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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

In Brazil, Deforestation Is Up, And So Is The Risk Of Tree Extinction

Brazil's Environment Ministry announced that deforestation in the country has increased by 16 percent. A separate study warned that more than half the Amazon's tree species may be threatened.

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North Dakotans Feel Singled Out In Clean Power Plan's Compliance Mandate

Under the final version of the plan, North Dakota will have to cut emissions by 45 percent — a fourfold increase from the draft plan, and more than any other state.

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India's Quandary: Climate Change And Coal

Coal is king in India. Some say there's little alternative. So how can this country, the world's third-largest polluter, provide energy and lift millions from poverty while trying to become "greener"?

Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

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California Puts Dungeness Crab Season On Hold Indefinitely

The West Coast delicacy of fresh Dungeness crab won't be on holiday tables this year. A massive toxic algae bloom in the Pacific Ocean has delayed the commercial crabbing season.

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Climate Activists Scale Back Plans For U.N. Summit In Wake Of Paris Attacks

Environmental groups hoping to put pressure on delegates by staging rallies in the run up to and during the climate summit are rethinking plans after the recent attacks in Paris.

Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.

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California Farmer Works To Restore Groundwater By Purposely Flooding Crops

California farmers are pumping groundwater faster than it can be replenished. One farmer is spending millions of dollars trying to restore it by deliberately flooding his crops when there is water to spare. It's caught the attention of other farmers, especially since new state laws could soon restrict groundwater use.

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

Diplomacy And Debate At COP 21 Paris Climate Talks

November 30, 2015
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, center left, Minister of the Environment of Peru and COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, center right, and French Foreign Affairs Minister and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, center, pose for photographers during a press visit to the COP21, Paris Climate Conference, site, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

World leaders converge in Paris for the big climate talks. We’ll look at what it will take to get a global climate agreement.

Climate Change Winners And Losers

November 27, 2015
Polar bear (Anita Ritenour/Flickr)

The man who coined the term “biological diversity” back in 1980 explains that while many species will suffer, some will do well and adapt.

What To Expect At The Paris Climate Summit

November 27, 2015
Workers install a wind turbine on the Champs-Elysees avenue on November 26, 2015 in Paris, ahead of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), also known as "Paris 2015" from November 30 to December 11. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists explains the key issues, as leaders from more than 190 nations prepare to gather.

Feasting On Fuel

November 26, 2015
Chard grows in vertical racks under LEDs at the Bright Agrotech warehouse in Laramie. (Stephanie Joyce/Wyoming Public Radio)

Up to a fifth of total U.S. energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food.

Colorado Ski Industry Calls For Action On Climate Change

November 26, 2015
Skiers and snowboarders line up to take on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. (Grace Hood/CPR News)

The state’s mountain resorts will feel the pinch as the earth’s climate warms. The question is, what can be done about it?

After Paris Attacks, Protests At Upcoming Climate Talks Curtailed

November 25, 2015
French gendarmes stand guard as dozens of people begin to gather for a demonstration in support of migrants at Place de la Republique (Republic Square) in Paris amid a ban on public gatherings on November 22, 2015. Paris has extended a ban on public gatherings introduced after the terror attacks in the French capital until November 30, the start of UN climate talks, the city's police headquarters said on November 21. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

The negotiations will go on as planned, but authorities have banned public demonstrations in hard-to-secure outdoor spaces.

Study Touts Benefits Of Reduced Driving In Mass., Urges Policy Changes

November 23, 2015
A new report is calling for improvements to Massachusetts public transportation systems to allow residents to cut down on driving miles, which the report says will save the state and its residents money. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

According to the report, the reduction of 1 percentage point in the growth rate of driving miles over the next 15 years would generate a combined savings of $2.3 billion annually. The reduction would also prevent an estimated 23.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere from 2015 to 2030.

AG Maura Healey On Draft Kings, Charter Schools, Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline

November 20, 2015
Attorney General Maura Healey released a study Wednesday afternoon about Massachusett's future energy needs. She opposes the Kinder Morgan proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Franklin County. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A look at the AG’s draft regulations for daily fantasy sports companies, her opposition to lift the cap on charter schools and more.

U.S. Government To Retire Its Research Chimps

November 19, 2015
Two-month-old chimpanzee Liwali is carried by her mother Lisa while inspecting Christmas gift-wrapped food treats and other tasty decorations left inside the exhibit in Sydney on December 9, 2014. The chimpanzees were quick to pounce on the festive-themed enrichment items prepared by keepers, showing off their natural foraging skills to uncover the food inside while some seemed just as happy playing with the cardboard box packaging. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

All of the remaining research chimpanzees at will be moved to a sanctuary as soon as space can be found.

Mass. Lawmakers Fail To Reach Accord On Solar Incentives

November 19, 2015

The House and Senate moved into their winter recess on Wednesday night without a deal to raise caps on solar power that advocates say are hindering solar development across the state.

Mass. AG Study: New England Doesn’t Need More Natural Gas Pipelines

November 18, 2015
Opponents of Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline, which was originally outlined to snake through 45 Massachusetts communities, protest on Boston Common on July 30, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The report concludes that the region will be able to meet electricity needs through 2030 “with or without electric ratepayer investment in new natural gas pipeline capacity.”

Minor Earthquake Rattles Massachusetts

November 18, 2015

The Weston Observatory at Boston College said the magnitude 1.5 earthquake struck just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Folk Medicine’s Role In The Modern World

November 13, 2015
Lizard's tail, pictured here at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, is a common wetland plant with anti-inflammatory properties. (nelag/Flickr)

Scientists are investigating whether any of the plants used in Cajun and Creole folk medicines might be helpful for treating diabetes.

Too Much Sand: A Problem For Oregon Coastal Communities

November 12, 2015
Some homeowners in Bayshore, Oregon, have to shovel out their driveways on windy days. (Chris Lehman, Northwest News Network)

In Bayshore, Oregon, winter storms blow sand inland, piling it up to the eaves of some houses, covering driveways and even roads.

Montreal Begins Dumping 2.1 Billion Gallons Of Sewage Into St. Lawrence River

November 11, 2015
A freighter is sailing in the St. Lawrence River on July, 18th along L'ïle d'orléans Island (Québec, Canada). Just after midnight this morning, the city of Montreal began dumping raw, untreated sewage into this main waterway. Over the next six days, the city will dump more than 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the river, which runs from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. (Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the next six days, the city is dumping untreated sewage into the river, which runs from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

How Bay State Wind Differs From Cape Wind, And How It Doesn’t

November 10, 2015
DONG Energy installs wind turbine blades in the German North Sea at the Borkum Riffgrund 1 power plant, which opened in October. The Danish company is proposing to build an offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard. (Courtesy of DONG Energy)

A Danish energy company has proposed building an offshore wind farm in federal waters south of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

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