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Pesticide-Free Zone

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's the latest suburban showdown. Barista Kids recently reported on the growing divide between neighbors who spray their lawns with pesticides... and those who do not. Debbie Galant with New Jersey News Commons speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about a new program to encourage pesticide-free lawns in Montclair.

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Resort Villa Collapses Into Sinkhole Near Disney World

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vacationers staying in central Florida awoke to crashing sounds Sunday night, as their three-story building began to collapse. A large portion of the structure at a resort in Clermont was pulled into a sinkhole. It seems the process was slow enough that everyone in the building got out safely.

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The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

Sunday, August 11, 2013

From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.

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Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

Friday, August 09, 2013

The mushy pile of seeds, skins and stems left over after grapes are pressed used to be one of winemaking's biggest sustainability problems. But instead of heading to the dump, these days, some grape pomace is being reborn in a host of ways, including a nutrient-packed flour substitute.

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Climate Update: Warming Temperatures

Friday, August 09, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual "State of the Climate" assessment. Deke Arndt, an editor of the report, discusses warming temperatures and other climate trends from 2012. Plus, Sol Hsiang, who studies climate and violence, discusses his research connecting rising temperatures to increases in human conflict.

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The Hackers

Friday, August 09, 2013

Technology now allows us to "hack" solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? This hour, we hear from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world.

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Swinging CO2 Levels Show The Earth Is 'Breathing' More Deeply

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere cycle up and down as plants take it up in the summer and let some of it out in the winter. Over the past 50 years, these "breaths" have gotten larger, as plants in the Arctic are taking up more carbon dioxide during the warmer summers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

SkyTruth

Thursday, August 08, 2013

John Amos, President of SkyTruth, talks about using public domain satellite imagery to monitor environmentally harmful developments.

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World-Record Snakehead Fish Caught In U.S.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record for a fisherman using a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills.

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'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Usually bustling streets are nearly empty at noon, and thousands have gone to hospitals for relief. China's National Meteorological Center says the long-running heat wave is driven by a variety of factors, including climate change, as well as Shanghai's construction density, growing population and shrinking green space.

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EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.

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Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Cascades frog used to occupy alpine zones from California to the Canadian border, but its range is shrinking as global temperatures increase and snowpack declines. Scientists are hiking deep into the mountains of the Northwest to study the tiny frog, which makes a call that has been described as a "chuckling" sound.

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Heck No Or Let's Go? Your Thoughts On Lab-Grown Meat

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Earlier this week, we told you about the world's first burger grown in a lab from stem cells. We've chosen a few comments about the technology, which range from disgusted to admiring.

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Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The federal government's top climate scientists announced Tuesday that 2012 was really hot — among the top 10 hottest years on record and the hottest ever in the U.S., with rising sea levels, less Arctic sea ice and warmer oceans. And the American Geophysical Union called humanity "the major influence" on global climate change.

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Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.

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Dredging South Carolina's Rivers For Long-Forgotten Timber

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Dense forests of old-growth pines and cypress once blanketed South Carolina. As farming spread, nearly all the state's virgin trees were logged, but some sank into rivers en route to the sawmills. Now, some entrepreneurs are raising the preserved trees from the muck — and selling them for big money.

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Long Awaited Lab-Grown Burger Is Unveiled In London

Monday, August 05, 2013

Rarely has a single food gotten such star treatment as the hamburger that made its debut in London on Monday. But the burger — grown from stem cells taken from a cow — represents a technology potentially so disruptive that it has attracted the support of Google co-founder Sergei Brin.

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Transportation Nation

Study: Rising Sea Levels Made Sandy Flooding Worse in NYC

Monday, August 05, 2013

WNYC

A new study finds rising sea levels have increased the damage on New York City wrought by hurricanes and storms like Sandy.

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Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Monday, August 05, 2013

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.

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How Can We Defend Earth From Asteroids?

Friday, August 02, 2013

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. Blogger Phil Plait explains all the ways asteroids can cause great destruction, and what we must do to avoid them.

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