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China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated

Friday, April 18, 2014

A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."

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All Things Considered

Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Farmers in the parched Central Valley are joining forces with farmworkers and a broad cross section of politicians to pressure the federal government to offer relief.

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Science Friday

SciFri: How a Warming Planet Will Change What's on Your Plate

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Amir Aczel: 'Why Science Does Not Disprove God'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Aczel's latest book chronicles the New Atheist movement, taking aim at scientists like Richard Dawkins.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Discovering Your Inner Fish

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Spotting Earth's Cousin in the Cosmos

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.

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Science Friday

SciFri: E.O. Wilson: ‘A Window on Eternity’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

E.O. Wilson discusses the recovery and biodiversity of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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All Things Considered

Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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Morning Edition

As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.

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All Things Considered

For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

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WNYC News

NY Poet and Science Journalist Win Pulitzers

Monday, April 14, 2014

WNYC

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced today, and New York boasts four of the winners.

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Morning Edition

Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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All Things Considered

When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Friday, April 11, 2014

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

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All Things Considered

South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

Friday, April 11, 2014

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.

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What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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Science Friday

SciFri: Up Close With the Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15, will be visible from all over North and South America.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Study Vole Romance Under the Influence

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To learn how alcohol affects relationships, scientists mix prairie voles a drink.

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