Environment

  • 2:30pm Feb 28, 2013
    Environment Environment

    After The Spill: The Environment And Economy Of The Gulf

    In July 2010, the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion fouled beaches and wetlands, killed wildlife, and ruined seafood businesses. Nearly three years later, as the civil trial against BP begins, those who live and work in the area continue to feel the disaster's effects.
  • 7:23pm Feb 25, 2013
    Science Science Environment Health & Safety

    Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate Summers

    It's not just the heat — it's the humidity. Health experts actually apply that principle to workers, soldiers and sportsmen who toil outside and in places that lack air conditioning. A study in Nature Climate Change says that global warming will noticeably reduce the amount of time people can spend working and playing safely outside.
  • This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
    The PING Project
    1:19pm Feb 25, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

    A new smartphone app allows users to document falling precipitation in their location. The mPING app aims to help weather officials program radar to determine exactly what's falling near you. For example, is it hail or mixed rain?
  • 1:03pm Feb 22, 2013
    National National Science Environment Health & Safety

    How Wood Smoke is Dirtying Alaska's Air

    In Fairbanks, Alaska, residents are using wood stoves to heat their homes during the frigid winter months. But, smoke created by these wood burners is contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country. Cathy Cahill discusses air quality in the Last Frontier.
  • Dr. J. William Hirzy, a chemistry professor at American Universiy, rests outside the rally route with a graph he uses to teach his students about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature.
    Daniel M.N. Turner / NPR
    4:33pm Feb 20, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government Environment

    Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

    Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Jim Gandy, chief meteorologist for WLTX, in Columbia, S.C.
    Brian Dressler / Courtesy of WLTX
    5:31pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Forecasting Climate With A Chance Of Backlash

    A surprising number of TV weather presenters are vocal deniers of climate change, while others fear audience backlash if they talk about such a polarizing topic. But one meteorologist in South Carolina is waging a climate education campaign, and says it's going over well.
  • Daniel Riscoe, Jenna Hart, Anthony Chau and Caroline Lloyd (all students from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.) carry donated Christmas trees across Island Beach.
    Adam Cole / NPR
    5:04pm Feb 15, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

    In New Jersey, thousands of discarded Christmas trees have dodged the wood chipper and hit the beach instead. They're being used to jump-start new dunes, but scientists warn that these man-made dunes could be less sturdy than dunes that form naturally.
  • Capt. Art Gaeten holds a blue shark that was caught during a research trip in Nova Scotia. Scientists are studying the impact of swordfish fishing methods on the shark population.
    Dean Casavechia for NPR
    1:19pm Feb 13, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?

    Industry demand for the "sustainable seafood" label, issued by the Marine Stewardship Council, is increasing. But some environmentalists fear fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble — or when there's not enough information to know the impact on the oceans.