Environment

New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

Morning Edition

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

Morning Edition

Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

Morning Edition

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

Morning Edition

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

All Things Considered

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

All Things Considered

In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

Heavy rains are hitting drought-stricken California. But instead of sinking into the earth, the water is rushing away in areas burned by wildfire, raising the danger of mudslides.

Morning Edition

EPA Deems Montana City An Environmentally Safe Place To Live

The city of Libby was home to a mine that blanketed residents in asbestos dust for decades. After years of cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency now says most of the risk is gone.

Are Artificial Christmas Trees Really More Environmentally Sound?

December 18, 2014
Tree farms provide the majority of Christmas trees. (jpmatth/Flickr)

One reason people purchase artificial trees is because they believe they’re more environmentally sound. But is that true?

Should Environmental Considerations Be Factored Into Dietary Guidelines?

December 17, 2014
Christian Owens, looks at a food pyramid at a Nutritional Sciences Preschool in New Brunswick, N.J. in 2005. (Mike Derer/AP)

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is working on revisions to federal guidelines due out next year. And for the first time, it’s considering the environmental implications of your food choices.

The Future Of Rooftop Solar In The Nation’s Capital

December 16, 2014
The solar panels on Anya Schoolman's roof in Mt. Pleasant generate a third to two-thirds of her energy a month. Her neighbors have even more advanced arrays.(Chris Chester/WAMU)

A proposed merger between the city’s electric utility and a national energy giant is raising concern among rooftop solar advocates.

U.N. Climate Talks Deadlocked

December 13, 2014

Already well into overtime, U.N. climate talks reached a standstill Saturday as developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

National Grid Increasing Solar Energy Sites

December 13, 2014

The Boston Globe reports the utility is announcing Monday it will install solar panels at 19 sites that would produce enough electricity for about 3,200 homes a year.

Biggest Storm In Years Hits California

December 12, 2014
The roof of a car is visible as it sits underwater in a flooded section of Ashby Avenue on December 11, 2014 in Berkeley, California. The San Francisco Bay Area is being hit with a severe storm that is bringing high winds and heavy rain that have toppled trees and caused local flooding. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The storm has moved down the coast from the San Francisco area and is now hitting Los Angeles.

Let's Talk Chicken

December 12, 2014
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

'Water Stories': A Conversation In Paint And Sound

December 11, 2014
"Spill" by Anne Neely, part of the "Water Stories" exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science. (Courtesy of Ann Neely)

Anne Neely’s paintings explore the beauty of water, but also raise a cautionary flag about issues that threaten the world’s water.

The End Of Garbage? How To Live A Greener Life Now

December 11, 2014
A view of Lauren Singer's simple, waste-free kitchen refrigerator. (Courtesy Lauren Singer / Trash Is For Tossers)

How to live a more environmentally friendly life. A look at the best ways to be green.

Another California Storm Is Brewing And The Skiing May Be Just Fine

December 10, 2014
A snowboarder has a rough landing after attempting a jump at the Boreal Mountain Ski Resort near Donner Summit, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. A storm that swept over California Wednesday dropped nearly a foot of snow on Donner Summit with another storm to arrive Friday.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A storm system is heading to California and that’s welcome news to the area’s ski resorts.

Beyond The Pump: What Falling Oil Prices Mean For U.S. Producers

December 10, 2014
International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Economist Brian Pearce speaks at the IATA global media day on December 10, 2014 in Geneva. Global airline association IATA on December 10 raised the sector's profit forecast to a record $19.9 billion for 2014 and $25 billion for 2015, as plunging oil prices drive down costs. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The plunging prices are good news for drivers, but beyond low gas prices, we look at what it means for U.S. oil producers and the economy.

The World’s Loneliest Crocodile

December 10, 2014
Cletus is the sole American Crocodile to live at Dry Tortugas National Park. (Mark Hedden)

Cletus is the only American crocodile seen in the Dry Tortugas since the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513.

Diplomats Close In On New Climate Deal

December 10, 2014
U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (right) and Peruvian Environment Minister and COP20 President, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participate in the first High-Level Segment plenary session of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP20), and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10), in Lima, on December 9, 2014. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

A potentially historic deal is reportedly in the works that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its emissions.

With The Cost Of Beef Up, Pasture Prices Rise, Too

December 8, 2014
Cattle take a drink from a tank filled by a windmill. Rancher Dave Wright was hoping to buy part of a neighboring ranch to expand his herd, but it sold for extreme prices. (Grant Gerlock /Harvest Public Media)

Grant Gerlock from Harvest Public Media brings us a story about how fewer cattle means a higher price on pastures.

Philippines Prepares As Super Typhoon Hagupit Closes In

December 5, 2014
Fishermen carry their outrigger to higher ground in Legazpi City, south of Manila on December 5, 2014, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. (Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images)

The super typhoon is expected to make landfall this weekend, a little over a year after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban.

The (Hidden) Natural Worlds Of Winter

December 4, 2014
A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP)

Winter’s coming and it may be a hard one. You’re cringing, but nature is getting ready to survive and thrive –and we take note.

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