusses How Firefighters Are Battling California Blazes

The Mendocino Complex Fire in California is now the state's largest wildfire ever recorded. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

  • August 9th 2018 at 23:32
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