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'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens

A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."

All Things Considered

Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.

Morning Edition

Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use

How do you make people conserve water? Officials in California are asking that question, as the state enacts unprecedented water-use restrictions during the severe drought.

Morning Edition

Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.

A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."

California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Residents will have to pay for wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down driveways and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle.

Morning Edition

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

Marine biologists worry that certain species won't survive the shifts in sea acidity that climate change brings. But research on sea grasses along California's coast suggest marine preserves can help.

Morning Edition

Coal-Burning Power Plant To Give New Life To Texas Oil Field

About 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide will be captured annually from a coal-burning power plant near Houston. Then the CO2 will be injected into a nearby oil field to help boost crude production.

Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Desmond D'Sa fought a landfill that took over a beautiful valley and sickened residents with its awful smell. He lost his job but won the battle — and the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking

Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.

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.

Drought-Stricken California Fights Water Waste With Fines

July 16, 2014
Sprinklers water a lawn in Golden Gate Park on July 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Residents and businesses will face fines of up to $500 a day for wasting water on things such as landscaping, car washing and pools.

Florida Scientists Press Governor On Climate Change

July 16, 2014
Buildings are seen near the ocean in North Miami, Florida, in March 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We talk to oceanography professor Jeff Chanton, who’s part of the group of professors pushing to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

Light Pollution And 'The End Of Night'

July 16, 2014
(John M. Cropper/Flickr)

A walk on the dark side with Paul Bogard, passionate critic of artificial light and author of “The End of Night.”

Denton Could Become First City In Texas To Ban Fracking

July 15, 2014
"Fracking” is the operation in which water and chemicals are injected deep underground to extract oil and natural gas. (Rich Anderson/Flickr)

Lauren Silverman of KERA in Dallas says regardless of how the city council vote turns out, the issue is headed to court.

Paying A Visit To The University Of Illinois’ Unusual Campus Landmark

July 14, 2014
The Morrow Plots are the oldest experimental corn field in the Western Hemisphere. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)

Harvard has its yard. The University of Illinois has the oldest experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere.

GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test

July 11, 2014
Ugandan researcher Stephen Buah and Professor James Dale hold bananas bred to be rich in vitamin A at Queensland University of Technology (Erika Fish/Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology)

Researchers hope to fight vitamin A deficiency in Uganda with genetically engineered bananas, as long as tests in Iowa go well.

Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety

July 10, 2014
BNSF Railway, the second largest freight network in the U.S., is at the center of the boom in crude by rail. The railroad touts its commitment to safety. Current and former workers question the safety culture on the ground. (Michael Werner)

An EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF Railway deals with whistleblowers.

Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought

July 9, 2014
Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record. (Justin Cozart/Flickr)

City manager Darron Leiker explains the aggressive measures the city is taking in order to cope with its worst drought on record.

To Protect Birds, U.S. Seeks Kiteboarding Ban At Monomoy

July 1, 2014
The federal agency that oversees the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge says kiteboarding and piping plovers are a bad mix, so it’s proposed a ban on the sport there. And that’s caused howls of protest from kiteboarders who believe they can enjoy their sport without posing any threat to birds. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that the kites and their shadows scare piping plovers and other shorebirds that nest at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham. But the kiteboarders believe there’s no proof that their sport has any negative impact on the birds.

An Engineering Marvel at 100: The Cape Cod Canal

July 1, 2014
The Sagamore Bridge (Cape Cod Cyclist/Flickr)

Without the Cape Cod Canal, generations of seafarers sailing up the Atlantic coast had to make the often perilous journey around the Cape.

Cape Wind On Path To Getting $150M Loan Guarantee From U.S.

July 1, 2014
In this 2010 file photo, then-U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar fields questions from reporters after announcing that the Obama administration had approved the Cape Wind wind farm project. (AP)

The Department of Energy has made a conditional commitment for a $150 million loan guarantee for the proposed Cape Wind energy project, off the coast of Cape Cod.

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