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Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

The issue of blue-green algae in lakes took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wake-up call for people around Lake Erie.

All Things Considered

California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.

TED Radio Hour

How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

All Things Considered

Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.

All Things Considered

U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.

Morning Edition

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

A new Audubon report shows how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species by the end of the century. Bald eagles, loons and orioles are among those facing major threats.

All Things Considered

Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.

U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.

Weekend Edition Sunday

For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

All Things Considered

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.

2 Pipeline Proposals Compete To Power Mass.

September 17, 2014

Both proposals promise a cheap, virtually unlimited supply of natural gas. However, critics say it could be too much.

White House To Phase Out Coolant Linked With Climate Change

September 16, 2014

The White House will announce measures to phase out R-134a, a popular chemical coolant used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

Kathy Gunst Explores Community Supported Agriculture

September 16, 2014
Peppers at the Red Fire Farm CSA pickup in Boston, Mass. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Kathy Gunst joins Cook’s Illustrated executive food editor Keith Dresser at his CSA pickup and offers recipes for the seasonal CSA fare.

Frustration Over Fracking Could Play Role In November Elections

September 15, 2014
Anti-fracking activist Kaye Fissinger gestures out to a reservoir near her community of Longmont where oil and gas companies are looking to drill.(Brian Gill/Inside Energy)

A compromise over fracking in Colorado left some environmental activists furious and vowing payback on election day.

Baja Coast Gets Pummeled By Hurricane Odile

September 15, 2014
Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

Hurricane Odile hit Mexico’s Baja Coast and Hurricane Edouard is developing off the coast of Florida.

The Grand Canyon: Threatened By Development?

September 15, 2014
This Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 file photo shows hikers on the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. (AP/Carson Walker)

Uproar over development plans for the Grand Canyon. We go to the Navajo Nation and the Canyon floor to see what’s at stake.

Drought, Heat Contribute To West Nile Spike In California

September 12, 2014
The San Jose Vector Control Agency was spaying pesticide to kill mosquitoes in April. California has seen a spike in West Nile cases. (Don McCullough/Flickr)

Recent drought and high temperatures have caused an increase in West Nile outbreaks in California.

Magnetic Pulses From Sun Will Make For Great Viewing

September 12, 2014
A solar flare captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 10, 2014. (Screenshot of NASA video)

Two solar flares this week have sent a geomagnetic storm hurtling toward Earth, which will be seen in the form of auroras.

Demand For American Eel Is Concern For Scientists

September 12, 2014
Eels in the Pilgrim Lake Run, Orleans, MA. (Brad Chase/MADMF)

A ban on European eels coupled with a decline in Japanese eel stock has increased the demand for American eels.

Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

September 12, 2014
Hugo Lucitante (L) and David Poritz in the documentary "Oil & Water." (oilandwaterdocumentary.com)

An American and an Ecuadorian are inspired to help Ecuador heal from decades of drilling and oil spills.

Forecast: Sunny, Cool Friday With Chance Of Spotting The Northern Lights

September 12, 2014

A sunny and cooler Friday will yield to clear skies that could light up with a colorful solar storm known as aurora borealis, or the northern lights.

New App Helps Save and Identify Whales

September 11, 2014
Whale watching in Monterey Bay (John Krzesinski/Flickr)

A new app that can be used to identify and track whales is now available to the public.

When To Merge?

September 10, 2014
Two studies look at the best way to merge in traffic. (Jeff Turner/Flickr)

Studies suggest different strategies work for different traffic conditions. But will drivers follow the best practices?

DA Drops Criminal Charges Against Activists

September 10, 2014

In a surprising move, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said he agreed with environmental activists who blocked a coal shipment.

Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter Drops Charges Against Climate Change Activists

September 9, 2014
The Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., is shown in this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996 file photo. National Energy & Gas Transmission Inc., the company that owns the Brayton Point power plant, is appealing an order from the Environmental Protection Agency on water the plant takes in and releases back into Mount Hope Bay. "We regret that there is no choice but to challenge some of the conclusions and requirements of the EPA permit for Brayton Point," the company's spokeswoman, Natalie Wymer, said Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003. (AP)

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter dropped the most serious charges against two climate change activists in front of a cheering crowd Monday.

Why Bees Matter: Changing Our Perspective About Honey Bees

September 9, 2014
A bee collects pollen in a sunflower field, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, near Lawrence, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Boston’s bee-vangelist explains why bees might hold the solution to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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