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President Obama To Visit Everglades National Park On Earth Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

President Obama will honor Earth Day Wednesday by visiting the Florida Everglades, an area greatly affected by climate change. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Florida International University ecologist Evelyn Gaiser about what damage has already been done to the region.

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WQXR Features

Earth Day: How Mother Nature Inspired Four Major Composers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday marked Earth Day, and WQXR featured a number of pieces throughout the day inspired by nature and environmental awareness.

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PRI's The World

A real hockey meltdown threatens Canada's signature sport

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Legend has it that hockey great Wayne Gretzky learned how to skate on an outdoor rink, just like millions of other Canadians. But climate change could make Canada's backyard rinks a thing of the past.

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Morning Edition

Sad And Smelly: Massive Fish Die-Off At Rio's 2016 Olympic Site

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than 50 tons of dead fish have been removed from a Rio de Janeiro lagoon slated to host Olympic events. Specialists blame algae blooms but water quality has been a concern for Olympic organizers.

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Morning Edition

Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Indonesia, efforts are underway to grow palms in a sustainable way. But that's putting a squeeze on small farmers.

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All Things Considered

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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All Things Considered

BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

Monday, April 20, 2015

Offshore oil industry safety standards have been scrutinized since the BP spill five years ago. It happened when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing over 3 billion barrels to gush out.

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The Takeaway

A Portrait of Resilience Five Years After Deepwater Horizon

Monday, April 20, 2015

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the owner of a small business dependent on the water and the environment in southern Mississippi weighs in on what's changed.

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EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

Monday, April 20, 2015

With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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Morning Edition

Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.

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Morning Edition

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

Monday, April 20, 2015

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound.

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Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Australia suffered a drought in the 2000s, it set up markets to trade water rights. NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks McKenzie Funk whether water markets could help California.

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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.

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All Things Considered

As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

Friday, April 17, 2015

Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.

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The Takeaway

Imagining a World Without Birds

Friday, April 17, 2015

When he's not busy fielding nominations for Pulitzers, Jonathan Franzen is involved in a passionate fight against the poaching of endangered songbirds.

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Morning Edition

India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Friday, April 17, 2015

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups

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All Things Considered

California Cities Struggle To Enforce Mandatory Water Restrictions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state to cut back its water use by 25 percent overall and mandated specific targets for each city.

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PRI's The World

To prevent the next Ebola, scientists try to catch new viruses before they break out

Thursday, April 16, 2015

With the Ebola outbreak not yet behind us, global health workers are already scrambling to prevent what could be the next big outbreak of an emerging disease caused by a virus that jumped from animals into humans. In Tanzania, an organization is trying a new approach to tracking these new viruses and preventing another pandemic.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Waning Western Water, Remote Microbiome, Less Dark Dark Matter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, a look at snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, studying the microbes that live on and in residents of a remote Amazonian village, and a new look for dark matter.

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