Environment

  • 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.
  • 10:59am Jun 22, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Southern States

    Tawny crazy ants are invading ecosystems and homes in states including Texas and Florida, wiping out other ant species and overwhelming homeowners. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Texas A&M research scientist Robert Puckett, who says the ants are "ecological steamrollers" that reproduce so fast they are nearly impossible to get rid of.
  • An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Baton Rouge, La.
    John W. Poole / NPR
    9:50am Jun 21, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

    The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.
  • 2:35pm Jun 20, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    The Business And Politics Of Air Quality Regulation

    In a speech in Germany Wednesday, President Barack Obama said it's time to take "bold action" on climate change. Many believe that major changes to policies on carbon emissions lie ahead, which would mean a host of new regulations for businesses.
  • Heather Liljengren, a field taxonomist with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, examines the seed pods of the Virginia spiderwort at Oakwood Beach, Staten Island. Liljengren collects seeds from across the region for a seed bank of native
    Andrea Hsu / NPR
    10:18pm Jun 19, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    To Rebuild NYC's Beaches, A Native Plant Savings And Loan

    Last fall, Heather Liljengren was collecting the seeds of New York's native dune grasses. Within days, Hurricane Sandy wiped out the Rockaways' dunes and all their flora. Now, those seeds are growing plants likely to be used to restore the dunes and other natural environments around New York City.
  • 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.