Environment

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 4:13pm 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.
  • 4:19pm 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.