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The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm

A prominent journalist with a sick child quit her job and produced an eye-opening look at the consequences of China's air pollution problem. Some 200 million have watched it since the weekend.

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

The final vote was 62-37, which falls short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.

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U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.

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Many Of Oregon's Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk

The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they'd likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance of a major quake along the West Coast in the next fifty years — the kind of quake that hit Japan in 2011.

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Opposition Grows To Nicaragua Canal Connecting Atlantic And Pacific

The canal would allow passage for the largest ships on the water, but cut through wetlands, forests and the region's largest freshwater lake — and environmentalists worry about the consequences.

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.

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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.

The Fight Against Illegal Logging On Behalf Of Butterflies

March 5, 2015
Monarch butterflies are pictured on December 10, 2008, at the Sierra del Chincua sancturay in Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)

The Monarch butterfly is an icon in Mexico, but the country hasn’t always done an exemplary job protecting the migratory insect.

Ringling Bros. Circus Says No More Elephants

March 5, 2015
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 3, 2015. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (Gary Bogdon/Feld Entertainment Inc. via AP)

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it will phase out elephants over the next three years.

Hikers Make History On Pacific Crest Trail

March 3, 2015
Justin Lichter (left) and Shawn Forry are pictured at the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Courtesy of Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter)

Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter’s four-and-a-half month trek is believed to be the first-ever winter traverse of the PCT.

Cape Wind Backs Out Of New Bedford Terminal Lease

March 2, 2015

Cape Wind said the project will not be able to occupy terminal space as envisioned under its lease agreement and was therefore “amenable” to the clean energy center’s proposal to terminate the lease.

The Universal Attraction Of Black Holes

March 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

Keeping Supplies Flowing By Hitting Ice Floes: What It’s Like To Be A Coast Guard Ice Breaker

February 27, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Aureus Avenido watches on deck as the USC Bollard breaks through ice Thursday on the way to the Weymouth Fore River. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Several Coast Guard crews have been assigned the job of breaking up ice along the Massachusetts coastline to allow for the flow of supplies, energy and emergency resources.

Snow Blankets The South

February 26, 2015
Students Clint and Amanda Rasberry take a stroll on the snow-covered campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 20156. A winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Carolinas, creating treacherous roads and leaving thousands of people without power Thursday. (Allen G. Breed/AP)

The southern half of the United States has been slammed with another snow storm. We check in with the mayor of Raleigh, N.C.

Instead Of Snow Days, Time Off For Sandstorms, Volcanoes And More

February 25, 2015
Two young men walk through a dust and sand storm in the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 13, 2011. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

What do children in other countries get days off for? Kavitha Cardoza brings stories from Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Ecuador and India.

19 Manatees Rescued From Storm Drain In Florida

February 24, 2015
Screenshot from manatee rescue video

With colder temperatures than usual, the endangered mammals were probably seeking warmer waters in the drainpipe.

How Small Ski Hills Survive In The Adirondacks

February 24, 2015
Jeremy Davis, author of Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks enjoying the slopes at the town ski area in Newcomb, N.Y. (David Sommerstein, NCPR)

The Northeast used to be dotted with small mom and pop ski hills. Most of them have disappeared, but some are still hanging on.

The Polar Vortex Is Back

February 20, 2015
A commuter braves cold temperatures on 42nd Street in New York on February 20, 2015. The temperature in Central Park Friday morning was 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-16.6C). The previous record for this date was 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-13.8C), set in 1950. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Winds from Russia have traveled across the North Pole to the U.S. Meteorologists call it the Siberian Express.

At Florida Zoo, Heaters Provide Creature Comfort

February 20, 2015
Monkeys at the Naples Zoo huddle near the heater in their hut. Normally they would be swinging and playing. (Courtney Jolly)

The Naples Zoo is using heaters and heat lamps to keep the cheetahs, wallabies, hyenas and the anteater comfortable.

Woods Hole Study Finds Ancient, Powerful Hurricanes Tied To Warmer Waters

February 19, 2015
Waves splash against a seawall and onto houses along the Atlantic coast Dec. 9, 2014, in Scituate. (Steven Senne/AP)

It’s been a nasty winter, but if you want to really talk about nasty storms, take a look at history. Research out of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution points to some of the most severe weather that’s ever hit this region.

Uncertain Future For Petroleum Engineers

February 18, 2015
In Vladimir Alvarado's petroleum engineering class, there are no signs enrollment is shrinking, although job prospects are getting slim. (Stephanie Joyce)

Six months ago, joining a petroleum engineering program seemed like a good investment. With oil prices slumping, some are reevaluating.

Fighting Waste With Waste At Big Data Centers

February 17, 2015
The Microsoft Data Plant runs entirely on the methane emitted by the wastewater treatment facility next door. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

An experimental Microsoft Data Plant in Wyoming is the first data center in the country to be powered solely by methane waste.

Harvard Students Stage Sit-In For Fossil Fuel Divestment

February 12, 2015

Students asking that Harvard University divest its endowment from fossil fuels have taken over the offices of President Drew Faust.

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