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Coal Country Reacts To Supreme Court Stay On Obama Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.

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Will California Gas Leak Mark A Turning Point In Energy Debate?

A massive methane leak may soon end, but its environmental impact is still being weighed. A scientist says it won't have a big effect globally, but it's a setback in efforts to curb greenhouse gases.

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.

Supreme Court Puts White House's Carbon Pollution Limits On Hold

A decision on the Clean Power Plan could be long in coming — meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.

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High Court Temporarily Blocks Enforcement Of Carbon Emissions Rules

The Supreme Court put a temporary hold on President Obama's stricter limits on carbon emissions. The justices say the rules can't take effect until courts have considered challenges from the states.

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Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

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When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story

For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.

Morning Edition

Debris Flow From California's Rough Fire Threatens Lakes Downstream

A lot of El Nino-related precipitation is falling on an area devastated by a giant 150,000 acre fire that burned last summer. Dirt and debris are flowing into lakes, and farmers are worried.

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School Superintendent In Flint Worries About Water Crisis' Irreversible Harm

Renee Montagne talks to Bilal Tawwab, superintendent of schools in Flint, Mich., about how the district is responding to the lead water crisis. The extent of the damage from the lead is not yet known.

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Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years

You've heard of the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But it's not the only place with a water problem. In St. Joseph, La., the water "looks like sludge," according to Louisiana's own state health officer.

SCOTUS Stalls Clean Power Plan

February 11, 2016
In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, Vern Lund, president of Liberty Mine in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss., holds some of the lignite coal planned for use in the nearby Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture power plant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The Supreme Court hits the brakes on the heart of President Obama’s push to fight global warming. We’ll dig in.

California Crab Fishermen Struggling, As Algae Blooms

February 10, 2016
Chris Swim repairs crab traps in the parking lot of the Pillar Point Harbor on November 5, 2015 in Half Moon Bay, California, after the California Fish and Game Commission voted to suspend recreational Dungeness crab fishing for 180 days due to the a high level of the deadly neurotoxin domoic acid that has been found in the meat and viscera of Dungeness crabs caught off the coast of San Francisco. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Regulators indefinitely delayed the season for Dungeness crab for the first time ever, due to the huge algae bloom off the coast.

Dealing With The Zika Threat

February 10, 2016
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec, inspects the pupae of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector for transmitting the Zika virus, in Campinas, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Taking on the Zika virus, from tackling the disease itself, to killing the mosquitoes that carry it to the challenge of birth control.

Winter Weather Update

February 8, 2016
John Moreira clears snow from Monday's storm off sidewalks on Commonwealth Ave. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The latest on the snow storm across the state.

Week In The News: Cruz Wins Iowa, Clinton Edges Sanders, Zika 'Emergency'

February 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline

February 4, 2016

The city will appeal a decision by federal energy regulators to allow the controversial 5-mile-long pipeline through West Roxbury to move forward.

Killer Whale Baby Boom Is Good News, But Why So Many Males?

February 3, 2016
One of the new killer whale calves, J54, is pictured in Puget Sound. (Dave Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research)

Nine new calves have been spotted in and around Puget Sound, but there appears to be an imbalance in the sex ratio.

Country’s Deepest Lake Has Invasive Species Problem

February 2, 2016
A water-logged log nicknamed "Old Man of the Lake" floats in Crater Lake at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, July 16, 2004. (AP Photo/Laura Meckler)

Crayfish are loving the rising water temperatures in Oregon’s Crater Lake, jeopardizing native species in the process.

As Linchpin Of Project, Mass. Town Of Acushnet Weighs Pipeline Facility

February 2, 2016
Access Northeast's map of the pipeline, with the proposed LNG facility in Acushnet highlighted. (Courtesy Access Northeast)

The small town, located 50 miles south of Boston, is key to a proposed $3 billion natural gas pipeline expansion project called Access Northeast.

Environmental Advocates, Fishermen At Odds Over Turning Cashes Ledge Into National Monument

February 2, 2016
Marine life found underwater at Cashes Ledge. (Courtesy of Brian Skerry)

There is an effort to designate Cashes Ledge — a historically important fishing area — as a national marine monument. This would require a presidential order and would effectively close the area to all commercial activity.

Examining The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Ethanol

January 29, 2016
Corn pours out of one of the many grain-hauling trucks at the Lincolnway Energy ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The corn will be used to start the process that will eventually yield the biofuel. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Nearly half of Iowa’s corn goes to produce ethanol, which the U.S. government mandates to be blended with gasoline.

The Origins Of The Dog

January 29, 2016
A Lagotto Romagnolo is introduced at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in New York as one of seven breeds which will compete for the first time at next month's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Tracing the origins of man’s best friend. Maybe they didn’t come from wolves. New research on the evolution of dogs.

Freezing: The New Science Of Cold

January 28, 2016
Crane shaped fountain is frozen at Hibiya Park in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Frozen. New science and a new understanding of life, death and freezing.

New Plover Protection Proposal Could Ease Restrictions On Beach Access

January 27, 2016
As the population of piping plovers continues to increase, Massachusetts beachgoers may soon have more access to prime spots along the coast that have often been closed off to protect the endangered species. Pictured her, a plover is seen perched atop a rock just south of Nauset Beach. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As the population of piping plovers continues to increase, Massachusetts beachgoers may soon have more access to prime spots along the coast that have often been closed off to protect the endangered species.

Amid Severe Drought, California Snowpack Hits 5-Year High

January 27, 2016
Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, leaves the snow covered meadow where he performed the first manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The survey showed the snowpack to be nearly 5 feet deep, with a water content of 16.3 inches, which is 136 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The increase is likely brought on by recent El Niño storms and, while reservoirs remain below average, it’s a good sign for the future.

Failed Antarctic Expedition Ends In Tragedy

January 25, 2016
Henry Worsley succumbed to exhaustion just 30 miles short of his goal. (shackletonsolo.org)

British explorer Henry Worsley was just 30 miles from the end of a solo 1,000-mile journey across Antarctica when he succumbed to exhaustion.

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