Environment

Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

All Things Considered

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.

All Things Considered

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?

Do We Need A New 'Environmental Impact' Label For Beef?

Labels like "organic" and "grass-fed" don't capture the beef industry's true environmental impact, researchers say. Why not have a label that assesses water use, land use and greenhouse gas emissions?

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

Morning Edition

Santa Cruz Enforces California's Toughest Drought Restrictions

California cities are taking drastic measures and none more so than Santa Cruz, where rationing is enforced through penalties. And if you can't afford to pay your fine, there's always Water School.

Morning Edition

How Too Many Trees Contribute To California's Drought

As the historic drought drags on, just about everyone wishes the state had gotten more water this year. That's largely up to snow and rainfall, but it also depends on trees in the state's mountains.

All Things Considered

The Tricky Nature Of Putting Science On Trial

The appeal for seven Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter after downplaying the possibility of an imminent earthquake has began. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter David Wolman about the trial.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Millennials are the most likely to favor traditionally pro-environment policies and believe climate change is man-made. But they are also the least likely generation to identify as environmentalists.

Forum Highlights How Mass. Aims To Reduce Carbon Emissions

October 24, 2014

In the absence of action by Congress on climate change, Massachusetts officials are pressing ahead to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and are plan for sea level rise.

Coal Mining Threatens The Great Barrier Reef

October 24, 2014
A photo taken on September 22, 2014, shows fish swimming through the coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

The reef is an underwater wonderland, but it’s facing multiple threats. Among them: the coal industry on Australia’s coast.

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

October 23, 2014
Boulder brain coral off the southwest coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Red lights from the ROV shining on the coral help scientists estimate its size. (NOAA)

The world’s oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

October 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

October 20, 2014
Natural lighting, open spaces and chilled beams can be seen at the University of Minnesota, Morris. (Courtesy)

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

Bermuda Resident Says She Is Not Fazed By Hurricane Gonzalo

October 17, 2014
Hurricane Gonzalo as seen by the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on Oct. 16, 2014. (NASA)

Hurricane Gonzalo is expected to batter Bermuda with hurricane-force winds for eight hours. That doesn’t bother longtime Bermuda resident Juliette Jackson.

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

October 17, 2014
In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

October 17, 2014
Traffic congestion is a major problem in Florida. A proposed project to build toll lanes would be the largest infrastructure project in the state, but critics say the lanes would only benefit the rich, who could afford to pay upto $10 during rush hour. Pictured, the so-called Rainbow interchange in Florida, where I-595 meets I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale. (formulaone/Flickr)

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

Wisconsin Utilities Trying To Manage Solar Energy Industry

October 15, 2014
(Susan Bence/WUWM)

Utilities say individual energy producers cost them more than the energy they contribute back to the grid is worth.

A Question Of Redemption: Voters To Decide Bottle Bill Expansion With Ballot Question 2

October 15, 2014
(Jeff Barnard/AP)

The ballot question would expand the bottle bill to include plastic bottles of non-carbonated beverages.

Helping the Mountain Lions Cross the Road

October 13, 2014
A mountain lion monitored by the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains. (National Park Service/Flickr)

Two of California’s busiest freeways run through mountain lions’ habitat. Officials and animal advocates are proposing an overpass to facilitate the animals’ passage.

Wells Have Run Dry In One Central California Community

October 13, 2014
The barren river bed in the photo on the left is the channel off of the Tule River that in a wet year refuels the aquifer to homes in East Porterville. The photo on the right is of the Tule River just a mile north of where the wells have gone dry. (Ezra David Romero/KVPR)

The little farming town of East Porterville in the San Joaquin Valley has been particularly devastated by California’s ongoing drought.

Cheap Oil At An Energy Inflection Point

October 9, 2014
This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo shows oil pumps the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe, both higher and lower, are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. (AP)

Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We’ll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.

2 Perspectives On Question 2: To Expand The ‘Bottle Bill,’ Or Not To Expand?

October 7, 2014
A collector of recyclable bottles and cans that can be redeemed for a cash deposit, takes advantage of the recycling that has piled up on William Street in New York. (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

In November, voters will be asked about a measure to expand the state’s five cent beverage container deposit on carbonated beverages.

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