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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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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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WNYC News

Central Park's Newest Resident: a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Monday, June 02, 2014

A bird that usually just passes through Central Park may now be nesting there — for the first time in the park's recorded history. And birders have checked records going back to 1866.

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All Things Considered

EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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All Things Considered

With New EPA Rules, McCarthy Sees Economic Upside In Health Savings

Monday, June 02, 2014

For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.

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EPA Chief Says Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions

Monday, June 02, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calls new rules on greenhouse gas reduction perhaps the most significant in the agency's history.

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Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Plans To Spend A Month Underwater

Monday, June 02, 2014

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of five headed down to the underwater laboratory Aquarius, just off the Florida Keys, on Sunday. He and his team intend to stay submerged until July 2.

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EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 02, 2014

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive.

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Morning Edition

Even If Keystone Pipeline Rejected, Oil May Still Cross Neb. By Rail

Monday, June 02, 2014

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has generated controversy, especially in Nebraska, where opposition to transporting crude from the oil sands of Canada has delayed a national decision on the project.

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Morning Edition

EPA To Propose Rules To Deeply Cut Power Plant Emissions

Monday, June 02, 2014

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency will propose rules to regulate the amount of carbon pollution existing facilities can release. The EPA reportedly is seeking a 30 percent cut.

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The Takeaway

New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight

Monday, June 02, 2014

Today President Obama announces new rules on carbon emissions for existing, coal-fired power plants. The EPA’s proposals would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent, but not without a few lawsuits and political battles in the process.

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Obama To Wield Executive Power To Limit Carbon Emissions

Sunday, June 01, 2014

President Obama plans to announce Monday his most ambitious plan yet to combat climate change. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Princeton professor Michael Oppenheimer about the significance of the plan.

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Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst

Friday, May 30, 2014

Four years of crippling drought has withered the agricultural economies of Great Plains states like Oklahoma. The USDA forecasts this year's wheat crop will be half what it would be in a good year.

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How A Food Stylist Made Squirrel And Earthworm Look Appetizing

Friday, May 30, 2014

Environmentalists say we should eat up animals that are an ecological nuisance. Problem is, they don't usually look very tasty. A photo project tries to alter our perception of these critters.

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The Takeaway

Anxiously Awaiting Obama's Climate Address

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lawmakers and environmentalists in the real world are waiting anxiously ahead of President Obama's Monday announcement on how the administration will plan to reduce carbon emissions. Joining The Takeaway is Justin Gillis, who covers environmental science and policy for The New York Times.

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Morning Edition

During A Drought, Senior Water-Rights Holders Have Privileges

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amid California's drought, some big farmers and corporations have unrestricted water because of special deals. David Greene talks to Jay Lund, a water resources professor at UC Davis.

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All Things Considered

Conservatives, Environmentalists Found Common Ground In Cap And Trade

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to George H.W. Bush, assisted in the development of the cap-and-trade system. He talks to Robert Siegel about how the system evolved over time.

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All Things Considered

As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.

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All Things Considered

States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Next week President Obama will unveil his plan for the first nationwide program to control greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical power sector. States that have already started to control such emissions say it's not as hard as they thought it would be. They've ended up exceeding their goals, largely because of abundant natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.

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