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Massive Nor'easter Rakes New England

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The storm has dropped 10 inches of snow on parts of Massachusetts and spawned 40-to-50 foot waves off the coast of Maine.

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All Things Considered

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The lives of fishermen in Alaska were forever changed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago. They're still haunted by litigation, bankruptcy and herring that haven't returned.

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All Things Considered

Washington State's 'Slide Hill' Has A History Of Landslides

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with Seattle Times reporter Ken Armstrong about the instability of the land in Snohomish County in Washington that was affected by the massive mudslide.

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WNYC News

A Potential Price for Bags at Retail Stores

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nothing is free — including disposable bags. 

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The Takeaway

Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's day four in the rescue effort to find survivors after a mudslide devastated a community in Washington State. Residents are crying out for stability in the wake of this unfolding tragedy that has left many missing and at least 14 people dead. Ed Ronco, Morning Edition host and producer for KPLU in Seattle, weighs in on the rescue and recovery efforts and the way forward for Washington.

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Morning Edition

Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

West Virginia's drinking water crisis earlier this year highlighted an unsettling truth about tap water: Treatment plants test for only a fraction of the chemicals in use.

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Morning Edition

Truckin': Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

California's severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can't make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.

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All Things Considered

In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.

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All Things Considered

After Oil Spill, Ships Start Moving — But Cleanup Has Just Begun

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

After a vast oil spill in the waters off Houston, authorities are reopening the shipping channel, hoping to ease the wait on those using it. Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media explains the cleanup.

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Pollution From Home Stoves Kills Millions Of People Worldwide

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Air pollution causes 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, with half of the deaths caused by fumes from home stoves. Fixing the problem isn't as simple as providing more efficient stoves. Habits must change, too.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Superfund Site Cleanups: “A Merry-Go-Round of Toxic Waste”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The clean-up at Superfund sites often creates its own trail of environmental problems as toxic waste is treated and shipped from place to place.

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Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women's Rights Advocate Humaira Awais Shahid; Drama in Ancient Rome; Broccoli; Superfund Cleanup Makes a Mess

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On today’s show: Humaira Awais Shahid talks about becoming a prominent Muslim woman activist in Pakistan, and how Islamic values could become an agent for change. Classical historian James Romm looks at the dramatic life of Seneca, one of Ancient Rome’s best-known writers and philosophers. Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful food podcast, tries to explain why broccoli isn’t more appreciated. And we’ll find out how the clean-up of Superfund sites has created its own host of environmental problems across the country.

All Things Considered

Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China

Monday, March 24, 2014

Asian carp are not just a problem for the Great Lakes region. Fish processors in Kentucky are finding novel ways to dispose of them — including sending them to China, where they are prized as food.

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All Things Considered

Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thousands of gallons of fuel oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay, Texas, over the weekend. The spill disrupted shipping and threatens wildlife in the area, and the containment effort has begun.

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All Things Considered

A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Exxon Valdez spill prompted lawmakers and regulators to change how they oversee the oil industry. And while experts say the industry's safer now, riskier work continues to test the rules.

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All Things Considered

The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Exxon Valdez spill happened 25 years ago Monday, and only 4 years ago this spring, a British Petroleum well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. New research shows the effects of such disasters on the fish in those regions. The study focuses on commercially valuable fish and finds that concentrations of oil can be toxic to developing fish hearts.

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The Takeaway

Energy Giant Caught Illegally Polluting River

Monday, March 24, 2014

According to state regulators, Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. Michael Biesecker, a reporter for the Associated Press who's been following this story, and Kemp Burdette, a river keeper and executive director of Cape Fear River Watch, explain how the nation's largest electricity company got away with the illegal dumping for months.

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Morning Edition

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Monday, March 24, 2014

The tiny fishing town of Cordova, Alaska, has weathered disruption in every facet of life since an oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

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The Lingering Legacy Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Sunday, March 23, 2014

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondents Jeff Brady and Debbie Elliott about the accident and the lessons learned.

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