Environment

Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.

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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds To Pipeline Operator's Dismal Safety Record

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.

Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency To Aid In Oil Spill Clean Up

An estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline along the California coast near Santa Barbara. Crews are working to contain a 9 mile wide sheen in the Pacific Ocean.

Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

In Washington state, a community coalition is bringing homeowners, businesses and government together to figure out how best to use what little money there is to protect the land from destruction.

Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara Fouls California Coastline

A pipeline rupture spilled some 105,000 gallons of crude. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.

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New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

The White House's strategy to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.

The Last Unicorn

May 26, 2015
The Last Unicorn, by William DeBuys

With guest host Jane Clayson. Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos. Guests William DeBuys, Conservationist and author of The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures.  Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. (@AzzedineTDownes) Reading List The New York […]

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

It’s Only Getting Worse: California Farmers Consider Historic Cuts

May 22, 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 who have water rights are worried regulators will take their water anyway, so they’ve offered the state a deal.

2015 Shaping Up To Be An El Niño Year

May 22, 2015
A map shows sea surface temperatures on May 21, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)

Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, explains what this may mean for the weather.

Clean-Up Continues After Santa Barbara Oil Spill

May 21, 2015
Crews clean oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about four miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement. (David McNew/Getty Images)

As much as 105,000 gallons of oil are believed to have entered coastal waters, after a pipeline ruptured along the Santa Barbara coast.

The Arctic Rush

May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

May 20, 2015
New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they're not very good at being vegetarian, or digesting bamboo. (Nathan Rupert/Flickr)

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.

Man To Swim Across Pacific For A Cause

May 20, 2015
French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte (right) is greeted on September 25, 1998, on the beach of Port-Maria in Quiberon by his girlfriend Tinny (center) and his mother Liliane (left), after swimming across the Atlantic, from the United States to France. (Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Lecomte, 47, estimates his swim across the Pacific Ocean will take five months, 8 hours a day, from Tokyo to San Francisco.

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

May 19, 2015
Jordan Erickson with Gene Brandi Apiaries inspects a bee hive on September 5, 2014 in Los Banos, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

Chinese Rail In South America

May 19, 2015
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As the US struggles with infrastructure, China moves to build a brand new railway across South America. We’ll get the story.

More Bad News About Honeybees: 40 Percent Died In The Last Year

May 15, 2015
U.S. beekeepers have lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies in the past year. (Psycho Delia/Flickr)

It’s the second-largest loss of honeybees ever recorded in a single year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Global Migrant Crisis Grows

May 14, 2015
An ethnic Rohingya boy sleeps on a pile of used clothing donated by local residents at a sports stadium turned into temporary shelter for migrants whose boats washed ashore on Sumatra island on Sunday, in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  (AP)

The migrant crisis spills into Southeast Asia. Desperate people on the move. Blocked. Abandoned at sea. Europe’s still reeling from its own influx. What’s to be done?

14 Boston Area Communities Create Climate Change Preparedness Task Force

May 13, 2015

Leaders from 14 communities in the Boston area met in what they called a “historic summit” Wednesday, pledging to coordinate regional efforts to combat climate change and deal with its effects.

Are Carbon Emissions Causing ‘Lethal Seas’?

May 13, 2015
A close-up of fish and a colorful coral reef. (Craig Humphries)

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the earth’s oceans, causing a rise in acidity that threatens biodiversity.

Boston Area Communities Team Up On Climate Change Preparedness

May 13, 2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, during an early 2014 news conference on climate change (Charles Krupa/AP)

The 14-community task force, which will meet every two months, will make policy recommendations and set regional priorities for climate preparedness.

Feds Reject Baker Appeal For More Snow Disaster Relief

May 13, 2015

The Obama administration has quickly denied Gov. Charlie Baker’s appeal for additional federal disaster money to help the state and municipalities pay for the estimated $350 million in expenses racked up over the harsh winter.

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