Environment

Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which must be reconciled with a version passed by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a threatened presidential veto.

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

Morning Edition

Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

He took steps to protect land in Alaska from oil and gas drilling, and to allow offshore drilling along the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia — all part of a climate change strategy.

All Things Considered

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

As if the drought weren't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.

All Things Considered

Obama Administration To Allow Drilling Off Southeastern Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it will allow oil companies to drill off the southeastern Atlantic Coast. The move will also restrict access along parts of Alaska's coast.

Morning Edition

How Much Oil And Gas Is At Stake In ANWR?

Alaska politicians are furious about Obama's proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. They've argued ANWR is vital to the state's economic future.

Morning Edition

Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Renee Montagne talks to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski about White House plans to designate 12 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

All Things Considered

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog ‘Unlivable’

January 30, 2015
A heavy smog hits the city on November 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

A U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years describes what it’s like to run in the smoggy city.

Arctic Drilling Restrictions Strike A Nerve In Alaska

January 30, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

Alaska Governor Bill Walker argues the president’s proposed drilling ban would harm the state’s economy.

Feds Auction 550 Acres Off Massachusetts For Wind Energy

January 29, 2015

The two parcels were among four up for lease Thursday by the Interior Department. The two other parcels didn’t receive bids.

Red Fox Sighting In Yosemite Is First In Nearly 100 Years

January 29, 2015
This red fox, photographed in 2002, was part of a study in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Note the white round plastic tag in the animal’s right ear. (Keith Slausen/USFS/PSW)

A Sierra Nevada red fox was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, by a motion-sensitive camera.

Report Says Biomass Is Not An Ingredient In A Sustainable Food Future

January 29, 2015
A taxi driver pumps biodiesel into his cab at Dogpatch Biofuels on March 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The researchers are slamming the widespread use and government promotion of biofuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gases.

Brisket Shortage Has BBQ Lovers Gnashing Their Teeth

January 28, 2015
Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn holds up some brisket. (HarperCollins)

Drought conditions are forcing ranchers to thin their herds, and that means a shortage of the cut of beef that’s emblematic of Texas barbecue.

Proposal Could Open Parts Of Atlantic, Close Parts Of Arctic To Drilling

January 27, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

We take a look at the proposal, which is a win and a loss each for environmentalists and the oil industry.

Russian Conservationist Optimistic About Tiger Repopulation

January 27, 2015
Zolushka, once orphaned, is now healthy and recolonizing a tigerless forest. She may prove to be the perfect model for saving Amur tigers. (Camera trap image of Zolushka courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)

A young female tiger has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, after she was found starving and frostbitten in 2012.

Storm Prompts Evacuations In Coastal Mass. Town

January 27, 2015
Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Waves crashed through the front door of one home in Scituate, and four feet of sea water flooded the streets.

Blizzard Howls Its Way Into Boston But Largely Spares NYC

January 27, 2015
A pedestrian walks through blowing and drifting snow before dawn during a winter snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds as a storm spun up the East Coast.

Snowy Owls ‘Irrupting’ In Northern States

January 26, 2015
A snowy owl is tagged with a transmitter. (Alan Richard)

For a second year in a row, a mass migration of snowy owls from Canada is occurring, and that’s highly unusual.

‘Potentially Historic’ Blizzard To Hit Northeast

January 26, 2015
The snow covered MBTA Griggs St/Long Ave subway stop sits empty on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston officials have already said the subway will be closed on Tuesday in anticipation of a "potentially historic" storm. ( Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency explains what the state is doing to prepare.

Boston-Area Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks Amount To $90M Annually

January 22, 2015

Scientists estimate about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas escapes the regional delivery system annually — more than twice the loss rate that regulators and utilities estimate.

2014 Was Warmest Year On Record

January 16, 2015
Click to enlarge (NOAA)

Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping.

Boston Plans To Confront Climate Change

January 15, 2015
Six feet of sea level rise is predicted in Boston. (Courtesy NOAA)

The proposals include: planting more trees, creating more bike lanes and building more eco-friendly affordable housing.

Boston Releases Plan For Action On Climate Change

January 15, 2015
Rising tide floods Christopher Columbus Park next to Boston's Longwharf on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

The report calls for dozens of steps to both mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change in the city.

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