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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Morning Edition

Concerns Linger For N.C. Residents After Coal Ash Spill

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

It has been nearly 2 months since a metal stormwater pipe ruptured near the Dan River. A federal criminal probe was launched into the relationship between Duke Energy and a state environmental agency.

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All Things Considered

Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

Monday, March 31, 2014

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.

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All Things Considered

International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Monday, March 31, 2014

Since the world community banned whaling, Japan has continued to permit its fleet to kill whales under the guise of scientific research. The International Court of Justice in the Hague Monday ordered Japan to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Japan says it will abide by the ruling.

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U.N. Report Raises Climate Change Warning, Points To Opportunities

Monday, March 31, 2014

In many ways, the world is "ill-prepared" for the dangers, scientists say in a new report. They also say efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut water consumption could help make a difference.

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Morning Edition

Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Monday, March 31, 2014

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That's debatable.

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All Things Considered

Review Of West Virginia Water Finds More Work To Be Done

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This week, an independent team testing water quality at homes in West Virginia released some results, and met with residents. They found that small amounts of coal-cleaning chemical are still present in residents' water.

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In U.S., Mudslides Common, But Usually Few Deaths

Friday, March 28, 2014

As teams continue digging through the wreckage of the small communities destroyed by the Washington state mudslide, we answer some questions about this natural phenomenon.

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The Takeaway

Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom. 

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Science Friday

SciFri: Dwarf Planet Found at the Edge of the Solar System

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dwarf planet 2012 VP-113 takes approximately 4,000 years to orbit the sun once.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Racing Towards Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Toyota plans to release a hydrogen fuel cell car in California by 2015.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Robot Builders with Bugs for Brains

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The bugs meet the bots in the world of swarm robotics.

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