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Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.
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Paradise, Calif., Water Is Contaminated But Residents Are Moving Back Anyway

4/16/2019
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Despite public health warnings about benzene contamination in the town's water supply, some Paradise residents say they have no choice but to return.

Duration:00:05:20

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

4/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:10

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

4/15/2019
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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.

Duration:00:03:08

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

4/15/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:18

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

4/13/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:30

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

4/12/2019
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A shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security has left some wondering about the direction of President Trump's immigration policy.

Duration:00:47:02

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

4/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:03:34

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

4/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:06

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

4/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:03:48

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

4/10/2019
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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.

Duration:00:05:11

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

4/10/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:31

As Dunes Disappear, Fiber Rolls Protect Cape Cod Homes From Coastal Erosion

4/9/2019
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Beachfront homeowner Laura Wing in Sandwich, Mass., says the sand in front of her house is eroding away. Her best option is to create man-made dunes by installing huge fiber rolls along the shore.

Duration:00:04:25

'Losing Earth' Explores How Oil Industry Played Politics With The Planet's Fate

4/8/2019
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Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science.

Duration:00:35:39

14-Year Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico Could Go On For Decades

4/8/2019
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The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's been going on since 2004 when a hurricane toppled a rig owned by Taylor Energy, a New Orleans-based firm.

Duration:00:04:31

Shell Withdraws From Oil Lobby Group

4/7/2019
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Royal Dutch Shell is withdrawing from an oil lobbying group because of disagreements about environmental policy. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Amy Harder of Axios about the move.

Duration:00:04:13

Australian Farmers Give Up In The Face Of Extreme Heat

4/6/2019
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Australia is no stranger to periods of extreme heat and drought. But after years with little rain, many farmers in the country's southeast are simply giving up.

Duration:00:04:04

Uprooted Cherry Trees In Nashville Spark Protest Against NFL Draft

4/3/2019
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While the cherry blossoms bloom in Nashville, a controversy has sprouted up about plans to remove a few of them to make way for a stage for the upcoming NFL draft.

Duration:00:03:37

Every Breath You Take: An Indoor Smog Story

4/3/2019
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Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'...

Duration:00:22:40

Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire

4/2/2019
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After back-to-back hurricanes and wildfires, insurers are looking for more-resilient construction materials. That means building model homes and then blowing off their roofs or setting them on fire.

Duration:00:05:05

Building For An Uncertain Future: Miami Residents Adapt To The Changing Climate

3/31/2019
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In Miami, the effects of global warming are not hypothetical predictions but realities of everyday life, prompting change by government, businesses and individuals alike.

Duration:00:09:05