Environment

Wyoming Wind Power Has Nowhere To Go

September 1, 2014
High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day. (Inside Energy)

Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping so much western wind at bay.

Old Threats Persist For Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee

August 29, 2014
Biologist Melisa Leszik steers the boat while LPC Director Harry Vogel looks for loons. (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio went along on an annual bird count to find out how the loons are doing.

Heavy Surf Pummels California’s Catalina Island

August 29, 2014
This image provided by Mean Advantage Productions shows damage left after Wednesday's storm on Catalina Island Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. Pummeled by high surf, the island was subjected to a third day of huge waves and dangerous rip currents as the area felt the ripple effects of Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast. (Mean Advantage Productions via AP)

While many were excited for the surge of waves from Tropical Storm Marie, they had some devastating effects.

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

August 28, 2014
Oceanographer Charles J. Moore found this garbage patch in 1997, but he says he's "shocked" by the amount of growth in the past 15 years. (Algalita Marine Research and Education)

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he’s shocked by how much it’s grown.

Predicting When Turtles Will Hatch Could Help Outer Banks Economy

August 25, 2014
When a turtle nest is found, park rangers excavate the nest, inventory the eggs and mark out the nests with a 30-foot square enclosure. (National Park Service)

Park rangers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore hope electronic sensors will allow them to predict exactly when turtle eggs will hatch.

Earthquake Hits A Nerve In Napa

August 25, 2014
Eddie Villa uses a shovel to clean up wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van's Liquors following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As wine makers and sellers sweep up broken glass and survey the damage, we check in with KQED’s Mina Kim.

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Plan For Coal Ash

August 21, 2014
Didi Fung, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, collects water samples from the Dan River, Feb. 5, 2014, as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Documents and interviews collected by The Associated Press show how Duke’s lobbyists prodded Republican legislators to tuck a 330-word provision in a regulatory reform bill running nearly 60 single-spaced pages. Though the bill never once mentions coal ash, the change allowed Duke to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Six months after a coal ash spill, state lawmakers have approved a plan to regulate the ashes left over from burning coal.

Bumper U.S. Corn Yield Could Top Records

August 20, 2014
Shoulder-high stalks are seen in a corn field July 5, 2006 in Prairie View, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures magazine says consumers can expect to see prices drop at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store.

Modern-Day Dust Bowl Isn’t Easy, But It Beats The 1930s

August 20, 2014
Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

It’s been drier on the American prairie than it was during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but many farmers are surviving.

Conservationists Urge Action As African Elephants Reach Tipping Point

August 19, 2014
A new study finds more African elephants are being killed each year than are being born. Pictured are elephants in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, July 2014. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)

A study out this week says more African elephants are being killed each year than are being born.

Ospreys Have Fatal Attraction To Baling Twine, Fishing Line

August 18, 2014
This is how ospreys' unhealthy affinity for baling twine can kill. Idaho Fish and Game biologist Beth Waterbury rescued this osprey in the nick of time. (Beth Waterbury/Idaho Fish and Game)

Wildlife biologists in the northwestern U.S. are working with ranchers to keep the attractive nuisance out of the ospreys’ clutches.

Facing Backlash, SeaWorld Expands Killer Whale Habitats

August 15, 2014
In this April 10, 2014 photo, Sea World trainer Michelle Shoemaker hugs killer whale Kayla as she works on a routine before a show, in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has faced criticism over its treatment of its captive killer whales since the release of the highly-critical documentary, "Blackfish," last year. (John Raoux/AP)

SeaWorld has faced criticism over its treatment of captive killer whales since the release of the documentary, “Blackfish.”

Red Tide Approaches Florida

August 12, 2014
A red tide off the coast of La Jolla San Diego, California. (Mortadelo2005/Wikimedia Commons)

The massive algae bloom is the largest the state has seen in nearly 10 years. It’s 80 miles long and 50 miles wide.

Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall On Hawaii

August 8, 2014
Anne Kllingshirn, of Kailua, Hawaii walks with her daughter Emma, 1, as storm clouds float overhead during the sunrise hours on Kailua Beach, in Kailua, Hawaii, Thursday morning Aug. 7, 2014. (Luci Pemoni/AP)

The eye of the storm swept onto shore with winds of 60 mph at 2:30 a.m. local time. No deaths or major injuries were reported.

Perseids And Supermoon Both Visible This Weekend

August 8, 2014
A meteor from the annual Perseid meteor shower falls from space over ruins at Fort Churchill State Historic Park on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Silver Springs, Nev. (Kevin Clifford/AP)

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak starting on Sunday, the same night the supermoon is set to appear.

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