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All Things Considered

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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Morning Edition

Rules Force Washington To Cut Emissions More Than Other States

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced strict new carbon emissions regulations. Washington state has the largest reduction target — about 72 percent overall.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How New York Went from Natural Paradise to Man-Made Wonder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Today, the topography of New York City contains skyscrapers, subways, and iconic bridges. But New York was once home to oyster reefs, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. In his book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, Ted Steinberg brings a vanished New York back to life and tells the story of the ongoing struggle between the metropolis we know today and the natural world. 

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With Concern For Environment, Illinois Bans Microbeads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The tiny, plastic bits are used in consumer products such as skin exfoliants and soap. Environmentalists say when microbeads wash down the drain, they become food to fish and other wildlife.

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Morning Edition

How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Virginia is dependent on coal mining and export, but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels. That irony is a very real, day-to-day problem for residents.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Superfund Case

Monday, June 09, 2014

The justices made it harder for residents in a handful of states to sue companies for contamination that wasn't discovered until long after it took place.

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James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

Sunday, June 08, 2014

A private school in Malibu Canyon supported by director James Cameron and his wife is set to go vegan. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to delay healthy school lunch rules for the rest of us.

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A Christian Climate Scientist's Mission To Convert Non-Believers

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and a devout Christian working to convince her fellow Christians that climate change is real. "God gave us the brains to make good choices," she says.

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All Things Considered

Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Friday, June 06, 2014

An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

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TED Radio Hour

If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

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TED Radio Hour

How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.

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TED Radio Hour

Can The Sun Fuel A Flight Around The World?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Explorer Bertrand Piccard explains why he's aiming to carry out an unprecedented mission: to circle the planet in a solar-powered airplane.

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Wall Of Ice Surrounding Fukushima Will Contain Radioactive Water

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Wastewater at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered major damage to its reactors in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, will be contained with an underground frozen barrier.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US and China taking climate change seriously

Thursday, June 05, 2014

US and China taking climate change seriously

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Science Friday

The EPA's New Proposal to Curb Carbon Emissions

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The EPA's proposal sets a 30 percent decrease in power plant carbon emissions by 2030.

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Science Friday

It's a Material World

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In his book Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik explains why the everyday materials around us are truly extraordinary.

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Science Friday

The Goat Brigade

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.

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Science Friday

Documenting the Oldest Living Things in the World

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In her new book of photography, The Oldest Living Things in the World, artist Rachel Sussman documents the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet.

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