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Don't Buy That Picnic Salad; Find It Near The Blanket

Saturday, June 22, 2013

For one Vermont couple, "local" doesn't mean heading to the farmers market. It means finding a natural salad bar at your picnic spot — or maybe even in your backyard.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wild Ones: Humans and Animals

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jon Mooallem, science writer, discusses the state of conservation efforts, and our complicated relationship with the wild world.  He is the author of the new book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America (Penguin, 2013).

→ Event: Jon Mooallem, Black Prairie, and Wild Ones at City Winery July 29th | Info and Tickets

 

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White House Plans Major New Push On Climate Change

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Since his reelection, President Obama has talked a lot about the importance of addressing climate change and promised action. Environmentalists have criticized him for not doing more to confront the issue. In the coming weeks he'll announce a new agenda promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Business And Politics Of Air Quality Regulation

Thursday, June 20, 2013

In a speech in Germany Wednesday, President Barack Obama said it's time to take "bold action" on climate change. Many believe that major changes to policies on carbon emissions lie ahead, which would mean a host of new regulations for businesses.

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Singapore Endures Record Smog

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The choking haze that's enveloped the city state is being caused by brush fires in Indonesia, and Singapore's premier says it could last for weeks.

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And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.

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To Rebuild NYC's Beaches, A Native Plant Savings And Loan

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Last fall, Heather Liljengren was collecting the seeds of New York's native dune grasses. Within days, Hurricane Sandy wiped out the Rockaways' dunes and all their flora. Now, those seeds are growing plants likely to be used to restore the dunes and other natural environments around New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Monona Rossol Talks Mold

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Last fall, flooding from Superstorm Sandy resulted in mold damage in many homes, and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol helped us figure out how to prevent and treat it. Now that we're coming into humid summer weather, we'll take a look at how successful remediation efforts have been, and how we can prevent recurrences.

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How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle, In 6 Gifs

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recycling old bottles into new bottles is surprisingly complex. We visited a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the whole process.

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Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

So often, we take water for granted. But it's not always where we need it, or there when we need it. Two rivers on opposite sides of the country — the Chattahoochee in the South and the Klamath in the far West — may provide lessons for the inevitable and growing dispute over how we manage our most precious resource.

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Denis Hayes on Being Green

Friday, June 14, 2013

Since his days as head of the Solar Energy Research Institute under President Jimmy Carter, Denis Hayes has been pushing to add more renewable energy sources to the country's energy portfolio. Hayes discusses the current U.S. market for renewables such as solar and wind, and gives his take on where he sees America's energy future headed.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Talks Climate and Carbon

Friday, June 14, 2013

Like any major city near a coast, Seattle likely won't be immune from rising sea levels and other effects of global warming. Mayor Mike McGinn discusses the city's plans for addressing climate change, including his push to divest Seattle's pension funds from fossil fuel investments, and the city council's plan to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050.

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With Climate Change, No Happy Clams

Friday, June 14, 2013

Carbon emissions are slowly acidifying ocean waters, forcing marine life to adapt. Oysters and other shellfish, for example, may have a harder time building their shells, according to NOAA's Richard Feely. At Quilcene, Washington's Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, research director Benoit Eudeline says he's already seeing those effects.

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Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Investors like Gates are betting that our planet can't sustain the current rate of growth in animal-based foods for too much longer. Products like Beyond Eggs, a plant-based substitute, are designed to fill the void.

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What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Birds flock. Insects swarm. Fish swim in schools. These are all examples of collective behavior, a concept that has fascinated scientists for decades. For a recent piece in Wired Magazine, science writer Ed Yong explains what this research could tell us about predicting the future.

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To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.

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Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.

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BP Ends Oil Spill Cleanup In Gulf, Except For Louisiana

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Coast Guard will be responsible for any reports of residual oil in areas outside BP's Louisiana patrol zone along the Gulf Coast. There's no end in sight for BP's cleanup efforts in Louisiana, a Coast Guard officer says.

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City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

Monday, June 10, 2013

City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.

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Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire

Monday, June 10, 2013

In California, activists and environmentalists are seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Activists say the massive project would mean even more pollution for nearby neighborhoods that already have some of the worst air in the country.

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