All Things Considered

Sun, Sand And Offshore Drilling In Spain's Famed Canary Islands

Highly reliant on oil imports, Spain's government is encouraging oil exploration off the coast of the Canary Islands. But locals say the drilling threatens the natural attractions that draw tourists.

Morning Edition

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.

Morning Edition

Business Groups Argue EPA's Plan Will Have Economic Consequences

Major business groups are reacting skeptically to a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce ozone pollution. Since 1980, ozone pollution has fallen by a third.

All Things Considered

Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

Morning Edition

Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

Environmentalists are suing to stop Alabama from using nearly $60 million in BP oil spill recovery funds to build a new hotel on the beach. The project is one of dozens underway across the region.

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

Weekend Edition Saturday

What We Learn When Find Silence

From NPR's Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

All Things Considered

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

Activists Protest Proposed Pipeline Expansion In Massachusetts

November 24, 2014
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts. (Charles Krupa/AP)

In recent weeks, activists from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit” at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchberg, and more summits are planned throughout Massachusetts for the month of December and beyond.

Flooding From Snow Melt Expected In Buffalo

November 24, 2014
A boy stands on a snowbank in the south Buffalo area on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Mike Groll/AP)

Temperatures are climbing to nearly 60 degrees in Buffalo today, where nearly 7 feet of snow fell in some parts of the city last week.

Rain Expected After Massive Snowfall In Buffalo

November 21, 2014
Sydney, a six year old golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. (John Normile/Getty Images)

It has stopped snowing in the Buffalo area, but the rain in the forecast is leading to worries about possible floods and more roof collapses.

Booming Economy Means Busy Highways In Sleepy Towns

November 21, 2014
Nell Bride, owner of the Bill Store, is fighting to get the speed limit reduced in town. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

The oil and gas boom has not only brought jobs and prosperity to states like Wyoming, but also a dangerous spike in traffic and accidents.

With Several Dead, Buffalo Struggles With Massive Snowfall

November 20, 2014
Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record-setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. (John Normile/Getty Images)

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area today, on top of the 5 feet already on the ground in some areas.

West Virginia's Rivers May Be Wild, But Fewer People Know About Them

November 19, 2014
West Virginia's white water rafting industry is heavily dependent on out-of-state tourism, but the state is spending far less on advertising than its neighbors. (ben loehrke/Flickr)

The river rafting industry is pleading with the state to spend more on advertising, but finding the money will be difficult.

Buffalo Grapples With Record Snowfall

November 19, 2014
Snow covers a street at daybreak Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. (Carolyn Thompson/AP)

With up to six feet of snow on the ground and more on the way, we check in with WBFO news director Brian Meyer in Buffalo, N.Y.

New York Dealing With Massive Snow; Storm Looming

November 19, 2014
A driver climbs a snowbank to get to a gas station in Lancaster, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes.

Record-Breaking Cold Sweeps The U.S.

November 18, 2014
A commuter walks along Market Street in freezing temperatures Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says parts of northwestern Pennsylvania are bracing for nearly 2 feet of snow as arctic air continues to produce lake-effect conditions. A lake-effect snow warning remains in effect for northwest Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and parts of western New York through 7 a.m. Wednesday. (Matt Rourke/AP)

We check in on the weather by talking to the owners of a chocolate shop in Indiana, a farm in Florida and a snowplow company New York.

Passing The Keystone XL: Is it A Solution, Or Symbolic?

November 18, 2014
Miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Cushing, Okla. in 2012. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

As the Senate is set to vote on the pipeline, NPR’s Jeff Brady discusses the potential impacts on jobs, energy prices and the environment.

Battling To Save The Endangered Gorillas Of 'Virunga'

November 18, 2014
Andre Bauma, a gorilla caretaker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park. (Courtesy "Virunga")

An award-winning new documentary takes us inside the deadly, high-stakes struggle to save the home of the last mountain gorillas.

The Economics Of Keystone XL

November 17, 2014
Some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP)

The Keystone Pipeline is closer than ever to being built. We look at the politics and the economics of Keystone.

Protesters Hope Rally Will Help Kill Pipeline Plan

November 15, 2014

Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts.

Week In Review: Fishing, Baker’s Cabinet, Homeless Bostonians

November 14, 2014
Fighter jets fly over Boston. (aaron_kravitz/Twitter)

We’ll talk about the news of the week, including Charlie Baker’s cabinet picks, the closing of cod fisheries, and the sentencing of John O’Brien.

Guest Post: U.S.-China Climate Deal is an Important Step In Long Road Ahead

November 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP)

After a landmark agreement between the US and China on climate change policy and clean energy development, a recent On Point guest reflects on what’s important in this new deal.

Atlantic Fishermen Grapple With Cod Restrictions

November 12, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new rules, expected to stay in place until May, will devastate them economically and force some out of business.

Most Popular