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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."

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Economic Concerns Fuel Campaign To Save The Sage Grouse

Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well.

Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

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Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. Many groups, including some oil and gas firms and a conservation group, don't want that to happen.

Obama Focuses On Native Issues, Climate Change As He Starts Alaska Visit

The arctic is the fastest-warming region on the planet, the president noted, adding the U.S., as the world's biggest economy and second-biggest carbon emitter, played a role in that.

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What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.

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Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting

In the decade since Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have invested in new satellites and computer modeling technology that have significantly improved their ability to forecast and track hurricanes.

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Obama's Climate Change Words And Actions Don't Match, Alaskans Say

President Obama is visiting Alaska this week to highlight his push to fight global warming. Two weeks ago, the Obama administration approved drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

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How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

Obama To Rename Continent's Highest Peak From Mount McKinley To Denali

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

In Alaska, Obama Calls For Urgent Action On Climate Change

September 1, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in the Denaina Civic and Convention Center on August 31, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking at an international Arctic conference, President Obama said the world is not acting fast enough to address climate change.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

September 1, 2015
Denali is seen from a window on Air Force One during descent into Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 31, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

Should Taxpayers Receive More Mining Royalties From Coal Companies?

August 31, 2015
A sign hangs at the "Stop New Energy Taxes" rally. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

The Bureau of Land Management says it wants to ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return on mining on federal lands.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Hiking The Appalachian Trail

August 31, 2015
A hiker climbs up Mount Katahdin with the wilderness of Baxter State Park in Maine in the background, Aug. 27, 2014. Katahdin is nearly a mile high, the tallest mountain in Maine, and its peak is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. (Beth J. Harpaz/AP)

Warren Doyle of the Appalachian Trail Institute describes what’s it like to hike all 2,189 miles of the trail, from Georgia to Maine.

On Alaska Visit, Obama To Highlight Climate Change

August 31, 2015
President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 31, 2015. Obama is heading for a three-day visit to Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The visit is very much designed to highlight Alaska’s extraordinary scenery and the already-visible effects of climate change there.

Growers See Strong Apple-Picking Season In New England

August 30, 2015
McIntosh apples hang on a tree on Sunday at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass. Apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. (Steven Senne/AP)

According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year’s and 18 percent above the region’s five-year average.

Boston Offers Seniors Program To Upgrade Heating Systems

August 30, 2015

Under the “Seniors Save” program, eligible homeowners will receive a $3,500 grant toward upgrades to their heating systems.

How One Mass. Town Adopted A City Devastated By Hurricane Katrina

August 28, 2015
Homes were left in ruin, including these in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Wayland became a sister city to Waveland, Miss.

Schooner Delivers Maine Produce To Boston Harbor The Old-Fashioned Way

August 28, 2015
The Adventure sits in Portland Harbor, ready to be stocked with Maine goods before setting sail to Boston. (Tom Porter/MPRN)

A 90-year-old schooner is heading to Boston, laden with three tons of Maine-grown farm produce, aiming to make a serious point about food systems and regional economics.

Californians Cut Water Use By 31 Percent Last Month

August 28, 2015
Gillian Flaccus' daughter leaned to brush her teeth without leaving the water running at the family's home, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 near Los Angeles. Flaccus, an Associated Press reporter, and her husband are using the California drought to teach their children life lessons about conservation. (Chris Carlson/AP)

New data shows that residents have surpassed the mandatory water restrictions for the second month in a row.

The World’s Disappearing Natural Sound

August 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

Baby Panda Dies At The National Zoo

August 27, 2015
Mei Xiang eats a bamboo breakfast January 6, 2014, inside her glass enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Only few days after its birth, the smaller of the two newborn panda cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has died.

10 Years After Katrina, Is New Orleans Better Protected?

August 27, 2015
Homes and vacant lots stand in the Lower Ninth Ward (left) in front of the Industrial Canal (right) on August 24, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The area was one of the most heavily devastated areas of the city following a levee breach along the Industrial Canal during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1,836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is August 29. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Louisiana’s plan for flood protection could help save the city, but a historian wonders whether political will exists to put it in place.

Those Along Proposed Pipeline Route Express Concerns Over Environmental Issues, Jobs

August 27, 2015

Fears about property values, noise, environmental disturbances and pollution worry many along the route of the proposed pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania and end in Dracut, Mass. However, some people feel the pipeline would bring jobs to the area.

Mount Everest Reopened To Climbers

August 26, 2015
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Seven-time Mount Everest summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever.

With Crews Stretched Thin, Washington Calls On Civilians To Fight Fire

August 26, 2015
A makeshift fire truck puts water on a wildfire, which is part of the Okanogan Complex, as it burns through brush on August 22, 2015 near Omak, Washington. The fires have burned more than 127,000 acres. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Some residents have donated their bulldozers to the cause and those who are qualified are volunteering to fight the fires on the front line.

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