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Discovery Of Massive Aquifers Could Be Game Changer For Kenya

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The underground lakes were found in the most arid region of a country where 40 percent of the population lacks access to safe water.

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Never-Ending Stories: Commerce Versus Conservation

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service is set to decide whether to allow or forbid hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on national forest property in Virginia and West Virginia. The battle over public lands in America has been roiling for decades — and is likely to continue ad infinitum.

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Humberto Expected To Become First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The tropical storm is forecast to strengthen to hurricane status, marking a first for an Atlantic season that has been lackluster thus far.

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Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When the swirling, howling winds of the 1930s Dust Bowl gobbled up farmland from Texas to the Dakotas, the federal government planted 100 million trees to act like a giant windbreak. It worked. But now, after years of drought, those old trees are dying.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future with 10 Billion People

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just over 200 years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth; now there are seven billion, and, sometime this century, the world population is expected to reach ten billion. Stephen Emmott, head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research, explains what this steadily growing human population means for the earth: deforestation, desertification, species extinction, growing threats to food and water. His book Ten Billion analyzes the issues our growing population will bring about.

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From The Fall Of Failure, Success Can Take Flight

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Risking and embracing failure is part of the job for explorers and adventurers like aeronaut Salomon August Andrée. His fatal attempt at reaching the North Pole motivated others to push their own limits. The September issue of National Geographic investigates "famous failures" and why they mattered.

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Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Snowshoe hares rely on camouflage, turning white in the winter to match the snow, and then turning brown for the summer. But a changing climate could mean fewer days with snow on the ground, and more days when they're visible to prey.

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Captured Sounds From Ausable Marsh

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Summer's winding down, but it's still hot and muggy enough for a canoe trek to one of the wildest places in New York state. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from Ausable Marsh, in the Champlain Valley.

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Immense Underwater Volcano Is The Biggest On Earth

Friday, September 06, 2013

Scientists report in the journal Nature Geoscience that they've uncovered the largest volcano on Earth in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of Japan. In fact it's one of the largest in the solar system, second only to Olympus Mons on Mars. Scientists have been studying the massive structure for decades, but now are confirming it's a single volcano about the size of New Mexico. It rises about four miles off the sea floor, but doesn't break through the ocean surface. Called Tamu Massif, it hasn't erupted in more than 130 million years, helping to keep its true nature secret.

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Deep In The Pacific, Scientists Discover Biggest Volcano On Earth

Friday, September 06, 2013

Tamu Massif, first thought to be perhaps dozens of individual volcanoes, turns out to be just one — but it's really big. It's about the size of New Mexico.

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Worldwide Researchers Flock to Penguin Meeting

Friday, September 06, 2013

Researchers from around the world gathered this week in Bristol, UK to talk about some well-dressed birds. Peter Barham, one of the organizers of the Eighth International Penguin Conference, describes the meeting and some of the questions penguin researchers want to answer.

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Wildfires Consume Funds Flagged for Prevention

Friday, September 06, 2013

This year, the U.S. Forest Service has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting wildfires, cutting into funds originally set aside to prevent them. Fire historian Steve Pyne compares the way we manage fires today to how we manage health--focused on emergencies, and not prevention.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Whales

Friday, September 06, 2013

This week's Please Explain is about the largest mammals on earth: whales. Joining us are: Dr. John J. Flynn, the Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History and the Dean of the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. He's also the curator of the exhibition "Whales: Giants of the Deep," on view at the museum through January 5. And Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Marine Biologist and Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

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Scientists Look Into Reasons For 2012's Dramatic Weather

Friday, September 06, 2013

Scientists looking back on last year's extreme weather events conclude that human-induced climate change didn't cause any of the events, but appears to have made some of them worse. The results are published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process

Thursday, September 05, 2013

BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP now says the claim process is corrupt and wants to stop all the money flowing from its claims fund.

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Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Range hoods are designed to capture the pollutants from your stove, but many models are not effective and it's hard for consumers to know how good a hood is. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are developing a new standardized test that manufacturers can use to rate their range hoods.

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Native Americans Camp Out To Protest Wis. Mining Project

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A dispute over a proposed iron ore mine in Wisconsin has spilled into the nearby woods. Native Americans have set up a camp to protect land near the mine site and say federal treaty rights allow the campers to stay.

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A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Most of the trucks that haul your fruits, vegetables and frozen foods to the store are currently cooled by diesel engines, not the cleanest of technologies. But researchers are working on a cooling system based on fuel cells to keep your food cool while it travels.

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Bald Eagles Are Back In A Big Way — And The Talons Are Out

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Decimated by hunters, insecticides and other human pressures in the 1960s and 1970s, America's emblematic bird is once again flying high. Roughly 10,000 mated pairs now nest in the continental U.S., up from about 500 in the 1970s. But more birds also means fierce competition for territory and mates.

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How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Snails getting ready for winter are natural carpenters. They construct doors, or maybe you'd call them walls, inside their shells. They do this without hammers, nails or cement. Instead, they use their foot — and of course, their favorite material, mucus. Welcome to the ingenious world of snail construction.

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