Environment

Everglades Bike Trail Plans Draw Protests

April 2, 2015
The Tamiami Trail runs from Napes to Miami, Florida, through the Everglades. A proposed bike path along the highway is drawing protests. (schimonski/Flickr)

Critics say the proposed 76-mile-long bike trail between Naples and Miami, Florida, would be harmful to the ecosystem.

California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015
Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, left, leads his group out to measure snow levels near Echo Summit, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Steve Yeater/AP)

Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history.

From Bad To Worse: California’s Snowpack Drops To Historic Low

April 1, 2015
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, walks past some weeds emerging from the snow pack as he conducts the second snow survey of the season at Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The survey showed the snow pack to to be 7.1 inches deep with a water content of 2.3 inches, which is 12 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. In a normal year this location is usually covered in several feet of snow. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The snowpack is often called California’s “frozen reservoir,” but levels are estimated at less than 10 percent of their historic average.

U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 28 Percent

March 31, 2015
US President Barack Obama (2L), Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall (2R) and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt (R) listen while Eric Haukdal, an energy manager at the Department of Energy headquarters, speaks about the solar panels on the roof at the Department of Energy, March 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration is pledging to cut emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, but it has not yet explained how it will do that.

Startup Gives New Incentive To Use Solar Energy

March 31, 2015
Two of the founders of CloudSolar, Cory Absi, left, and Michael Sun, right, stand by a solar panel. (Courtesy CloudSolar)

A new startup is offering to pay people for investing in solar energy – even if the panels aren’t attached to their homes.

Hi-Tech Now An Essential Tool On Southwest Farms

March 30, 2015
Robots still haven't caught up to the precise hand/eye coordination of human hands. Here, a crew strips heads of iceberg lettuce, and gets them ready to be packed and shipped for Dole. (Kate Sheehy/KJZZ)

As labor shortages on American farms increases, farm owners are looking more and more towards robotic solutions.

Tornado Hits Oklahoma On Anniversary Of Historic 1948 Forecast

March 26, 2015
This frame taken from video provided by Brenton Leete shows a funnel cloud in part of a storm Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Sand Springs, Okla. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (Brenton Leete/AP)

A tornado hit the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma 67 years ago, but there were no fatalities because it had been predicted.

A Crisis In Slow Motion: California Enters Fourth Year Of Drought

March 25, 2015
Low water levels are visible at Lake McClure on March 24, 2015, in La Grange, California. More than 3,000 residents in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro who rely on water from Lake McCLure could potentially run out of water in the near future if the severe drought continues. Lake McClure is currently at 7 percent of its normal capacity and residents are under mandatory 50 percent water use restrictions. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Is the California government doing enough to deal with the serious drought? Katie Orr of Capital Public Radio weighs in.

Manatee Count Is Up And How Dogs Helped Take Neanderthals Down

March 25, 2015
A baby manatee born on April 24, 2014, swims at the Zoo Parc of Beauval on July 19, 2014. (Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images)

Vicki Croke of WBUR’s The Wild Life discusses manatees and other animal news, including elephants and the downfall of Neanderthals.

Researchers Say Global Warming Is Slowing Ocean Currents

March 24, 2015
Cold melt water coming of the Greenland Ice Sheet is thought to be one of the causes of the disturbance in Atlantic currents. (NASA GISS warming map 1901-2013/Press Release)

A new study suggests that human-caused melting of polar ice has slowed down currents in the Atlantic Ocean, and that the Gulf Stream could shut down far sooner than initially predicted.

Supreme Court To Hear Case On Power Plant Emission Standards

March 24, 2015
A power plant in Holland, Mich. A lawsuit is challenging the EPA's emission standards for power plants. (Norm Hoekstra/Flickr)

The lawsuit argues the regulatory agency improperly adopted the standards without first considering how much it would cost to reduce emissions

Flushable Wipes Wiping Out Sewer Systems

March 24, 2015
London sewers are getting clogged with massive "fatbergs" -- major blockages when congealed fat mixes with ostensibly flushable wipes, which actually turn out not to be septic-safe. (sub-urban.com/Flickr)

It turns out flushable wipes aren’t septic-safe — and they’ve been wreaking havoc on London’s sewer system and systems around the world.

Proposed Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline In Kentucky Raises Concerns

March 24, 2015
A valve station for the pipeline near Lebanon. (Erica Peterson/WPFL)

A company wants to convert an existing natural gas pipeline to carry the volatile byproducts of gas drilling.

China’s Top Weather Official Warns Of Climate Change Risks

March 23, 2015
A man wears a mask amid heavy smog on the Bund in Shanghai on November 12, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

In rare public statement, Zheng Guoguang said climate change could have devastating ecological impacts on China.

First Anniversary Of Deadly Washington Landslide Approaches

March 20, 2015
Oso Fire Department Chief Willy Harper said one of the most challenging parts of the immediate aftermath of the mudslide was handling all of the community volunteers who showed up to assist in recovering and rescuing victims. Most of the volunteers were untrained to deal with the traumatic scene. He is himself a volunteer. "I would see it on their faces," Harper said. "They came back changed people. They weren't ready to see what they had to see." (Daniel Berman/KUOW)

Sunday marks one year since the landslide in Oso, Washington, that killed 43 people.

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