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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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Report: Accidents Likely In Environmentally Fragile Seas

Friday, June 07, 2013

The WWF study says that the delicate South China Sea, Mediterranean and North Sea are also among the most prone to shipwrecks.

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Plug Pulled On California Nuclear Plant, For Good

Friday, June 07, 2013

Southern California Edison announced Friday morning that it will not restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. The facility has been offline for a year and a half after a leak in a steam tube created safety concerns.

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Salt, Flies, Pickled Tongues: A Perfect Great Salt Lake Swim

Friday, June 07, 2013

Open water swimmers in Utah perform weekly marathon swims in water five times saltier than the ocean. They endure blisters, wild currents, a variety of temperatures and water that tastes "like a battery." They treasure the beautiful view and the refuge from boat traffic.

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Strengthening Buildings In Tornado Alley

Friday, June 07, 2013

Scenes of destroyed homes and businesses were common following the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. David Prevatt, a structural engineer at the University of Florida, says that improving resistance to tornadoes will require better building materials and techniques, plus a strong dose of political will.

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When You Waste Food, You're Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Some 45 trillion gallons of water are lost each year with all of the food that's thrown out around the world, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture.

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How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Coastal fish farms are a major source of the seafood we eat, but all the fish waste they generate takes a toll on the environment. So a researcher in Canada is trying to clean up fish farms by creating an ecosystem where fish waste gets taken up by other valuable seafood commodities, like shellfish and kelp.

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Plan For Wind Turbines Off D-Day Coast Spins Controversy

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Sixty-nine years after allied troops landed in Normandy, many people still consider the area's beaches sacred. That's why a planned offshore wind turbine project is creating controversy.

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Navy Studies Cicadas For Their Amplifying Sound Technique

Thursday, June 06, 2013

From southern Virginia to New England, lots of people are being treated to a cicada serenade. If these insects sound loud to you, that's because they are. They're so loud that some Navy engineers are trying to borrow their technique.

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Big Apple Debates Storm Prep As Hurricane Season Begins

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As hurricane season begins, New Yorkers are debating how to protect the city's 520 miles of coastline from major storms and rising sea levels. One camp favors giant offshore barriers to divert storm surge. The other says barriers are too expensive and too risky. They argue New York must learn to live with water by making streets, subways and buildings more resilient to flooding.

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Already Hampered By Floods, Midwest Preps For More Rain

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Both the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are flooding again. The floods have closed the river to barge traffic near St. Louis and are threatening some small towns north of there following a levee breach. On top of that, more rain is in the forecast.

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When It Snows Ash: Life In Wildfire Country

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

In Southern California, a massive wildfire, called the Powerhouse fire, has consumed 50 miles of land northwest of Los Angeles. California residents face wildfire season every year. Grist staff writer Susie Cagle talks about what it's like to live in wildfire country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs

Monday, June 03, 2013

Many experts agree that energy is the defining issue of this century. Ecologist Eric Sanderson explores the interconnections between oil and money, cars and transportation, and suburbs and land use. In Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs he charts a path toward renewed economic growth, enhanced national security, revitalized communities, and a sustainable environment.

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Remapping Our Awareness Of Storm Surge Danger

Saturday, June 01, 2013

As with Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, nearly all deaths from hurricanes come from storm surge. The danger isn't well understood by the public, however, so the National Hurricane Center is retooling its forecast and warning systems to better track and alert vulnerable residents.

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Gizmo Uses Lung Cells To Sniff Out Health Hazards In Urban Air

Friday, May 31, 2013

Scientists are trying to figure out how chemicals in the air interact with each other to make people sick. So they're building an instrument — a "lung in a box" — that goes way beyond the usual chemical monitors.

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The Takeaway

Pushing for a Greener Mexico City

Friday, May 31, 2013

Mexico City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with close to 20 million people living within its borders. For its residents, it is also an incredibly polluted place to live.But as the population, and the pollution, grow, we ask: Will Mexico City, and all major global cities, survive the centuries? In recent years, there has been a push to make Mexico City a greener and more sustainable place to live.

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The SciFri Book Club Takes a Hike

Friday, May 31, 2013

The book club regulars gather to chat about the best-sellingA Walk in the Woods, writer Bill Bryson's 1998 account of a hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Plus, journalist Deborah Blum joins the club to talk about the best science books to stash in your beach bag (or backpack).

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Researchers Revive A Plant Frozen In Time

Friday, May 31, 2013

It sounds like something from the movies — scientists uncover a sample of plant material frozen inside a glacier for hundreds of years, bring it back to the lab, and watch as it comes back to life. Catherine LaFarge describes the work, and what it means for plant scientists.

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Battling Deforestation In Indonesia, One Firm At A Time

Friday, May 31, 2013

Environmentalists are focusing on big corporations to prevent the destruction of rain forests cut down for paper products. With help from some unlikely characters, they've scored a success against one of the world's largest paper companies.

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