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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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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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All Things Considered

New Twist In Ecuadorians' Long Pollution Fight With Chevron

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that the multibillion-dollar pollution settlement that Ecuadorian residents won against Chevron was fraudulent. His decision follows massive corruption on the part of the lawyer defending the Ecuadorians. It's yet another wrinkle in a litigation saga that has lasted over two decades. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld in Ecuador.

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All Things Considered

The Change That Seeped From The Exxon Valdez Spill

Saturday, March 22, 2014

On March 24, 1989, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood on the Exxon Valdez supertanker told the Vessel Traffic Center in Valdez that the ship was leaking oil. They had run aground into a reef off the Alaskan coast, causing one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. NPR looks at the impact of the spill 25 years on.

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All Things Considered

Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

Saturday, March 22, 2014

In the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill off the Alaskan coast, scientists expected the worst damage to be short-lived. Instead, the spill shattered conventional wisdom about oil's affect on wildlife.

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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.

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How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Friday, March 21, 2014

Many meat-eating animal lovers may not realize that their hankering for hamburgers hurts wildlife. A conservation group says some species have already been driven extinct by the livestock industry.

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Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.

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What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Count the army ants; count the starlings; count the herring, the pigeons and the fans at a Rod Stewart concert in Rio, and then ask: What's the greatest gathering of animals ever?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Food Failures: Knead-to-Know Science Behind Bread

Thursday, March 20, 2014

America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Test What the Nose Knows

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Digital Gets Physical

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Bird-Like ‘Chicken From Hell’ Dino Discovery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sculpting Science

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

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White House Launches Climate Change Data Website

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Climate.data.gov is designed to make government data more accessible to researchers and industries trying to adapt to global warming.

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All Things Considered

Giant Lizards Rise In Fla. — And They've Got Quite An Appetite

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giant lizards are coming out of hibernation in Florida. Trouble is, Robin Sussingham of WUSF reports, they're members of an invasive species with a taste for the eggs and hatchlings of native animals.

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WNYC News

New Sanitation Commissioner Faces Challenges

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kathryn Garcia is well known in city government and among environmental groups, but her only experience in the Sanitation Department comes from an internship there more than 20 years ago.

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