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Yesterday โ€” March 29th 2020NPR Environment

Tornado Strikes Arkansas City; Officials Say Pandemic Closures Kept People Safe

By Meg Anderson
A screen grab from a social media video shows a tornado tearing through Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday.

The tornado injured at least 22 people and caused extensive damage to many properties. Officials attribute the relatively low number of casualties in part to social distancing and business shutdowns.

(Image credit: Said Said/Triples S Phone and Computer Repair/via REUTERS)

  • March 29th 2020 at 20:09

Pandemic Delays Return Of Arctic Researchers

By Ravenna Koenig
The German icebreaker Polarstern is moored to a piece of ice, drifting for a year, as scientists study the warming Arctic.

The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/Ravenna Koenig)

  • March 29th 2020 at 13:00
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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

By Nathan Rott
Even some of the darkest, wettest parts of the Australian landscape burned during the country

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

  • March 28th 2020 at 12:00

Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

By Hannah Hagemann
Opah fish are hauled onto a dock for sale last week in San Diego. Fishermen coming home to California after weeks at sea are finding strict anti-coronavirus measures, and nowhere to sell their catch.

Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus.

(Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP)

  • March 26th 2020 at 04:51

Judge Orders Environmental Review Of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

By Merrit Kennedy
Native American tribes and their supporters protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This rally was outside the White House in 2017.

It is a major victory for the Native American tribes and environmental groups fighting against the project. The judge has not decided whether oil can still flow in the meantime.

(Image credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

  • March 26th 2020 at 00:00

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains Close Over Coronavirus Fears

By Bobby Allyn
Yellowstone National Park

Park officials said a crush of visitors moving through the trails was beginning to run afoul of social distancing.

(Image credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

  • March 25th 2020 at 00:49

Climate Change Push Fuels Split On Coronavirus Stimulus

By Jeff Brady
Clean energy advocates say economic disruption over the Covid-19 pandemic threatens tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment in wind and solar. Above, wind turbines in Warsaw, N.Y.

Clean energy groups have their own wish list for the massive coronavirus stimulus bill. They say the country's ability to tackle climate change is at stake.

(Image credit: Julie Jacobson/AP)

  • March 24th 2020 at 10:00

Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Is Expanding. So Are Efforts To Stop It

By Tegan Wendland
Sharon Lavigne and other members of Rise St. James, who oppose a recently approved chemical complex. They stand on its site, where archaeologists have discovered the graves of former slaves.

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the U.S. boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.

(Image credit: Rolando Palacio)

  • March 20th 2020 at 10:00

A Checkup On California's Efforts To Combat Climate Change

By Hannah Hagemann

California has some of the most aggressive climate policies in the country. The state has had both successes and challenges in meeting its ambitious climate goals.

  • March 14th 2020 at 15:09

Australia's Fire-Ravaged Forests Are Recovering. Ecologists Hope It Lasts

By Nathan Rott
Karen Ford (left) and Lane Murraya stock rescued koalas with fresh eucalyptus branches. Ford has been collecting the branches on her property, which suffered fire damage.

After devastating fires, there are signs of regrowth across much of eastern Australia. But there's also concern that a changing climate may alter some of the country's unique landscapes forever.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

  • March 14th 2020 at 12:00

To Forecast Spring Flooding, NOAA Planes Fly Slow And Low

By Matt Sepic
Ice flows around a small island in the Mississippi River near Dayton, Minn., on Feb. 13, 2020. Pilots take measurements to try and gauge how much water is in a snowpack.

NOAA's Commissioned Officer Corps pilots fly special planes and use gamma ray detectors and other equipment to measure ice and snow that will eventually melt into streams and rivers.

(Image credit: Evan Frost /MPR News )

  • March 13th 2020 at 10:00

Apartment Dwellers At New Complex Benefit From Rooftop Solar Panels

By Leia Larsen

A Utah company is expanding the solar panel business to apartment complexes, where renters can benefit from renewable energy usually reserved for individual homes.

  • March 12th 2020 at 10:00

Nebraska Teachers Are Piloting A Climate Science Curriculum โ€” Using NASA Data

By Becca Costello

Teachers lack good climate science curricula. Climate change skeptics fear indoctrination. A pilot NASA course that lets high school kids use their climate modelling software could satisfy both.

  • March 11th 2020 at 21:09

China's Efforts To Control Coronavirus Lead To Less Air Pollution

By Lauren Sommer

As China seeks to control the spread of COVID-19, fewer cars and factories are running. In some places, skies are clearer. But the drop in air pollution and carbon emissions is likely temporary.

  • March 11th 2020 at 10:04

New Gas And Chemical Facilities Crowd Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley'

By Tegan Wendland

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.

  • March 10th 2020 at 10:02

Australia's Extreme Heat

By Nathan Rott

Australia's devastating wildfires grabbed global attention, but far more residents were grappling with deadly, extreme heat. The country is getting hotter, and many communities are not prepared.

  • March 8th 2020 at 22:01

Australia Is Beginning To Recover From Massive Wildfires

By Nathan Rott

Australia's land and people are slowly starting to recover from the country's unprecedented bushfires. But given the devastation, it's not clear when or if communities will return to normal.

  • March 5th 2020 at 22:24

States Take The Wheel Promoting Electric Vehicles

By Jeff Brady
Pam Frank, CEO of ChargEVC, drives a bright Orange Chevrolet Bolt because she wants others to notice its an electric car.

There are nearly 1.5 million electric vehicles in the U.S. today. E.V. boosters want more government incentives to increase that. With little federal movement states like New Jersey are taking action.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

  • March 4th 2020 at 22:19

Why China's Air Has Been Cleaner During The Coronavirus Outbreak

By Lauren Sommer
February satellite readings in the troposphere (the lower atmosphere) of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a pollutant primarily from burning fossil fuels, show a dramatic decline compared to early January when power plants were operating at normal levels.

Air pollution levels have dropped dramatically as power plants and factories have slowed down — potentially saving lives. But the public health benefits aren't so simple to calculate.

(Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory )

  • March 4th 2020 at 21:13

All Bushfires Extinguished In Australia's Hardest-Hit New South Wales, Officials Say

By Vanessa Romo
A firefighter coats a bridge with foam as a bushfire burns near Moruya, New South Wales, Australia, on Jan. 25. Wildfires destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed more nearly 11 million hectares since the summer fires began.

It's the first time since July that the state has been fire-free. "That's more than 240 days of fire activity" across the country's most populous state, New South Wales Rural Fire Service said.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

  • March 2nd 2020 at 23:31
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