• 7:25am Aug 23, 2013
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    Regulators Monitor 'Serious Leaks' At Japanese Nuclear Plant

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news — more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level.
  • The Crosstex NGL Pipeline is just one such project in the country that has forced long, unwanted legal battles between oil companies and landowners.
    Mose Buchele / KUT
    2:24pm Aug 22, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

    The industry estimates that the U.S. will need to add 2,000 miles of pipeline per year, and that's just natural gas. Oil will need its own infrastructure. That means there will be a lot of pipeline going through a lot of private land — along with sometimes long, drawn-out legal fights with landowners.
  • 7:35am Aug 18, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Dolphin Deaths Alarm Scientists

    The animals are washing ashore at a higher rate than the last 26 years. Host Scott Simon speaks with Charley Potter, collection manager for marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, about the response along the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Chinese beachgoers walk by an algae-covered public beach in Qingdao, China, in July. The seas off China have been hit by their largest-ever growth of algae, ocean officials say, with waves of green growth washing onto the shores.
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    5:49pm Aug 11, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

    From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.
  • More than 40 years ago, the EPA banned oil companies from releasing wastewater into the environment, but made an exception for the arid West. If livestock and wildlife can use the water, companies can release it. Cows like these grazing near a stream of w
    Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
    10:16am Aug 08, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

    The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.
  • People cool off Wednesday in a pool in Shanghai, where temperatures reached an all-time record: 105.4 degrees.
    Frank Langfitt / NPR
    6:41pm Aug 07, 2013
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    'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave

    Usually bustling streets are nearly empty at noon, and thousands have gone to hospitals for relief. China's National Meteorological Center says the long-running heat wave is driven by a variety of factors, including climate change, as well as Shanghai's construction density, growing population and shrinking green space.
  • Pedersen Glacier, 1917
    Louis H. Pedersen / climate.gov/National Snow and Ice Data Center
    8:12pm Aug 06, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

    The federal government's top climate scientists announced Tuesday that 2012 was really hot — among the top 10 hottest years on record and the hottest ever in the U.S., with rising sea levels, less Arctic sea ice and warmer oceans. And the American Geophysical Union called humanity "the major influence" on global climate change.
  • Keri Brown
    7:42pm Aug 06, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Segway Tours Begin in Winston-Salem

    You can now glide your way through downtown Winston-Salem.

    Residents and visitors have a new way to experience the history and culture of Winston-Salem.

  • Nate Pike fears that wells, like this one that supplies his ranch with water, will dry up completely after years of water pumping and irrigation in Kansas.
    Frank Morris / KCUR
    7:27pm Aug 06, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

    New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.