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Governors Petition EPA for Tighter Regulations

Monday, December 09, 2013

Today governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states. The petition comes the day before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments to determine the fate of a related E.P.A. regulation known as the “good neighbor” rule. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Coral Davenport, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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Shanghai's Choking Smog Registers 'Beyond Index'

Friday, December 06, 2013

Officials in China's commercial capital ordered schoolchildren to stay indoors, construction to halt and even delayed flights because of the city's highest-ever pollution levels.

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How Important Is A Bee?

Friday, December 06, 2013

When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?

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TED Radio Hour

Are We Ready To Hack The Animal Kingdom?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mankind has driven species after species extinct. Now Stewart Brand says, we have the technology to bring back the species that we wiped out. So should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

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TED Radio Hour

Can Hacking The Stratosphere Solve Climate Change?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap and shocking way to address climate change: What if we inject a huge cloud of sulfur into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reverend Billy Faces One Year in Jail

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Billy Talen, aka "Reverend Billy", discusses the charges he faces for trespassing at JP Morgan Chase during an environmental protest and the possible year in jail he faces.

→ Photos of the Chase Protest

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Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by guidebooks, Internet buzz and hype from chefs. As a result, some known mushroom hunting grounds are taking a beating.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where Are the Monarchs?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

This year, the annual migration of monarch butterflies was just 3 million, down from 60 million the year before. New York Times contributor Jim Robbins talks about why some experts are worried that the migratory pattern could be on the brink of collapse. His article, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” was in the Sunday Review on November 24.

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Moon Turnips? NASA Takes Gardening to New Heights

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The space agency has announced plans to grow turnips, basil and cress on the moon by 2015. The experiment could be good news for astronauts sick of their freeze-dried fare. But researchers say the real goal is to see if humans could one day live — and farm — on the moon.

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Ready — Or Not. Abrupt Climate Changes Worry Scientists Most

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

To forecast sudden global catastrophe — and, perhaps, head it off — we should be spying on the climate at least as closely as we spy on each other, an expert panel warns. Yet the primary global monitoring network has been cut by 30 percent.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack from the southern pine beetle, as warmer temperatures (particularly in winter) have allowed the insect to spread northward. Aaron Weed, postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth, is the lead author of a paper on the effects of climate change on North American forests and has looked at the southern pine beetle's presence in New Jersey. He explains the beetle's spread and what it tells us about dangers to forests in the region. 

 

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I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers

Monday, December 02, 2013

A computer game wants you to help survey the world's cropland. The hope is that the map will be used by organizations around the globe that are working with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.

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Australia Disapproves Of Seeds In Katy Perry CD

Monday, December 02, 2013

Singer Katy Perry's new album has been adored in some reviews, but one critic is the Australian Department of Agriculture. Seeds included in the CD could pose a threat to the environment there.

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Saving The Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Biologists armed with truck-mounted spotlights, flea spray, and anti-plague vaccine roam the South Dakota grasslands each night, five months a year, as part of a 30-year rescue mission.

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Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Renewable energy has become a $220 billion a year industry. But to significantly slow climate change, the power of wind, solar and other renewable sources must vastly expand. Some say the tech breakthroughs needed are on the horizon, though a top economist sees a tougher road ahead.

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'Forecast Bust:' Why 2013 Hurricane Predictions Were So Wrong

Friday, November 29, 2013

Forecasters expected the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season to be really busy — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Americans to expect between seven and 11 hurricanes. But this year has been one of the quietest on record. Why were the predictions so far off?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Toxins in Our Bodies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Industrial hygienist and chemist Monona Rossol discusses a study showing that rich people and poor people have different toxic substances in their bodies. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia Is Making Lab Rats of Us All.

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New Tech City

I Love You Mother Earth, But I Love My iPhone More

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You love the planet and your gadgets, so how do you find a balance?

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Colo. Fracking Votes Put Pressure On Energy Companies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Voters in three Colorado communities passed measures this month limiting the practice of hydraulic fracturing. A close vote in a fourth community means a recount next week. Companies say the measures are creating an uncertain business environment.

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The Takeaway

Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Retro Report documentary team takes us back to 1978, when residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York got some shocking news about the disposal of toxic chemicals in their community: In the 1940s and 50s, Hooker Chemical company had dumped 21,800 tons of toxic waste in the canal. Thirty-five years later, J. P. Olsen, producer for Retro Report, reports on what he found when he went back to the community.

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