World’s Only Captive Hyena Colony Scheduled To Close

August 4, 2014
After 30 years, funding for the captive hyena research colony - the only of its kind in the world - has run out. (Courtesy of Frederic Theunissen)

After 30 years, funding for California research colony – the only of its kind in the world – has run out.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban In Northwest Ohio

August 4, 2014
Toledo police officers direct traffic near a water distribution point at Waite High School, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo's water supply, the mayor said Sunday, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

About 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents were told to avoid drinking tap water because of toxins contaminating Lake Erie.

Farmers Riled Up About Proposed EPA Water Rule

July 31, 2014
Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Ore. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Northwest News Network’s Chris Lehman discovered that some farmers don’t support new revisions to the EPA’s Clean Water Act.

EPA Holds Public Hearings On Climate Change Plan

July 31, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials Nick Hutson, from left, Fred Thompson, and Julia Miller listen to public testimony during a hearing on tougher pollution restrictions, Tuesday, July 29 in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

This week, the EPA has held public hearings in four cities to discuss the new Clean Power Plan, proposed in June.

Can An Anti-Fracking Ballot Question Change Balance Of Power In Washington?

July 31, 2014
A rig drills for natural gas which will eventually be released using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on leased private property outside Rifle, in western Colorado, March 29, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Colorado Democrats worry that upcoming ballot initiatives on fracking may increase Republican voter turnout in the November elections.

California Drought: A Central Valley Farmer’s Experience

July 30, 2014
Shiraz Ranch grows fruit, nuts and vegetables on 1,200 acres of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley, California. (shirazranch.com)

Last month was the hottest June on Earth since records began in 1880, making the West Coast drought even harder for farmers.

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

July 29, 2014
Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, attends an event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The host of the ’90s children’s TV show has been drawing criticism from those who believe he’s alarmist or bullying on climate change.

Tiny House, Big Problems

July 29, 2014
Rolf and Mari von Walthausen at their 12 x 16 square-foot cabin in Cedar, Michigan. (Emily Fox/Michigan Radio)

The town health department and zoning officials said Rolf and Mari von Walthousen’s home is too small and deemed it uninhabitable.

Rare Lightning Strike Kills Man On California Beach

July 28, 2014
Pedestrians and beachgoers stand on the shore near Venice Beach as lifeguards, right, bring in a swimmer rescued from the water after a lightening strike Sunday July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Steve Christensen/AP)

A 20-year-old man died and nine others were taken to hospitals, after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted Venice Beach.

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency

July 23, 2014
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control.

More Than 20 Major Wildfires Burning In Oregon And Washington

July 21, 2014
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Nearly a million acres are burning across the two states, and thousands of firefighters are working to contain them.

Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing

July 17, 2014
A woman wearing a mask walks past the CCTV Building during severe pollution in January 2013 in Beijing. That week, the AQI in Beijing hit 755, even though it normally maxes out at 500. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

With air quality in Beijing consistently in the “very unhealthy” zone, companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post.

Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam

July 17, 2014
In this photo from May 15, 2014, China Coast Guard 3411 vessel, left, and Vietnam Coast Guard 4032 vessel sail in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. China's deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam's coast prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. China recently removed the oil rig, though they have vowed to return. (Hau Dinh/AP)

After two months of drilling, China has moved an oil rig in waters claimed both by it and Vietnam, but China has has vowed to return.

Komodo Dragons On Display At Nashville Zoo

July 16, 2014
A Komodo dragon is pictured at the St. Louis Zoo (Poppet Maulding/Flickr)

The zoo’s Dale McGinnity, who researches the endangered Komodo dragons, talks about the world’s largest living lizards.

Drought-Stricken California Fights Water Waste With Fines

July 16, 2014
Sprinklers water a lawn in Golden Gate Park on July 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Residents and businesses will face fines of up to $500 a day for wasting water on things such as landscaping, car washing and pools.

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