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Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

Friday, March 07, 2014

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Big Coal

Friday, March 07, 2014

In 2012 U.S. coal consumption fell to its lowest level in 25 years, and as Wall Street looks toward more sustainable energy—and with the abundance of natural gas—coal mining companies are struggling. But the industry is not going down without a fight. Richard Martin, Fortune magazine contributor, writes about it in his article “Big Coal’s Last Stand.”

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All Things Considered

Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Pig Poop Is Getting into Iowa's Drinking Water

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"The problem is that the soil itself is saturated, at this point, with manure."

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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The park's bears have developed a taste for human food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Michio Kaku Imagines ‘The Future of the Mind’

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Delving Into the Security of an Internet of Things

Thursday, March 06, 2014

As more devices come online, is enough attention being given to security and privacy?

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Science Friday

SciFri: ‘Particle Fever’ Captures the Excitement of the Higgs Discovery

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Particle Fever takes filmgoers behind the scenes of physics’ big breakthrough: the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Battling HIV, Using a Body’s Own Immune Cells

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Researchers are exploring a new approach to fighting HIV infection by genetically modifying a person’s own immune cells to be resistant to the virus.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Where Do Sea Turtles Go During Their ‘Lost Years’?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.

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Morning Edition

Law Aims To Keep Chicago From Becoming Petcoke Dumping Ground

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Midwest refineries are processing crude oil from Canada's tar sands. Chicago officials voted to ban any new companies from storing petroleum coke in the city, and said existing companies can't expand.

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All Things Considered

Even After The Floods, The Drought Continues

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The storms that drenched California recently did little to combat one of the state's worst droughts in a century. Farmers in California's Central Valley say they need "Biblical proportions" of rain.

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All Things Considered

With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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Chipotle Says There's No 'Guacapocalypse' Looming

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Yes, climate change raises the risk that avocados will become extra pricey. But Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.

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Morning Edition

Wind River Indian Reservation's Borders Are Disputed

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The borders have grown by about a million acres after a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency. Tribes see it as righting a historical wrong. The state is fighting the move.

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Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A team of scientists says it has reawakened an ancient pathogen. It's not dangerous to humans, but they warn that climate change could free potentially deadly organisms locked in permafrost.

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Nepal Cracks Down On Messy Everest Climbers

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Authorities say that from now on, climbers on the world's tallest peak will be expected to return 18 pounds of garbage on their way down or lose a $4,000 deposit.

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Divers Find 65-Foot Crack In Columbia River Dam

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The 2-inch-wide crack was found after an engineer spotted an odd curve on part of the Wanapum Dam near the town of Vantage. The water behind the dam was drawn down to its lowest level in 50 years.

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The Takeaway

Fracking Takes Toll on Texas Air

Monday, March 03, 2014

Fracking has boomed in Texas, a state with a deep history of oil and energy exploration. While many have profited from the energy boom, hundreds more are finding that the air smells funny, their heads hurt, and their noses are bleeding. But with minimal regulation, and no comprehensive health studies, residents have little recourse. Lisa Song, a reporter for InsideClimate News, explains the health impacts for local residents and the politics at play in the Eagle Ford Shale.

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All Things Considered

Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Northern Nevada is feeling the wide-ranging effects of the drought. With grazing land diminishing and feed prices soaring, the cattle industry is reeling.

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