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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park.

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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

Death Toll From Japanese Volcano Rises

Nearly 50 people are listed as dead from an eruption of Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo.

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.

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After Hurricane Sandy, N.J. Cities Rethink Proximity To The Water

Melissa Block talks to Monique Coleman of Woodbridge, N.J., about why her family is leaving their home. After three huge floods in three consecutive years, they've taken a buyout from the state.

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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

Disappearing Sea Ice Forces Exodus Of Pacific Walrus

October 2, 2014
In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 23, 2014 and released by NOAA, some 1,500 walrus are gather on the northwest coast of Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. (Corey Accardo/NOAA via AP)

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

What Makes A City The 'Best'?

October 2, 2014
Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park Lakewalk, shown here in 2005. (Jacob Norlund / Creative Commons)

What makes a good place to live in America today? We’ll talk with the people who size up our cities and towns.

Emergency Action Called For To Protect Cod

October 2, 2014

Emergency action was recommended Wednesday to protect the stock of Gulf of Maine cod whose population has suffered and must recover from chronic overfishing.

How Will Boston Accommodate Sea Level Rise? New Report Suggests Canals, Wetlands

September 30, 2014
"Clarendon Canal." (Courtesy Michael Wang, Arlen Stawasz, and Dennis Carlberg)

One proposal is to welcome the rising waters with a series of canals — which might give Boston some of the watery charm of Venice or Amsterdam.

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

September 29, 2014
Monarch butterflies pictured in Nebraska. (Jill Heemstra/Flickr)

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

Volcano Eruption Kills More Than Two Dozen In Japan

September 29, 2014
A military helicopter leaves a temporary landing site for a resque mission on Mount Ontake in Otaki, Nagano prefecture on September 29, 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

A volcano about 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted without warning on Saturday. Rescue crews are hampered by toxic gases.

Aristotle And The Invention Of Science

September 29, 2014
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

Week In Review: Baker Stumbles, UN Climate Summit, Boston Skyline Could Change

September 26, 2014
Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker smiles as he addresses a candidates forum, sponsored by a group that represents human service providers. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This week, among other things, Charlie Baker made an effort — and stumbled — to win over women voters, calling a female FOX25 reporter “sweetheart.”

US Government To Pay Navajo Nation Record Settlement

September 25, 2014
The Navajo Nation has reached a historic settlement with the U.S. government over claims that the government mismanaged funds and natural resources on trust lands for decades. Pictured is Monument Valley in Utah, which sits on Navajo tribal land. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

The agreement settles litigation alleging the government mismanaged funds and natural resources for decades on trust lands.

Seattle To Fine Residents For Trashing Food Waste

September 25, 2014
A new measure in Seattle would fine residents who dispose of food waste rather than composting. (Kirsty Hall/Flickr)

A new measure in Seattle will fine residents if more than 10 percent of their garbage is food waste in an attempt to curb waste going to landfills.

How The ‘People’s Climate March’ Could Translate Into Political Action

September 23, 2014
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

In New York City Tuesday, more than 120 world leaders gathered to talk about emissions reductions and work toward a new climate treaty.

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

September 23, 2014
Lawyer Steven Donziger, left, walks with his clients who are members of Ecuador's indigenous Cofan tribe to Federal Court in New York for their hearing with lawyers for Texaco Monday, Feb. 1, 1999. The Ecuadorian rainforest was polluted by Texaco oil drilling. (Adam Nadel/AP)

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During Hike

September 23, 2014
A Rutgers student was killed by a black bear while on a hike in New Jersey over the weekend. (anaxolotl/Flickr)

Here & Now’s animal expert on what to do when you encounter a bear and the frequency of bear attacks.

Microsoft’s Strategy To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

September 23, 2014
The Visitor's Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft was one of the first companies to implement an internal carbon fee to reduce emissions. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Microsoft’s chief environmental strategists says employees are finding new ways to improve the company’s energy efficiency. The company was the first to adopt an internal carbon fee.

UN Climate Summit Pep Rally For Future Negotiations

September 23, 2014
The United Nations opens the UN Climate Summit 2014 September 23, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The real purpose of the summit today is to mobilize political will for a global treaty at climate negotiations in Paris next year.

Future Of Federal Environmental Program In Doubt

September 22, 2014
Hank, one of two red wolves, managed by the Red Wolf Coalition. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)

Complaints from landowners has the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinking about ending a program that reintroduces red wolves into the wild.

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