Environment
Morning Edition

Clock Continues To Tick On Flint's Drinking Water Crisis

For more than 2 years, Flint residents have had unsafe drinking water. Steve Inskeep talks to Bishop Bernadel Jefferson of Faith Deliverance Center, a church in Flint, who's fighting for clean water.

Morning Edition

Obama To Travel To Flint, Where City Water Still Requires A Filter

President Obama visits Flint, Mich., on Wednesday for the first time since the water crisis began. Flint residents are still relying on bottled water and faucet filters to get safe drinking water.

Morning Edition

Scientists Look To Insects To Diagnose The Health Of A National Park

Put on your waders and foam-soled boots — we're about to adventure into a shallow creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

4 Arrested In Murder Of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres

Some of the suspects are said to have ties to DESA, the company building an electric dam protested by the environmental activist.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?

All Things Considered

Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

Keeping Bees Safe: It's A Ruff Job, But This Doggy Detective Gets It Done

Mack is the newest addition to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's apiary inspection team. He uses his superior sniffer to find hives infected with a contagious disease that kills bee colonies.

All Things Considered

National Park Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The National Park Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its creation this year. NPR spends time on the job with workers in the country's busiest national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to explore the vast variety of work the park service does and the challenges it's facing.

All Things Considered

Phone, Everlasting: What If Your Smartphone Never Got Old?

For many of us, when a phone starts slowing down we face a choice: spend the money to try to fix it or get a new one. But could there be a phone that never loses its luster?

These Earth-Saving Robots Might Be The Future Recyclers

Apple recently unveiled Liam, a robot with 29 arms that takes apart iPhones so materials can be recycled and reused. As we accumulate more waste, recycling robots like Liam might become more common.

Flint And The Detroit Sick-Out: Is Michigan Botching Its Response?

May 5, 2016
Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit Public Schools transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. The mass sick-out has forced the district to close 94 of its 97 schools. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. The state earlier gave the district $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep it open through June 30 as the Legislature considers a $720 million restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem?

After ‘The Biggest Loser’: The Body’s Fight To Regain Weight

May 3, 2016
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, fifteen-year-old Amorette Castillo has her sensor checked before starting a series of physical activities at a University of Southern California lab in Alhambra, Calif. Scientists across the country are playing with miniature gadgets and fitting them on the overweight and obese to get an unbiased glimpse into their exercise and eating habits. The cell phone for gathering data is on her hip. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

Weight loss lessons from the TV show “The Biggest Loser”. A study of the show’s contestants reveals why it’s so hard to keep off the weight we lose.

Water Innovation In America's Driest State

April 27, 2016
FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, a man takes a picture of the fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The vice president of sustainability for MGM Resorts International, Chris Brophy, told a panel of the Nevada Drought Forum on Friday, July 17, the company saved 2 billion gallons of water since 2008 through a variety of conservation efforts. The company has 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)

Can the thirstiest city in the driest state in the country become the Silicon Valley of water? Las Vegas is set to try.

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Inside The Exclusion Zone

April 26, 2016
The cooling tower for an unfinished reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. (Rory Carnegie)

On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, we revisit the firsthand account of a writer who was able to visit the site.

Beyond The Scenic Drive: New Ways To Explore National Parks

April 26, 2016
Tourists photograph the sunset at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine. The 1,528-foot mountain is the highest point on the shoreline of the east coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ready, set, summer. New ways to get lost inside America’s National Parks with the writers of Outside Magazine.

A Year After Devastating Quake, Nepal Just Starting To Rebuild

April 25, 2016
Bidhya Laxmi Prajapati, 45, works with a pickaxe as she clears debris at her former house damaged during the April 2015 earthquake, together with family and neighbors on April 24, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Bidhya recently started rebuilding her house which collapsed during last year's earthquake after deciding not to wait any further for compensation promised by the government. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal close to midday on April 25 lasts year. It was Nepal's worse earthquake in history as an estimated 9,000 people died and countless towns and villages across central Nepal were destroyed. Based on reports, the government promised 2,000USD to affected households but has only paid out a fraction of the amount so far and an estimated 660,000 families are still living in sub-standard temporary shelters or unsafe accommodation one year later. (Tom Van Cakenberghe/Getty Images)

Despite more than $4.1 billion in aid money pouring into Nepal following the quake, very little has been rebuilt.

Baltimore Woman Who Fought Trash Burning Project Wins Prestigious Award

April 22, 2016
Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America, inspired residents of a Baltimore neighborhood to defeat plans to build the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator less than a mile away from her high school. (Goldman Environmental Prize)

Destiny Watford was just a teenager when she began fighting a plan to build the country’s largest trash incinerator in her neighborhood.

Michael Bloomberg Outlines How Cities Can Combat Climate Change

April 22, 2016
U.S. magnate, philanthropist and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, speaks during the launching of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on June 30, 2015 at the Paris city hall. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

On this Earth Day, we revisit our talk with the former New York mayor, as well as the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson.

What The Suspension Of A Natural Gas Pipeline In Western Mass. Means For The State’s Energy Future

April 21, 2016
Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project were surprised and elated by Kinder Morgan's decision to suspend construction of the pipeline. (AP)

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would have cut through parts of southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts are celebrating today.

Connecticut Students Bring Energy To A Remote Village In Nepal

April 21, 2016
Thinley, an elder from the Nepalese village of Saldang, stands with students from Hartford's Academy of Engineering and Green Technology during his visit to the school Friday. (JACKSON MITCHELL/WNPR)

An elder from a remote village in Nepal recently visited a Hartford high school to say thank you to the students.

Volatile Energy Market Pushes Kinder Morgan To Suspend Northeast Pipeline Project

April 21, 2016

Kinder Morgan’s announcement was met with glee by opponents, saddened supporters and surprised just about everyone.

Kinder Morgan Suspends Work On Controversial Pipeline Project

April 20, 2016
Opponents of Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common on July 30, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Kinder Morgan cited inadequate commitments from prospective customers. The project would have gone from Upstate New York to Dracut.

Daredevil Sightseeing Prompts Safety Concerns At Oregon Landmark

April 20, 2016
Footprints in the sand behind this fence show how frequently visitors ignore the warning signs at Cape Kiwanda. CHRIS LEHMAN / NORTHWEST NEWS NETWORK

Cape Kiwanda is an icon of the Oregon coast, but its jagged bluffs and towering dunes also tempt thrill-seekers to get too close to the edge.

New NOVA Film Focuses On Efforts To Create Wildlife Corridors

April 20, 2016
Biologists finding ways to let animals move from park to park. (Courtesy of CSKT, MDT & WTI-MSU)

The documentary focuses on efforts to allow animals to move from park to park, avoiding human development.

Better Flood Forecasting Methods Are In The Works

April 20, 2016
Flooding at condominiums near White Oak Bayou. (Dave Fehling/Houston Public Media)

Seven people are confirmed dead in Houston’s historic flooding. A new system might better predict which areas will flood and how quickly.

Denny Alsop Draws Attention To Massachusetts Water In An Unusual Way

April 19, 2016
Denny Alsop near the Charles River in Newton (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

The 69-year-old has been paddling the rivers of Massachusetts for the past month.

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