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All Things Considered

California Races To Protect Its Forests As Fire Season Begins

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

This week marks the official start to California's fire season. The state's ongoing drought is stressing its forests and trees, making them even more vulnerable.

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The Takeaway

Fracking Chemicals Found in PA Drinking Water

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, new research has found that a chemical used in fracking operations has made its way into drinking water that was sampled from three homes in the region.

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Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?

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Schoolbook

Students Set Sail in Handmade Boats

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New York City high school students put their boats in the Hudson River this weekend, after a long winter of building sea-ready vessels.
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Morning Edition

Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

California officials are finalizing a mandatory plan to cut water use across the state. Cities looking for a road map on how to save water might consider Santa Barbara's example.

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Morning Edition

Teens Say California Drought Makes Tap Water Taste Funky

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A firsthand look at how the historic drought is affecting local teens' quest to quench their thirsts.

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Morning Edition

A Novel Dutch Lawsuit Demands Government Cut Carbon Emissions

Monday, May 04, 2015

An environmental group is behind the class-action suit that says the government is not doing enough to protect citizens. A ruling in the closely watched case is expected next month.

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Morning Edition

A Landscape Of Abundance Becomes A Landscape Of Scarcity

Monday, May 04, 2015

Photographer Matt Black spends his days capturing images that illustrate the impact of the drought on people living in California's Central Valley.

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All Things Considered

It's A Beautiful Tree But It Causes A Stink

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The disease-resistant Callery pear once was American cities' street tree of choice. One community in Pennsylvania has banned it. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 24, 2015.

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PRI's The World

If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is famous for its electric cars, and it's now moving into the world of batteries. The company introduced new systems designed to store power from unreliable wind and solar sources, hoping to make a fortune and change the energy market forever.

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Morning Edition

Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.

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Fresh Air

Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.

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Science Friday

Hr2: The Tesla Battery, Debating Gene Editing, Celebrity Scientists, and Oliver Sacks

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A look at a new battery from Elon Musk, the debate around gene editing, scientists who have become popular icons, and the other side of Oliver Sacks.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Psychiatry's Early Days, Earthquake Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The week in science, a new book about psychiatry's history, and seismic risk and safety in Nepal

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PRI's The World

Pope Francis is making waves on the issue of global climate change

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advocates for more aggressive action on climate change are counting Pope Francis as a powerful new ally. But the head of the Roman Catholic Church is ruffling some feathers even before coming out with a highly anticipated Catholic teaching on environmental issues.

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All Things Considered

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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The Takeaway

Nepal Reels As Death Toll Continues To Rise

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Humanitarian aid is slowly flowing into Nepal, but many areas remain inaccessible. Whole villages have been buried, and officials to fear that the final death toll will be over 10,000.

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis Tackles Climate Change

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis is hosting a Vatican conference on climate change in anticipation of a major announcement on the environment to be made this summer. 

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All Things Considered

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.

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