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Safe Swimming: The Best (and Worst) Beaches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WNYC

Report measures water contamination at beaches.

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All Things Considered

In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.

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All Things Considered

Former Treasury Secretary Finds In Climate Change An Economic Threat

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As secretary of the treasury from 2006 to 2009, Henry Paulson grappled firsthand with the U.S. financial crisis. He says he sees a similar pattern now developing related to climate change: mounting excess, flawed policies and unheeded warnings. For that reason, Paulson is working to convince his fellow Republicans and the American business community that a carbon tax is not only a wise move, but a critical one.

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Morning Edition

Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a study by a bipartisan group of former business leaders and public officials. It predicts harsh consequences if action isn't taken.

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Morning Edition

As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rising waters are threatening the giant naval base in Norfolk, Va., as well as the local businesses. The community is beginning to grapple with the reality, but many owners say they're staying put.

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Morning Edition

Baltimore's Water Wheel Keeps On Turning, Pulling In Tons Of Trash

Monday, June 23, 2014

It looks like a cross between an old grain mill, a covered wagon and a spaceship: a giant, solar-powered wheel that sucks in bags, bottles and other detritus from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Could LG and Its Opponents Compromise in the Palisades?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Electronics giant LG plans to build its new US headquarters near the Palisades in New Jersey, which opponents say will destroy the beautiful view. Local officials are now calling for a compromise between LG and its environmental opponents. Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson and a member of the steering committee Protect the Palisades, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving the Hudson River Palisades, discusses what this compromise might look like.

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All Things Considered

Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Friday, June 20, 2014

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.

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Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Friday, June 20, 2014

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Science Friday

Untangling the Web of Spider Science

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Arachnologist Greta Binford traces the evolution of spiders by examining their venom.

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Science Friday

At Reed College, Nuclear Education That’s Really 'Hands-On'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

At Reed College, undergraduates keep a nuclear reactor running.

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Science Friday

Reinventing How City Dwellers Get Around

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Portland, Oregon, is a hotbed for transit innovation. Will other cities catch on?

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Science Friday

What Happens After the Robot Apocalypse?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In Robogenesis, sci-fi author Daniel H. Wilson imagines the world post-robot uprising.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frederick Law Olmsted Made Parks an Essential Part of American Life

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The visionary landscape architect created Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," and more.

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Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A study found that people who consumed broccoli sprouts excreted two air pollutants faster than usual. So does that mean there's something to detoxing with cruciferous veggies? Scientists say maybe.

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Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Goats aren't allowed in Detroit, but billionaire Mark Spitznagel thinks they could help revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Goat raisers in other cities say the animals can be eco-friendly landscapers.

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Morning Edition

Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.

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All Things Considered

Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.

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All Things Considered

White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders

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Science Friday

Beer Science: Crafting the Perfect Pint

Monday, June 16, 2014

Two of Oregon’s craft brew experts pore over hops, yeast, malt, and the microbiology of beer.

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