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In Rare Move, Christie Blocks Pinelands Pay Raise

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The governor vetoes the Pinelands Commission meeting minutes and environmentalists cry foul.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Fracking Changed the World

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy, and we'll find out how and what it means for energy, the environment, and the economy.

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All Things Considered

Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.

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All Things Considered

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The federal government just listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but states are pushing back hard, saying that restrictions could negatively impact a number of industries.

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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

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Morning Edition

States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

As a new tornado season begins, Illinois officials say they need more help from the federal government, and Sens. Kirk and Durbin have reintroduced a bill proposing changes to the disaster formula.

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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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Morning Edition

Washington Mudslide Creates Environmental Hazards

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Ecology have moved in to monitor water pollution and hazardous materials. Residents living in the area have expressed concerns.

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All Things Considered

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

Monday, April 07, 2014

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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All Things Considered

Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks

Friday, April 04, 2014

Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, water is flowing to 35 million people in both countries along the Colorado River Delta. At least for now.

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On The Media

Correcting False Balance

Friday, April 04, 2014

This week the UK Parliament released a report that recommended ways to improve communicating climate change to the public, criticizing the media in particular for promoting false balance. Bob talks with Bob Ward of the London School of Economics about the report and the chief offender.

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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Origins of Violence

Thursday, April 03, 2014

An anthropologist, a psychologist, and a crime writer ask: Are humans hard-wired for violence?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Diving Into the Underground Ocean of One of Saturn’s Moons

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may have an underground ocean the size of Lake Superior.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’

Thursday, April 03, 2014

What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?

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Science Friday

SciFri: How Will Russian-U.S. Politics Affect Our Relationship in Space?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

NASA suspended a majority of its communications with Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Will Drought Ruin the Southwest?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Harper's contributing editor Christopher Ketcham reports on the dying Colorado River, which has been diverted by a series of dams to supply water to the parched Southwest. Ketcham talks about rafting down the river from Utah to Arizona with an environmentalist and the water manager for the city of Denver—two men with dramatically opposed views on how this precious resource should be used. A solution must be found, though, because neither the cities of the Southwest nor California agriculture can ultimately survive if the river runs dry. His article "Razing Arizona" is in the April 2014 issue of Harper's.

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