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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR Environment

Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts

By Samantha Raphelson
A sign notifying people they are standing on the Hayward Fault stands at the children

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

(Image credit: Ben Margot/AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 16:36

For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

By Maria Godoy
Tim Ma prepares a duck confit salad at his restaurant, Kyirisan, in Washington, D.C. Ma says being mindful about reducing food waste is an integral part of his philosophy in the kitchen — not just for environmental reasons but also for profitability.

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)

  • April 20th 2018 at 14:00

How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

By Rae Ellen Bichell
In the fall of 2017, left, Stream Tracker volunteer John Hammond found this creek near Fort Collins, Colo., to be dry. A year later, it was flowing again.

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:06

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

By Lynn Neary
Novelist Richard Powers moved to Tennessee after first visiting the Smoky Mountains — shown above, at sunset — for research.

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

(Image credit: NPS)

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

By Christopher Joyce
An illustration from 1870 shows Prehistoric men using wooden clubs and stone axe to fend off an attacks by a large cave bear. The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago. Mammoths can be seen in the background.

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

(Image credit: British Library/Science Source)

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31
Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Environment

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

By Laurel Wamsley
Scourge of the ocean.

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

(Image credit: Thn Rocn Khosit Rath Phachr Sukh / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)

  • April 19th 2018 at 20:31
Before yesterdayNPR Environment

Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

By Rebecca Hersher
Eddies behind an A. salina shrimp swimming

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

  • April 18th 2018 at 19:43

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

By Christopher Joyce
The Thomas Fire advanced toward Santa Barbara County on Dec. 10, 2017, in Carpinteria, Calif.

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

  • April 17th 2018 at 22:25

EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

By Rebecca Hersher
Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey ripped apart fences and flooded Interstate 10 east of Houston last year. The San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site is on the other side of the road.

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

(Image credit: Rebecca Hersher/NPR)

  • April 16th 2018 at 23:31

The 'New Power' Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have written a guide for spreading ideas, building movements and staying ahead.

(Image credit: Michael Creagh)

  • April 16th 2018 at 17:06

The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

(Image credit: Photo by Drew Anthony Smith for Smithsonian magazine)

  • April 16th 2018 at 16:06

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

By Menaka Wilhelm
Composting food scraps is one way to reduce food waste, but preventing excess food in the first place is better, says the EPA.

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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  • April 16th 2018 at 18:13

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

By Samantha Raphelson
The Greenland ice sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world which covers roughly 80 percent of the country, has been melting and its glaciers retreating at an accelerated pace in recent years due to warmer temperatures.

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation — the conveyor belt of the ocean — is slowing down. Scientists disagree about what's behind it, but say it could mean bad news for the climate.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

  • April 13th 2018 at 23:40

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

By Menaka Wilhelm
University of Puget Sound chemist Dan Burgard keeps a freezer full of archived samples from two wastewater treatment plants in western Washington in case he needs to rerun the samples or analyze a specific drug he didn

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

(Image credit: Dan Burgard)

  • April 13th 2018 at 16:14

National Park Service To 'Modestly' Raise Entrance Fees In Plan To Cut Repair Backlog

By Nathan Rott
Park rangers meet in front of Yosemite Falls in 2016 in Yosemite National Park in California. Increased fees are expected to boost funding for park maintenance across the country.

The National Park Service will increase entrance fees at 117 national parks by at least $5. The increases are far smaller than had previously been proposed by the Trump administration.

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  • April 13th 2018 at 14:28

Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

By Brakkton Booker
Hilda Herrera of New York state is one of 40,000 people who rely on the SNAP program for help buying groceries.

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

(Image credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

  • April 13th 2018 at 01:35

A Thank You To NPR's Science Commentary Readers

By Barbara J. King
Barbara J. King points to some of her favorite science commentaries she has written for NPR.

For 6 1/2 years, Barbara J. King has written commentaries for NPR on everything from animals and anthropology to gender and higher education. Here, she offers up some of her favorite pieces.

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  • April 12th 2018 at 14:27

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

By Christopher Joyce
A new satellite, called MethaneSAT,will track methane emissions from oil and gas fields, as well as agriculture and natural sources. It

Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.

(Image credit: Environmental Defense Fund)

  • April 12th 2018 at 01:30

Government Ethics Officials Raise Red Flags On EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

By Domenico Montanaro
The Office of Government Ethics on Monday said that as an agency head, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt bears "a heightened responsibility" when it comes avoiding conflicts of interest.

With a president keeping a Cabinet-level official on the job despite a raft of scandals, ethics officials are spelling out why that might be a problem.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • April 10th 2018 at 11:00

A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

By Dan Charles
Deb Gangwish inspects soil on her farm near Shelton, Neb.

America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.

(Image credit: Dan Charles)

  • April 9th 2018 at 21:16
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