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Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On Monday, President Obama will unveil tougher rules designed to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. If the proposed plan clear legal hurdles, the nation's power grid would face big changes.

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As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

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As The West Craves Drought Relief, El Nino May Do More Harm Than Good

There is much hype around a potential El Nino that could help ease the drought on the West Coast. But there are concerns that a deluge of rain could do more harm than good for the long term drought outlook.

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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

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Despite Record Heat, Californians Used Less Water In June

Water use in California dropped by 27 percent in urban areas during June. These new numbers show that mandatory conservation targets imposed because of the severe drought are affecting water use.

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Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

A scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

New Hampshire Officials Suggest Coastal Desalination Plant

August 2, 2015

A New Hampshire seacoast official says investing in a regional plant could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts.

Mass. Conservation Officials Buy 690 Acres To Extend Forest

August 1, 2015

Land in Lakeville and Freetown will provide forest, swamp and grassland habitats for wildlife.

The Hunt For Boston’s Privately-Owned, Public Spaces

July 31, 2015
The plaza at 500 Boylston Street in downtown Boston -- one of the city's privately-owned, public spaces. (Courtesy Paul L. Dineen)

We tour some of the city’s privately-owned public spaces, or “POPS,” with Harvard professor of urban planning, Jerold Kayden.

What Is It About Cecil That Makes People Care?

July 31, 2015
Cecil the lion is pictured in Hwange National Park in July 2014. (Vince O'Sullivan/Flickr)

The lion’s death wasn’t the only shocking poaching incident this week, as five elephants were slaughtered in Kenya.

Big Game, Bigger Controversy

July 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

The Rare Blue Moon Isn’t Blue

July 31, 2015
A girl is silhouetted against a rising full moon as she rides an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. When the full moon appears at 6:43 a.m. EDT in the U.S. Friday, it will become the second full moon of July, or what's known as a blue moon. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A blue moon is a rare event, but not because of its color. Star-gazers may be able to see one Friday night.

Oxford Conservationist Talks About 7 Years Of Tracking Cecil

July 30, 2015
In this frame grab taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean police said Tuesday, July 28, 2015 they are searching for Walter James Palmer, an American who allegedly shot Cecil with a crossbow while on a big game hunt in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. (Paula French via AP)

The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.

Activists Block Icebreaker Ship Bound For Alaska Drilling Operation

July 30, 2015
Activists unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns bridge in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica, which is in Portland for repairs. The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. Greenpeace officials say the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Greenpeace activists say they are prepared to stay suspended from the bridge for days.

Supply Storehouses Keep Wildland Firefighters Supplied, Fed

July 29, 2015
Assistant manager Nicole Hallisey, right, and BLM fire spokesperson Jessica Gardetto in the Great Basin fire support cache at the edge of Boise's airport. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Tom Banse of Northwest News Network get a tour of what you might call the Amazon.com for wildland firefighting.

Lion Shooting Shines Spotlight On Ethics Of Trophy Hunting

July 29, 2015
Cecil the lion is pictured in Hwange National Park in July 2014. (Vince O'Sullivan/Flickr)

The killing of an adult male lion – one locals knew as Cecil – in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist has sparked outrage and debate.

‘Optimism Is High’ In The West As El Niño Strengthens

July 29, 2015
A map shows sea surface temperatures on July 28, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)

NASA climate scientist Bill Patzert says “everyone’s thinking about this El Niño as the great wet hope” to help with the historic drought.

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

July 29, 2015
John Handy displays a handful of GMO (genetically modified organism) Roundup Ready soybeans brought in by a farmer to the Demeter grain elevator October 9, 2003 in South Beloit, Illinois. The elevator tests beans to determine if they are a GMO or non-GMO crop. The elevator pays a premium for non-GMO crops that are often exported to Japan and can be used in food products. To verify the GMO status the elevator keeps on file a test strip and a sample from each truckload of beans it buys from farmers. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

We moderate a debate over a bill that would bar states from forcing food manufacturers to label genetically modified foods.

New Bedford Lawmakers Ask State To ‘Vigorously Pursue’ Cleanup Of Casino Site

July 28, 2015

KG Urban had agreed to clean up the site if it was awarded a state casino license, but it pulled out of the competition last week due to a lack of financing.

What’s The Best Way To Deal With Feral Cats?

July 28, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are about 50 million feral cats in the U.S. (taylar/Flickr)

Australia’s decision to kill 2 million feral cats is the latest in a battle between cat lovers and bird lovers, over cats’ impact on wildlife.

The Risks And Rewards Of Hummingbird Rescue

July 28, 2015
A hummingbird drinks nectar from a flower at the San Diego Zoo. (Bill Gracey/Flickr)

Terry Masear rescued and rehabilitated hummingbirds for over a decade. Her new book is “Fastest Things on Wings.”

Drought Leads To Stressed Out Salmon In Northwest Rivers

July 28, 2015
Chris Burns, natural resources technician with Washington’s Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, stands in the Dungeness River. Flows are roughly one-third of normal, prompting fears that salmon won’t be able to make it upstream to spawn. (Ashley Ahearn/EarthFix-KUOW)

River levels are dropping as the drought continues – and the water’s getting warmer. That’s a problem for salmon and trout.

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