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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

The newly discovered chamber is 4.5 times larger than the shallow reservoir already known and contains enough partially molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.

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Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

The U.S. Geological Survey issues a report Thursday on quakes linked to oil and gas drilling, but Oklahoma has said that the industry's wastewater disposal is the cause. What's unknown is a solution.

Morning Edition

Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage

In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.

Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.

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Julian Koenig, Well-Known Adman, Named Earth Day

NPR remembers Julian Koenig, the longtime adman who coined some of the catchiest phrases in the business and named Earth Day.

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White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Brian Deese, President Obama's senior adviser in charge of climate policy, about the Obama administration's push for new restrictions around power plant emissions.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

Gloucester Writer Embarks On Epic Journey To Follow A Tiny Bird And An Ancient Crab

April 24, 2015
Deborah Cramer, author, at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA, November 13, 2014.

The bird is the red knot, a small shorebird that weighs less than a coffee cup. The ancient crab is the horseshoe crab, a creature that’s lived basically unchanged on this earth for 450 million years.

Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

April 24, 2015
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. The well produces about 55-70 barrels of oil per day. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America’s oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

New England Governors Renew Commitment To Regional Energy Solution

April 23, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, left, sits with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and several other New England governors Thursday during a meeting on energy in Connecticut. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Key elements of a joint solution to the energy supply “crisis” in the region, including who might pay for the infrastructure, remain in flux.

Lessons From Australia’s 17-Year Drought

April 23, 2015
Nic Walker carries his son Tasman in his arms during a daily afternoon walk at his property 'Rio Station' on March 20, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. Queensland, Australia's second-largest state, is currently suffering from its widest spread drought on record. Almost 80 percent of the region is now declared affected. The Australian government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of A$320m, of which at least A$280m is allocated for loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

As California continues to deal with a drought, we take a look at the policies and laws that Australia put in place during its drought.

India's Tiny Community Of Wild Asian Lions

April 22, 2015
A female Asiatic lion in the Gir forest. (Rupal Vaidya/Wikimedia Commons)

Almost all the world’s lions live in Africa, but a small group of wild Asian lions in India is a remnant of a once much larger population.

Saving Food Scraps From The Trash To Make Better Meals

April 22, 2015
Eugenia Bone is a food writer, cookbook author and president of the New York Mycological Society. (Huger Foote)

Are you throwing away your broccoli stems and peach pits? Food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone says don’t.

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

April 22, 2015
Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., Nov, 6, 2011, following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

The “primary suspected source” of the temblors is the injection in disposal wells of wastewater produced as a byproduct of fracking.

'Rain,' Rain, (Don't) Go Away

April 22, 2015
A portion of the cover of Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" A Natural and Cultural History." (Crown Publishing)

All about rain. From poems and paintings to parched earth. We’ll hear a natural and cultural history of rain.

Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall

April 22, 2015
In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa. Discovery of the bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the bird killer could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate the flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.  (AP)

A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We’ll look at what’s at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery

Drought Won’t Mean More Expensive Peaches

April 20, 2015
Peaches (alicehenneman/Flickr)

Agricultural economist Dan Sumner explains why the current drought in California will not increase produce prices.

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

April 17, 2015
United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with park rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Steve Helber/AP)

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

Not All Almonds Are Equal When It Comes To Water Use

April 15, 2015
Almonds (mynameisharsha/Flickr)

It’s said that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond, but an expert tells us that oversimplifies the issue.

Global Demand For California Almonds Raises Tough Questions

April 15, 2015
Almond trees in California (Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio)

Meeting record demand during a historic drought raises complicated questions. Eighty percent of California’s almonds are exported.

Gray Whale Travels 13,988 Miles In Record-Breaking Migration

April 15, 2015
A gray whale calf (Eschrichtius robustus) emerges from the waters of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Baja California Sur State, Mexico, on March 3, 2015. (Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

The female western gray whale swam from Russia to Mexico and back, raising questions about its status as critically endangered.

Fake Meat Is Very Real

April 15, 2015
A sample kebab using the Beyond Meat chicken substitute, which is made entirely of plant protein. (Beyond Meat)

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

Deval Patrick Goes To Bain And Ethical Investing At Harvard

April 14, 2015
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Gov. Patrick announced he is delivering his final state budget to Beacon Hill lawmakers, which proposes increasing spending by 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year. (AP)

Is the “double bottom line” — profit and corporate social responsibility — an increasingly important strategy for individual and institutional investors?

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