Environment

  • 6:19am Jul 12, 2013
    World News World News Environment

    Environmentalists Warn Olympic Games Will Harm Sochi

    Russia is preparing for the 2014 Winter Games — turning a sleepy valley in the Northern Caucasus Mountains into an Olympic village, with brand-new facilities for every Alpine sport. Officials say it will be a world-class destination for winter-sports enthusiasts long after the Games are over. Environmentalists say it's an ecological disaster in the making.
  • Tourists walk across the Badwater Basin, which sits 282 feet below sea level, in Death Valley, Calif., on June 30. People from around the world flock to the area to experience temperatures that rise to the high 120s on a regular basis.
    David Gilkey / NPR
    11:11pm Jul 10, 2013
    National National Environment

    Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley

    July 10 is the 100th anniversary of the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, and a large crowd is expected in Death Valley to celebrate it. In fact, summer is the area's busiest tourist season. Many of these "heat tourists" come from Europe, eager to feel temperatures they don't get at home.
  • Many of the flowers at Hillwood are doing well despite the ever-changing local climate.
    Emily Files / NPR
    12:44pm Jul 06, 2013
    National National Arts Environment

    One Garden's Climate Struggle (And How To Save Yours)

    Two longtime gardeners share the changes they've seen over the years at Hillwood Estate in Washington, D.C. As blooming times become more sporadic, new flowers stand out as stars and an unwelcome fungus springs to life. Take notes: Your garden might benefit from some adjustments.
  • 9:13am Jul 03, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Wildfire Season So Far: Tragic, Destructive And Below Average

    So far during the 2013 wildfire season, more than 800 homes and businesses have burned to the ground, nearly 1.6 million acres were scorched and over 23,000 blazes have required suppression. And two dozen firefighters have died. But as dramatic as it's been, the season has yet to kick into high gear.
  • 5:34am Jun 27, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

    Researchers usually identify natural predators or parasites to combat invasive bugs like the brown marmorated stink bug and the psyllid. But after not finding immediate solutions, they are turning to pesticides and nutrient sprays.
  • In the current New Yorker, Michael Specter explores the conflict among some people who suffer from Lyme disease, and the doctors who study it.
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    4:50pm Jun 26, 2013
    National National Science Environment Health & Safety

    'The Lyme Wars' That Tiny Ticks Have Wrought

    Since Lyme disease was first identified in the late 1970s, it has become the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the country. Journalist Michael Specter talks about his New Yorker article on the disease and its controversial history.
  • 11:13am Jun 26, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government Environment

    Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans

    President Obama on Tuesday announced a wide-ranging plan to address climate change. Rather than taking it to Congress, Obama is implementing the plan on his own. The president wants the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The biggest source of those emissions is coal-fired facilities.