Environment

Storm Brewing In Bering Sea Set To Hit Alaska

November 7, 2014
The remnants of Typhoon Nuri are heading across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. (Courtesy of NWS)

Alaska is hunkering down for a powerful storm in the Bering Sea that’s expected to hit the Aleutian Islands.

Pale Male Still The Bird King Of Central Park

November 6, 2014
Pale Male with a fresh kill on top of the MET on October 4, 2014. (Lincoln Karim)

The red-tailed hawk has been spotted in and around New York City’s Central Park since the early 1990s, and is still flying high.

Wolf Spotted In Grand Canyon Could Be Gray Wolf

November 6, 2014
A lone gray wolf may be roaming the Grand Canyon for the first time in 70 years. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife via AP)

If the sightings are confirmed, it would be the first sighting of a gray wolf at the national park in 70 years.

CSI For Animals: How An Oregon Lab Practices Forensics

November 4, 2014
A forensic scientist examines the hand bones of a bear. (National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory)

A nondescript 40,000-square-foot building houses the world’s only forensic crime lab for animals.

Drought Weary Californians Asked To Spend Billions On Water Projects

November 3, 2014
Hereford cattle roam the dirt-brown fields of Nathan Carver's ranch which his family has owned for five generations on the outskirts of Delano, in California's Central Valley, on February 3, 2014. At this time of the year normally, the fields would be covered in lush green grass, but the western US states's worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a parched moonscape. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

A provision that would set aside funds for new dams is drawing fire from some environmentalists and economists.

Salt Damage Threatens World Food Supply

October 31, 2014
In India, wheat, rice, sugar-cane and cotton production are all at risk. Pictured are Indian farmers harvesting wheat at a field near Allahabad on April 8, 2013. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of acres of land are being lost each day because of damage caused by salt, according to a U.N. analysis.

Lava Threatens Homes On Hawaii’s Big Island

October 29, 2014
Lava has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

Residents of Pahoa Village are evacuating, as smoke billows towards their homes and lava from Kilauea volcano creeps closer.

On Superstorm Sandy Anniversary, Red Cross Under Scrutiny

October 29, 2014
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says, as many as 40 percent of the organization's emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of the trucks in Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross. (Les Stone/American Red Cross)

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica has uncovered serious problems with the charity’s response to the storm.

Hurricane Ana Remnants Lash Pacific Northwest

October 28, 2014

It’s been decades since remnants of a hurricane hit Oregon and Washington state, but that’s what is happening today.

Cartels Can Make Fracking In Mexico Expensive And Dangerous

October 28, 2014
Earlier this month, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson visited Mexico City to discuss Mexico’s energy reforms with members of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government. (David Brown/Greater Houston Partnership)

Texas oil companies could make a fortune in Mexico, but there’s a catch: the shale plays are located in states overrun by organized crime.

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.

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.

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