Environment

Salmon-Killing Parasite Is Thriving In California Drought

June 17, 2015
A juvenile Chinook salmon from the Klamath River shows signs of parasitic infection and disease. (Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix)

Scientists are predicting a die-off of young Chinook salmon in the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

What Stronger Storms Could Mean For The North Carolina Coast

June 16, 2015
Storm-damaged houses in Nags Head, N.C. (Dave DeWitt)

Scientists predict stronger and more frequent storms along the Eastern seaboard. WUNC’s Dave DeWitt considers what this would mean.

Scientists Use Pasta Machines To Help Native Grasses

June 16, 2015
Vanessa Schroeder operates a pasta machine to make seed pellets. The dough squeezes through circular "spaghetti" holes and is then sliced into pellets with a rotating blade. (Amanda Peacher/OPB)

It’s no coincidence that the nutrient-rich seed “pillows” ecologists are making to nurture native seeds look like brown ravioli.

Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall In Texas

June 16, 2015
In this aerial photo, people canoe through floodwaters past a stop sign near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters move from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Tropical Storm Bill is expected to add to the problems Texas has already experienced this spring due to torrential rains and flooding.

Could Weaning The U.S. Off Coal Jeopardize The Grid?

June 11, 2015
A truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Montana. (Matthew Brown/AP)

Many people who deal in the energy sector – grid operators, lawmakers and especially the coal industry – are pushing the idea.

The Future Of Wyoming Coal

June 10, 2015
A shovel prepares to dump a load of coal into a 320-ton truck at the Black Thunder Mine in Wright, Wyo., in April, 2007. (Matthew Brown/AP)

For various reasons, Wyoming’s coal industry is facing a grim future, according to recent studies out of the University of Wyoming.

N.H. Utilities Get Aggressive On Tree Trimming

June 9, 2015
In Hopkinton, New Hampshire, more than a dozen trees that had grown up too close to power lines had to be removed. (Sam Evans-Brown/NHPR)

With more storms and older trees, some utility companies are spending nearly double what they used to on tree-trimming.

Norway Votes To Divest From Coal

June 8, 2015
A conveyor bridge deposits soil removed from one end of the Welzow Sued open-pit lignite coal mine to allow excavators to reach the coal underneath as the Schwarze Pumpe coal-fired power plant stands behind on May 28, 2015 near Welzow, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The move is significant for the fossil fuel divestment movement, which has also received attention on college campuses in the U.S.

Jet Fuel Powered By… Beef Tallow?

June 8, 2015
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Fuel made from inedible beef tallow is moving from the experimental phase to commercial production for United Airlines.

Solar Gardens Grow Community Energy

June 5, 2015
Boulder's community solar garden, run by Clean Energy Collective, has the capacity to produce just under 1 megawatt of energy. (Grace Hood/CPR News)

When homeowners want to use solar energy but can’t put panels on their homes, community solar gardens are another option.

Hunters Work To Repair Old Guzzlers In California

June 4, 2015
Members of Quail Forever San Diego, a habitat restoration and conservation group, repair a guzzler in 2013.

Guzzlers were built decades ago to collect rainwater for animals, but many have fallen into disrepair.

Thar She Drones: New Technology Helps Track Gray Whales

June 4, 2015
Visitors aboard a boat watch as a gray whale surfaces in the Pacific Ocean waters of the San Ignacio lagoon, near the town of Guerrero Negro, in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Hunted to the edge of extinction in the 1850’s after the discovery of the calving lagoons, and again in the early 1900’s with the introduction of floating factories, the gray whale was given full protection in 1947 by the International Whaling Commission. (Dario Lopez-Mills/AP)

Two San Diego-based scientists are using new technology to get a bird’s eye view of once-endangered gray whales.

Landscaper Helps Drought-Proof Yards

June 4, 2015
Side view with lawn. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Landscapers in California say there are many options for beautiful, drought resistant yards.

New Lab Creates Hurricanes At The Flip Of A Switch

June 4, 2015
Surge-Structure-Atmosphere-Interaction wind-wave tank and hurricane simulator at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. (Gort Photography)

As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, scientists are using a new lab in Miami to create and study their own hurricanes.

Forming A Community Of Conservation In San Diego

June 3, 2015
Transition Streets San Diego members Gawain Thompson, and Leslie and Jamie Edmonds stand in front of the Edmonds' home in El Cerrito, California. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Building on a model from the U.K., a group in San Diego is helping to build a more conservation-minded, sustainable lifestyle.

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