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Science Friday

Making Summer Travel Plans With Climate Change in Mind

Thursday, June 05, 2014

With projections of warmer temperatures and rising sea levels, which tourist destinations should you plan to visit sooner rather than later?

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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

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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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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At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who'd try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.

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Morning Edition

Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Workers are building an underground ice wall around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The wall is the latest attempt to try to keep radioactive water from leaking out of the plant.

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The Takeaway

The Public Health Consequences of Air Pollution

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Politicians often find it difficult to justify climate change legislation. Unlike climate change, air pollution seems to have specific and pressing consequences,  particularly for public health. 

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All Things Considered

An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A group of scientists is on an urgent mission: It's rushing to save as many corals as it can from Miami's shipping channel before the creatures are destroyed in an underwater excavation project.

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All Things Considered

New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.

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The Takeaway

China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

It turns out that China's ready to compete with the U.S. on carbon, too. This week, a Chinese government advisor declared that China will limit total carbon emissions for the first time, with an absolute cap in place by 2016.

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Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Advances in greenhouse technology have made growing flavorful tomatoes year-round easier. And scientists say climate change may soon make it harder to grow delicious tomatoes outdoors in fields.

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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Democracy, Loyalty, and a Carbon Competition

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

1. Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl | 2. Egyptian Democracy Put to the Test | 3. Mastering the Boston Accent is Wicked Hard | 4. China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap | 5. 25 Years After Tiananmen, Activist's Fight Goes On

The Takeaway

Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The border of Southeast Ohio and West Virginia has long been considered coal country. In the wake of President Obama's announcement that he plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Bob Vincenzo, the mayor of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is worried about the future of his town—and the region.

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Morning Edition

Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For the first time, the U.S. would regulate the greenhouse gas causing emissions from existing coal plants. The goal is to reduce emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

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Morning Edition

GOP Demonizes Once Favored Cap-And-Trade Policy

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Republicans say the EPA is going to kill jobs and raise electricity prices with new carbon emissions limits. They're up in arms about something their own party championed during GOP presidencies.

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Morning Edition

Pa. Coal Area Worries Emission Rules Will Cost Economy Jobs

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In Greene County, Pa., one in five jobs is in the coal industry. The EPA rules announced Monday were met with skepticism, and worries about what it will mean for the local economy.

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Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Monday, June 02, 2014

People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.

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All Things Considered

Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency wants power plants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent. Analysts say the impact on consumers will hinge on how individual states move to meet the standards.

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