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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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Big Fish Stories Getting Littler

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

She found them in the Key West library: an old stash of "Look at What I Caught!" photos, proud fishermen showing off their big catch of the day back in the 1950s, '60s, '80s. As she looked, she noticed something odd. Something important.

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The Takeaway

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Local Perspective

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become a national controversy. While environmental groups protest the pipeline's expansion from Cushing, Oklahoma to Alberta, Canada, Congressional Republicans are pushing for the Obama Administration's approval. With the national debate in the headlines, The Takeaway hears from three reporters to examine the impact of the proposed pipeline. Mose Buchele, a state impact reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas; Katie Schubert, news director for KIOS Omaha, and Joe Wertz, a state impact reporter in Norman, Oklahoma, weigh in.

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New Tech City

The Reason Why Internet Servers (Hopefully) Won't Destroy the Earth

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Search — not storage — is the biggest conundrum for big data. 

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Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Monday, February 03, 2014

Passenger pigeons went. Dodos went. Buffalo nearly went. But here's the surprise. Three of the weediest, everywhere-ist animals we know (the common pigeon, the white-tailed deer and Canada geese) — they almost went too! Everything, it turns out, is fragile.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Booming Business of Global Warming

Monday, February 03, 2014

McKenzie Funk looks into how some entrepreneurs and even some nations stand to benefit from a changing climate. In Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, Funk traveled to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurs who see a potential windfall from drought, floods, and melting ice caps.

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WATCH: Breathtaking New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Record Jump

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The skydiver who set world records for the highest and fastest jump, plunged from 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier on his way down.

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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mount Sinabung had been active for months and the latest eruption occurred only a day after authorities, believing the worst was over, allowed thousands of evacuees to return to their homes.

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Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmers' Almanac: Whom Do You Trust?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?

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Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The men videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

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State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal cleared a significant hurdle Friday. The State Department concluded the project would not significantly worsen the problem of climate change. The decision has angered environmentalists, who don't want the project to go through.

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U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

Friday, January 31, 2014

The report concludes that the production of Canada's tar-sand crude, which causes more greenhouse gases than other forms, won't be affected if the pipeline moves forward.

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The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

Friday, January 31, 2014

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's been there for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years — a huge, solid, endless mass of white ice. Then, all of sudden ("It's starting, Adam," says an onlooker) there's a crack, then another, and whoosh, an immense field vanishes — splits, splits again, and right before your eyes (you've got to see this) sinks into the sea. This is how ice leaves our planet.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Diving in the Gowanus Canal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

John D’Aquino tells us about putting on a head-to-toe Hazmat dry diving suit last week and jumping into the Gowanus Canal, one of the country’s most polluted waterways. He’ll explain why he did it and what he found at the bottom of New York City’s notorious superfund site. He's joined by commercial diver Lenny Speregen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Microplastics in our Water

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic commonly used in personal care products, are showing up in waterways across the nation. These tiny particles are considered potentially dangerous to the environment because of their tendency to absorb toxins in the water and then get consumed by fish and other organisms. Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia, explain the hazards of these particles in our water.

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This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?

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