Environment

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.

Morning Edition

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

Morning Edition

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

Weekend Edition Saturday

If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

All Things Considered

Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

July 29, 2014
Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, attends an event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The host of the ’90s children’s TV show has been drawing criticism from those who believe he’s alarmist or bullying on climate change.

Tiny House, Big Problems

July 29, 2014
Rolf and Mari von Walthausen at their 12 x 16 square-foot cabin in Cedar, Michigan. (Emily Fox/Michigan Radio)

The town health department and zoning officials said Rolf and Mari von Walthousen’s home is too small and deemed it uninhabitable.

A View From The Climate Changed Future

July 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

Rare Lightning Strike Kills Man On California Beach

July 28, 2014
Pedestrians and beachgoers stand on the shore near Venice Beach as lifeguards, right, bring in a swimmer rescued from the water after a lightening strike Sunday July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Steve Christensen/AP)

A 20-year-old man died and nine others were taken to hospitals, after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted Venice Beach.

‘Every Turtle Counts’: New Children’s Book Combines Autism Story With Cape Cod Science

July 25, 2014
Sara Hoagland Hunter says the book is not about autism, but celebrating differences. (Courtesy of Peter E. Randall Publisher)

A new children’s book by a Boston/Cape Cod author is part nature story, partly an insight into the minds of autistic children.

Boston Enlists Goats To Combat Poison Ivy

July 24, 2014

Boston is enlisting goats to combat poison ivy and other invasive plants in a city park.

Author Explores US’s Perplexing ‘Seafood Deficit’

July 23, 2014
Author Paul Greenberg writes about the United State's perplexing seafood deficit. Even though the U.S. controls more ocean than any other country, it imports 90 percent of its seafood. (Matthew Ebel/Flickr)

Author Paul Greenberg explores the ecological impacts of the U.S. import-export deficit in seafood.

Coastal Erosion Is Fact Of Life On Cape Cod

July 23, 2014
The Gay Head light is one of the most important navigational tools on the East Coast. The Board of Selectmen in Aquinnah recently approved a new location to preserve it from coastal erosion. (Timothy Valentine/Flickr)

A geologist says there is little we can do prevent radical change to the Cape’s shoreline.

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency

July 23, 2014
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control.

Fishing On The Cape

July 22, 2014
Handline fishing at dusk. (Flickr)

A recent government assessment put the Cod population at less than one fifth of what scientists say is necessary to maintain a healthy population. To protect the dwindling species, two years ago the feds cut the quota for cod fishing by roughly 80 percent.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

More Than 20 Major Wildfires Burning In Oregon And Washington

July 21, 2014
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Nearly a million acres are burning across the two states, and thousands of firefighters are working to contain them.

Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing

July 17, 2014
A woman wearing a mask walks past the CCTV Building during severe pollution in January 2013 in Beijing. That week, the AQI in Beijing hit 755, even though it normally maxes out at 500. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

With air quality in Beijing consistently in the “very unhealthy” zone, companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post.

Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam

July 17, 2014
In this photo from May 15, 2014, China Coast Guard 3411 vessel, left, and Vietnam Coast Guard 4032 vessel sail in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. China's deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam's coast prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. China recently removed the oil rig, though they have vowed to return. (Hau Dinh/AP)

After two months of drilling, China has moved an oil rig in waters claimed both by it and Vietnam, but China has has vowed to return.

Komodo Dragons On Display At Nashville Zoo

July 16, 2014
A Komodo dragon is pictured at the St. Louis Zoo (Poppet Maulding/Flickr)

The zoo’s Dale McGinnity, who researches the endangered Komodo dragons, talks about the world’s largest living lizards.

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