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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Oil giant BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in a settlement announced on Friday by Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The deal pays for the harm from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history. The accident killed 11 rig workers.

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BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

The oil giant BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement with Gulf states and the federal government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — the worst in U.S. history.

The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They're predicting a boom for the nation's most valuable fishery.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Speeches by high-level representatives were an attempt to keep momentum going as the world moves toward a key summit in Paris this year, which may produce an agreement to control greenhouse gases.

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U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.

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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.

Conservationist Madison Stewart Stands Up For Sharks

July 3, 2015
Madison Stewart (right) filming Caribbean reef sharks. (Ernst Stewart)

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for Stewart, sharks are like family.

BP To Pay Gulf Coast States, Feds $18.7 Billion

July 2, 2015
In this April 21, 2010 image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. (US Coast Guard/AP)

The British oil and gas giant has agreed to the settlement to resolve legal claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In California Drought, Grape Growers Face A Trade-Off

June 30, 2015
A reduction in water means richer wine, but also a bigger price tag on the bottle. (kubina/Fllickr)

The drought could affect production of low-cost bottles, but if can you shell out for the more expensive stuff, you might be in for a treat.

Washington State Battles Wildfires In Parched, Hot Conditions

June 30, 2015
The foundation and chimneys from a destroyed home continue to smolder from a wildfire that raced through the area the night before, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The wildfire season is off to an early and fierce start. Hundreds of firefighters have been called in from around the state.

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

June 29, 2015
John Phelan with Fort Collins Utilities inspects the smart meter at his home. (Dan Boyce)

In Fort Collins, Colorado, customers can now see their energy use in 15-minute increments, instead of just once per month.

Firewood From Massachusetts, Connecticut Banned From Rhode Island

June 28, 2015

Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Protection says it doesn’t want invasive insects in neighboring states to spread.

In Massachusetts, Groups Push To Bolster Solar Panel Program

June 28, 2015

The increasing popularity of solar panels is prompting environmental groups to call for lifting caps on a program designed to encourage renewable energy.

Wild Animal Selfies Lead To Injuries, Charges

June 25, 2015
When people take selfies with wild animals, they may be putting themselves or the animals at risk. (jentwen/Instagram)

The trend of taking exciting selfies and videos has resulted in injured animals and animal harassment charges for the humans involved.

Texas Wind Power Subsidies In Jeopardy

June 25, 2015
Oil and gas dominate the Texas energy market but wind is growing exponentially. Wind power now provides 10 percent of the state's electricity. (Lorne Matalon/Marfa Public Radio)

The state currently leads the U.S. in the production of wind power, but there’s a movement to repeal state subsidies for wind power.

In Drought-Stricken California, Golden Is The New Brown

June 23, 2015
Rory Odelia Sher is 9 years old and just completed third grade. (Courtesy)

Rory Odelia Sher, 9, says if we think of brown as golden, Californians can come up with answers to the drought.

California Farmers React To State-Imposed Water Cuts

June 23, 2015
Farmer Joe Del Bosque (L) talks with a worker on April 23, 2015 in Firebaugh, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep their crops watered and many have opted to leave acres of the fields fallow. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers with some of the most senior water rights in California have had their water use cut for the first time in decades.

Chimpanzees Endangered, No Longer Eligible For Most Research

June 19, 2015
A baby chimpanzee relaxes on its mother Swela at the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Jens Meyer/AP)

Chimps are the closely related to humans and have been the preferred animal for biomedical testing.

Obama Proposes New Rules To Cut Truck Emissions

June 19, 2015
A loaded logging truck heads down the road in the forest near Banks, Ore. (Don Ryan/AP)

The new standards are aimed at improving fuel efficiency and lowering emissions for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir Weighs In On Pope’s Climate Change Remarks

June 18, 2015
Environmental activists carry a banner as they march towards a Roman Catholic church to coincide with Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change in Manila, Philippines. In a 190-page document released Thursday, Francis describes ongoing human damage to nature. (Bullit Marquez/AP)

In calling for a cultural revolution on the environment, Pope Francis is calling the global economy structurally perverse.

Pope Francis Calls For Global Climate Action

June 17, 2015
Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (AP)

The Pope and climate change. We’ll look at the urgent call for action from Pope Francis.

How Bed Bugs Infest Our Bedrooms And Minds

June 15, 2015
A bed bug is found in a mattress at the home of Delores Stewart, in Columbus, Ohio. (Terry Gilliam/AP)

Bed bugs have probably been with us for 250,000 years, so they very likely harassed our ancestors who lived in caves. That’s just one of the facts you learn from Brooke Borel’s new book about her experience with bed bugs and their long biological and cultural histories.

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