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Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals. Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.

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Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Monday, December 30, 2013

Conservators have recovered and processed a clump of 22 negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition to the South Pole.

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VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Chaparrastique volcano blew for the first time in 37 years, producing a cloud that rose as much as six miles into the air. Airlines canceled many flight into and out of the country. While things are calmer today, gases are still rising from the volcano.

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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.

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A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.

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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mountain lions are slowly making a comeback, but they live at constant risk of getting hit by cars or shot. In Santa Cruz, Calif., one project tracks how the lions live — and it's already helping to protect the big cats nationwide.

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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This year, crews have collected 4.6 million pounds of oily material from the Gulf Coast shoreline. Coastal residents are asking how long they'll be living with the effects of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can You Give A Community Better Health?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. He hopes to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

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The Takeaway

POLL: Which Species Would You Save?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Scientists say that more than 20,000 plants and animals are on the brink of disappearing forever. How do we decide which species to save? Christine Dell'Amore, News Editor for NationalGeographic.com, will help us answer that question tomorrow. In the meantime, The Takeaway has a challenge for you. Here you'll find three photos of three very different creatures—a giant panda, a grey-faced elephant shrew and an American burying beetle. If you could only save just one, which would you pick? Vote in our poll.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Alternative Energy

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Producing energy from fossil fuels is a dirty, expensive but hugely profitable enterprise. At some point we will have exhausted all the easily accessible sources of fossil fuel and will have to turn to other, cleaner, renewable energy sources. Jeremy Shere looks at what those alternatives will be. In Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy, he tours a traditional coal-fueled power plant, a solar farm at Denver’s airport, attends a Wind Power Expo and a wind farm tour in Texas, and investigates turbines deep in New York City’s East River. He explains the most promising types of renewable energy: namely, biofuel, solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. That's the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.

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WNYC News

Chemical at Goodyear Plant Linked to Cancer in 50 Workers

Monday, December 16, 2013

The substance was made by DuPont and there is new evidence that the company knew ortho-toluidine caused cancer in animals since the 50s.

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How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic. And there's a lot of plastic in the open ocean, which scientists say can act like a sponge, soaking up the chemicals already out there.

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Chinese Ag Scientists Charged With Stealing Patented Seeds

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two men are charged in Kansas and six others in Iowa with conspiring to steal patented seeds from some of the nation's leading seed developers.

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Scientists Map Vast Reserves Of Freshwater Under The Seabed

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scientists think there are potentially valuable fresh groundwater reserves under the sea. There's more than all the water that was ever pumped up in the last century.

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WNYC News

Queens is Radioactive - Literally

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency will likely add a site in Queens to the federal Superfund list after finding higher-than-normal levels of radioactivity.

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Robots Could Help Farmers Rein In Fertilizer Pollution

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When it comes time to fertilizing a cornfield, most farmers use huge machines that weigh at least 10 tons. But three brothers in Minnesota have created a tiny robot they say can do the same job much more efficiently.

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WNYC News

The Snowy Owls Are Saved!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ornithologists rejoice! The Port Authority just announced it will stop shooting dead these adorable little white-plumed creatures who have the unfortunate habit of hanging out at our local airports.

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The Takeaway

How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Environmental Protection Agency vs. EME Homer City Generation. At the heart of the case is the question of who has the power to act on issues of controlling environmental hazards. Jeff Holmstead is a former assistant administrator for the E.P.A. who is now an attorney with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani. While the Obama Administration defends the E.P.A.'s right to regulation, Holmstead disagrees. 

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The Takeaway

Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy | The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A. | The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy | The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A. | How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have? | Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill | Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue | The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences | The 'Invisible' Homeless ...

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