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Yesterday โ€” June 16th 2019NPR Environment

The Gulf Of Mexico's Expanding Dead Zone

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais about the expanding dead zone that is likely to appear in the Gulf of Mexico because of record Midwest rains.

  • June 16th 2019 at 14:03
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High Flooding On Lake Ontario And St. Lawrence River

By Emily Russell

The U.S. and Canada are under pressure to show a water control plan for the area along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River didn't actually make flooding worse.

  • June 15th 2019 at 13:57

Killing Coyotes Is Not As Effective As Once Thought, Researchers Say

By Melodie Edwards
A coyote runs down the road in Wyoming

Government agencies kill more than 68,000 coyotes a year to keep them from preying on livestock and big game. But scientists say tracking them might be a better solution.

(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

  • June 14th 2019 at 15:22

New Orleans Sues Big Oil

By Tegan Wendland

New Orleans is suing oil and gas companies to help it pay for flood protection. It's a major move against an industry that's key to the city's economy.

  • June 14th 2019 at 11:01

Mich. Prosecutors Drop Charges In Flint Water Investigation, But Promise New Probe

By Richard Gonzales
The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint, Mich., where drinking water became tainted after the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money.

Prosecutors say the original criminal investigation into Flint's drinking water scandal was compromised by a failure to pursue all available evidence.

(Image credit: Carlos Osorio/AP)

  • June 14th 2019 at 01:19

Why Your Local Weather Forecast Is Going To Get Better

By Merrit Kennedy
A comparison of how the old and upgraded U.S. global weather forecast models predicted the "bomb cyclone" that hit the Northeast U.S. in January 2018. The old NOAA model (left) estimated a smaller amount of snowfall than what actually happened (right). The updated model (middle) was more accurate.

"Virtually any aspect of the weather forecast — whether it is temperature, or precipitation — will see overall improvement with this upgrade," a National Weather Service scientist said.

(Image credit: NOAA/Screenshot by NPR)

  • June 13th 2019 at 21:14

From Henry Ford To Elon Musk: The Past, Present And Future Of Cars

Beep beep. Honk.

(Image credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • June 13th 2019 at 17:20

Federal Land Managers Propose Rule Change To Fast Track Forest Management Projects

By Kirk Siegler

The Trump administration is proposing sweeping rule changes to an environmental law that would allow for the fast tracking of forest management projects, including more logging and tree thinning.

  • June 12th 2019 at 22:54

Wildland Firefighters Face Growing Danger As Fires Increase In Intensity, Frequency

By Jes Burns

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

  • June 12th 2019 at 22:22

As Polar Ice Cap Recedes, The U.S. Navy Looks North

By Zachariah Hughes
F/A-18 Super Hornet is launched by a steam-powered catapult off the USS Theodore Roosevelt during naval exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

The Pentagon has long acknowledged climate change has broad implications for national security. That is especially clear in the Arctic, where melting ice is opening new shipping lanes.

(Image credit: Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

  • June 12th 2019 at 18:38

Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

By Kirk Siegler
A logger cuts a large fir tree in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Federal land managers are proposing a sweeping rule change that could expand commercial logging on Forest Service land.

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow it to fast-track some forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning.

(Image credit: Don Ryan/AP)

  • June 12th 2019 at 18:30

Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

By Dan Charles
Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer

Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

(Image credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:02

More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters

By Jes Burns
Firefighters who work on wildland fires and prescribed burns (shown here) can be exposed to high levels of harmful smoke.

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

(Image credit: Jes Burns/OPB)

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:00

Wildlife Biologists Disagree On The Most Effective Way To Control Coyotes

By Melodie Edwards

The federal government kills thousands of coyotes every year to keep them from preying on livestock and big game. But some wildlife biologists say killing coyotes isn't the best way to control them.

  • June 10th 2019 at 22:35

We Drink Basically The Same Wine Varietals As Ancient Romans, And That's Not So Great

By Susie Neilson
An engraving shows Galla Placidia (390-450), daughter of Roman Emperor Theodosius I, in captivity. New research shows that in some cases, we are drinking almost the exact same wine that Roman emperors did — our pinot noir and syrah grapes are genetic "siblings" of the ancient Roman varieties.

Many of today's most popular wine varietals are extremely genetically similar to wines that may have existed for thousands of years, a new study finds. In the face of climate change, that's risky.

(Image credit: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images)

  • June 10th 2019 at 20:51

Midwest Flooding Harms Farmer's Yields

Rain and flooding have made growing conditions difficult for crops like corn. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Matt Boucher, a farmer in Dwight, Ill., about how the weather has affected his crops.

  • June 9th 2019 at 23:24

'We All Owe Al Gore An Apology': More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding

By Nathan Rott
Floodwaters from the Arkansas River line either side of a road in Russellville, Ark., in late May, engulfing businesses and vehicles.

Research shows more people are linking climate change to extreme weather events, like the ongoing flooding in America's heartland. Experts are hoping it also inspires action.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

  • June 8th 2019 at 12:00

Flooding That Swamped Midwest Flows To Already Soaked Mississippi

By Alexandra Watts

Mississippi is another state dealing with massive flooding. In fact, the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for more than 100 days — a record length of time going back to 1927.

  • June 7th 2019 at 23:08

Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can't Afford Expensive Flood Insurance

By Rebecca Hersher

Federal flood insurance has become dramatically more expensive in some places, putting it out of reach for many people who live on floodplains.

  • June 7th 2019 at 22:24

Jennifer Wilcox: How Can We Remove CO2 From The Atmosphere? Will We Do It In Time?

By NPR/TED Staff
Jennifer Wilcox on the TED Stage.

To slow climate change, we need to lower emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox says the technology is there, and we need to scale it.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman / TED)

  • June 7th 2019 at 15:49
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