Environment

  • Cattle stand in a heavily irrigated pasture in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin. The state has ordered ranchers in the region to shut down irrigation. The move is aimed at protecting the rights of Indian tribes who live downstream.
    Amelia Templeton for NPR
    7:39pm Jun 15, 2013
    National National Environment

    Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?

    So often, we take water for granted. But it's not always where we need it, or there when we need it. Two rivers on opposite sides of the country — the Chattahoochee in the South and the Klamath in the far West — may provide lessons for the inevitable and growing dispute over how we manage our most precious resource.
  • 4:13pm Jun 14, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Denis Hayes on Being Green

    Since his days as head of the Solar Energy Research Institute under President Jimmy Carter, Denis Hayes has been pushing to add more renewable energy sources to the country's energy portfolio. Hayes discusses the current U.S. market for renewables such as solar and wind, and gives his take on where he sees America's energy future headed.
  • 4:13pm Jun 14, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    With Climate Change, No Happy Clams

    Carbon emissions are slowly acidifying ocean waters, forcing marine life to adapt. Oysters and other shellfish, for example, may have a harder time building their shells, according to NOAA's Richard Feely. At Quilcene, Washington's Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, research director Benoit Eudeline says he's already seeing those effects.
  • 4:13pm Jun 14, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Talks Climate and Carbon

    Like any major city near a coast, Seattle likely won't be immune from rising sea levels and other effects of global warming. Mayor Mike McGinn discusses the city's plans for addressing climate change, including his push to divest Seattle's pension funds from fossil fuel investments, and the city council's plan to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050.
  • 4:19pm Jun 13, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future

    Birds flock. Insects swarm. Fish swim in schools. These are all examples of collective behavior, a concept that has fascinated scientists for decades. For a recent piece in Wired Magazine, science writer Ed Yong explains what this research could tell us about predicting the future.
  • 6:28pm Jun 11, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

    Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.
  • Thierry Chopin from the University of New Brunswick examines a raft that holds strings of seaweed. The seaweed grows around pens of farmed salmon and soaks up some of the nutrients that would otherwise pollute the Bay of Fundy.
    Richard Harris / NPR
    5:38pm Jun 10, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time

    Coastal fish farms are a major source of the seafood we eat, but all the fish waste they generate takes a toll on the environment. So a researcher in Canada is trying to clean up fish farms by creating an ecosystem where fish waste gets taken up by other valuable seafood commodities, like shellfish and kelp.
  • 12:21pm Jun 10, 2013
    National National Economy Environment

    Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire

    In California, activists and environmentalists are seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Activists say the massive project would mean even more pollution for nearby neighborhoods that already have some of the worst air in the country.
  • 7:08am Jun 10, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

    City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
  • 8:29pm Jun 07, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Plug Pulled On California Nuclear Plant, For Good

    Southern California Edison announced Friday morning that it will not restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. The facility has been offline for a year and a half after a leak in a steam tube created safety concerns.