Environment

  • 2:57pm Apr 02, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

    Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.
  • European bison, or wisents, keep a safe distance from human visitors to their enclosure on the property of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Germany's densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
    Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson / NPR
    5:17pm Apr 01, 2013
    World News World News Environment

    German Prince Plans To Put Bison Back In The Wild

    The prince's dream of reintroducing European bison, or wisent, into Germany's most densely populated state will soon be reality. It will be the first time in nearly 300 years that these creatures will roam Western Europe. But not everyone is as excited as the prince.
  • 9:26am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Secret Life Of the Sonoran Desert

    The Sonoran Desert, which spans some 100,000 square miles in southwestern North America, is one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss some lesser known desert creatures, and explore the secret life of that American southwest icon, the saguaro cactus.
  • 2:58pm Mar 22, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Abnormally Normal Science Of Sinkholes

    When a Florida man vanished into a massive sinkhole that opened underneath his home in February, the case garnered national attention. But geologists say sinkholes occur regularly without much notice.
  • 3:04pm Mar 21, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    When The Earth Swallows

    Last week a Florida man was swallowed by the Earth as he slept, the victim of a sinkhole. In 1981, another Florida sinkhole ate a swimming pool and a Porsche repair shop. Randall Orndorff, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, discusses this mysterious phenomenon, and whether technology exists to predict when--and where--the surface might crumble.
  • An Afghan laborer works in a firewood yard at a market in Herat on Dec. 11, 2011.
    Aref Karimi / AFP/Getty Images
    2:34pm Mar 18, 2013
    World News World News Environment

    Afghanistan's Forests A Casualty Of Timber Smuggling

    Over the past three decades, the U.N. says Afghanistan's forest cover has decreased by about 50 percent — to just about 2 percent of the country's land. The main reason is the illegal harvesting and trade of timber. A visit to Kunar province, near the Pakistan border, reveals that many people, from top officials down, are involved.
  • Nelson Kanuk, a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, is one of six Alaskan youth suing the state, asking it to pay more attention to climate change.
    Ed Ronco for NPR
    6:49pm Mar 14, 2013
    National National Environment

    As His Home Melts Away, Teenager Sues Alaska

    Nelson Kanuk, an 18-year old Yup'ik Eskimo, has seen the permafrost his home is built on melt, and in a year or two the house could be gone. Kanuk argues the state needs to take more action on climate change.