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PRI's The World

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Unhappy with the economics of his rooftop solar panels, a German tinkerer invents his own electricity storage system that saves users hundres of dollars a year, makes it easier to integrate renewables into the grid, and wins an award for renewable product of the year.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

California's Water Problem

Monday, April 06, 2015

Environmental reporter Mark Hertsgaard discusses the drought in California, and how misguided water and agriculture policies have contributed to the state's environmental problems.

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Morning Edition

In Long Beach, Calif., Smart Meters Spot Wasteful Water Users

Monday, April 06, 2015

The city has reduced its water consumption 6 percent since the drought started. The new meters can detect illegal watering in real time, and they've helped to cut some homeowners' use by 80 percent.

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Morning Edition

When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Monday, April 06, 2015

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or other event?

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All Things Considered

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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All Things Considered

Coping With California's Drought

Saturday, April 04, 2015

In a week when Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions, NPR's Arun Rath talks with reporter Kirk Siegler about his visit to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the snowpack so vital to the state water supply is dramatically absent.

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All Things Considered

California's Ongoing Drought Hits Water Recreation Businesses

Friday, April 03, 2015

California's ongoing drought isn't just hurting the pocketbooks of farmers. Rafting companies, ski areas and other businesses and towns that depend on water for recreation are also being hit hard.

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All Things Considered

California Water Experts Explore How To 'Live With' Long-Term Drought

Thursday, April 02, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Doug Parker, director of the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California, about longer-term measures California can use to fight drought.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Iran Nuclear Deal, Egg Science, Long-flying Bird

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge, Energy Secretary Moniz talks Iran, Jeff Potter describes egg cookery, and a look at the 1700 mile flight of the blackpoll warbler.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Mercury, BAHFest Science Satire, Cancer Vaccines

Thursday, April 02, 2015

How dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury, a festival that challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses, and looking to the genome of a patients tumor to build a cancer vaccine.

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PRI's The World

California faces the worst water emergency since the Dust Bowl, and it needs solutions fast

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It happened on April Fool's Day, but it's no joke: Governor Jerry Brown says California must reduce its water usage by 25 percent. The state's drought, now in its fourth year, is requiring drastic measures, and one man thinks Australia is the place to look for answers.

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The Takeaway

Drought: A Dry Pill to Swallow in California

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The state has periodically struggled through dry years over the decades, but this is the first time a governor has ever imposed mandatory restrictions on water usage.

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All Things Considered

California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Case Study: Toms River

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Dan Fagin won the Pulitzer Prize for his in-depth account of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, the children who were sickened and the community that fought back. 

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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

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Morning Edition

Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Announces Target To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The White House proposal will be submitted at the next big climate meeting in Paris this December. It marks the beginning of a worldwide plan for countries to combat climate change.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The new target was submitted to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. It is part of a plan for a new international treaty to be hammered out in December in Paris.

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Morning Edition

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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Morning Edition

Specialists Monitor Conditions To Predict Northwest's Water Supply

Monday, March 30, 2015

Snow levels are at record lows for Washington and Oregon. That could create problems later on in the dry season when there's no more snow to feed rivers that depend on snowmelt.

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