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  • More than 40 years ago, the EPA banned oil companies from releasing wastewater into the environment, but made an exception for the arid West. If livestock and wildlife can use the water, companies can release it. Cows like these grazing near a stream of w
    Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
    10:16am Aug 08, 2013
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    EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

    The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.
  • 5:48pm Aug 07, 2013
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    Black Holes One Of Space's Great Paradoxes

    Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. In this edition: Black holes.
  • Pedersen Glacier, 1917
    Louis H. Pedersen / climate.gov/National Snow and Ice Data Center
    8:12pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

    The federal government's top climate scientists announced Tuesday that 2012 was really hot — among the top 10 hottest years on record and the hottest ever in the U.S., with rising sea levels, less Arctic sea ice and warmer oceans. And the American Geophysical Union called humanity "the major influence" on global climate change.
  • Nate Pike fears that wells, like this one that supplies his ranch with water, will dry up completely after years of water pumping and irrigation in Kansas.
    Frank Morris / KCUR
    7:27pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

    New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.
  • A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
    Wellcome Trust / YouTube
    7:50pm Aug 03, 2013
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    Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

    Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
  • 1:46pm Aug 03, 2013
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    Wildlife Sound Archivist Remembered

    Twenty years ago Saturday, Ted Parker, one of the world's greatest field biologists and sound archivists, died in a plane crash. He made nearly 11,000 wildlife recordings, and could identify some 4,000 different bird species by just the sound of their vocalizations. In this audio montage from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, director John Fitzpatrick offers a remembrance.
  • 11:11am Jul 30, 2013
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    For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

    Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.
  • The Ivanpah solar project in California's Mojave Desert will be the largest solar power plant of its kind in the world.
    Josh Cassidy / KQED
    12:33pm Jul 29, 2013
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    Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.