Cleaning Up More Than 100 Years of Spilled Oil in New Jersey

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Between the Bayway and Bayonne refineries, 600 different contaminants have been found in the soil. But ExxonMobil might just pave over the marshes and walk away.

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MacArthur Genius Fellow Battles Black Carbon

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

According to the MacArthur Foundation, Tami Bond’s work "has the potential to unlock the role of energy in our climate system and to help millions breathe cleaner air."


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New Tech Enables Weather When You Want It

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Cloud seeding," a decades-old method of pumping silver iodide overhead to encourage rainfall, is on the rise as rainfall declines. And scientists can finally say with confidence that it works.


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Oklahoma Pushes Back Against the EPA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last June, President Obama instructed the EPA to issue new regulations on power plant emissions. But Oklahoma is saying not so fast. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is questioning the EPA's legal authority to impose limits state by state.

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Today's Highlights | April 01, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Big Coal; "Dinner with Friends"; Helen Oyeymi's Boy, Snow, Bird; Please Explain

Friday, March 07, 2014

Fortune magazine’s Richard Martin explains why the American coal industry isn’t going down without a fight. Then, Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout’s revival of his play, “Dinner with Friends,” with Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos who star in the production. Helen Oyeyemi discusses her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird. Set in 1953, it tells the story of a woman named Boy who moves to a small town in Massachusetts in search of beauty—and finds something much more complicated. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about why sitting—on our couches, on the subway, at our desks, in our cars—can be so bad for us over the long term.

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Inside the World of Elephant Poaching

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week the Obama Administration announced new restrictions on animal trafficking, including regulations which seek to completely prohibit the sale African ivory in the United States. Damon Tabor went deep inside the shadowy world of elephant poaching and the international ivory trade. His investigation is called "The Ivory Highway." It appears in the March issue of Men’s Journal Magazine.

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Proposed Ban on Microplastics in New York State

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Long Island Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced new legislation this week which would ban plastic microbeads, the tiny abrasive particles commonly used in personal care products. The legislation would make New York State the first in the country to outlaw the beads, which are turning up in waterways and fish. Last month we spoke with Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia about why microplastics are hazardous to the environment. You can listen to that conversation above.

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Our Sleepy Sun?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.

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The Costs of Climate Change

Monday, January 06, 2014

Taxes sounded worse than environmental catastrophe in the politics of 2010, but ironically one of the more persuasive arguments that climate change is real—persuasive especially to anti-tax conservatives—is how changing, unpredictable and severe weather is increasingly exacting a tax on all aspects of life in America. Gary Yohe, professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, explores the hidden costs of climate change.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Climate Change Roadmap

Friday, October 25, 2013

Yesterday, Brian hosted a conversation in WNYC's Greene Space, in collaboration with Marfa Dialogues/New York, on the state of climate change and the latest science and policy solutions. We play a highlight from that conversation on the different types of energy solutions, from coal to nuclear to natural gas.

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Climate Change March

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bill McKibben, environmentalist, resident scholar at Middlebury College and founder of, discusses the weekend protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington.

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Van Jones on How to 'Rebuild the Dream'

Monday, April 02, 2012

In the summer of 2009, Van Jones, special adviser on the environment and green jobs to President Obama, faced a media firestorm. It was fueled by investigations into his past. Jones, a committed environmental activist and civil rights attorney, resigned the following September. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said at the time. Since Jones resigned over two years ago, President Obama has faced mounting criticism from environmental activists, while contenders for the GOP nomination claim that the president is too extreme in his efforts to protect the environment.

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Flash Forward: Urban Fly Lines and Landing on Water

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How people move on planet Earth affects everything about the quality of their lives. Humans have always thought of motion collective or otherwise as extensions of their individual physical bodies. Transportation involves people and machines interacting intimately. Think of it as putting on and taking off a "car suit" to drive, or a much larger "airplane suit" to fly. Thinking of transportation in this sense, how humans conduct their day-to-day lives seems much less efficient.


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Keystone Pipeline Controversy

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jim Robbins, veteran environmental reporter and writer for the New York Times, discusses the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, as well as the environmental and political concerns with oil sands.

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Farm Bill 2012

Friday, July 15, 2011

With corn subsidies for ethanol in play, President of the Environmental Working Group Ken Cook previews the next iteration of the Farm Bill, which is due sometime in 2012.

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Mann v. Ford

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Co-directors Maro Chermayeff and Micah Fink discuss their documentary “Mann v. Ford,” about one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States, which was located just 19 miles from New York City. This toxic Superfund site is at the former home of the Ford Motor Plant in Mahwah, NJ, where thousands of cars were produced, along with toxic paint sludge, which was dumped on nearby Ramapough Mountain Indian land. This film tells the story of Wayne Mann, the leader of a small Native American community, who stands up to Ford. “Mann Vs Ford” is playing July 18 at 9 pm on HBO.

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The Future of Fish

Monday, July 11, 2011

Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh discusses farmed fish. Fish are the last wild food, but our oceans are being picked clean. His article “The End of the Line” investigates whether farming fish can take the place of catching them.

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