How Smart Are Crows? Scary Smart.

March 12, 2015
Crow (lucina/Flickr)

An 8-year-old Seattle girl says she’s been receiving gifts from a group of crows she unintentionally befriended.

4 Years After Fukushima, How Is The Nuclear Industry Faring?

March 11, 2015
In this photo released Nov. 27, 2013, by International Atomic Energy Agency, a team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan. (Greg Webb/IAEA)

As Japan marks the anniversary of the nuclear disaster, we check in with a defender of nuclear energy about the state of the industry.

Little Snow In Northwest, And That’s OK – For Now

March 11, 2015
Scott Pattee, a water supply specialist with the National Resources Conservation Service, checks snow levels at Stevens Pass ski resort in Washington's Cascade Mountains. (Ashley Ahearn/KUOW)

In Oregon and Washington state, the snowpack is at a record low. But water managers say it’s not time to hit the panic button – yet.

How To Win The Iditarod, Alaska’s 1,000-Mile Sled Dog Race

March 9, 2015
Defending champion Dallas Seavey takes off Saturday, March 2, 2013, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, for the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race, which will take mushers and dog teams about a thousand miles across the Alaska wilderness, starts Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Willow, Alaska. (Mark Thiessen/AP)

Dallas Seavey became the youngest winner in 2012, the fastest winner in 2014 and his dad won in between. He shares his strategy.

Shhh, No ‘Climate Change’ In Florida

March 9, 2015
Jim Harper, formerly of the DEP, explores the waterways of Oleta River State Park by kayak in North Miami Beach, Florida, on Friday, February 27, 2015. "We were told not to use the term climate change," he says. (John Van Beekum/FCIR)

You won’t hear much about climate change from the Florida agency on the front lines of planning for it.

Drought-Stricken California Communities Consider Desalination

March 9, 2015
The Carlsbad desalination conveyance pipeline is a 10-mile, 54-inch water delivery pipeline that will travel eastward from the seawater desalination plant through Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos to the San Diego County Water Authority’s Second Aqueduct connection facility in San Marcos. (carlsbaddesal.com)

Proponents see the ocean as a “drought-proof water supply,” but desalination is expensive and critics say, harmful to marine life.

The Fight Against Illegal Logging On Behalf Of Butterflies

March 5, 2015
Monarch butterflies are pictured on December 10, 2008, at the Sierra del Chincua sancturay in Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)

The Monarch butterfly is an icon in Mexico, but the country hasn’t always done an exemplary job protecting the migratory insect.

Ringling Bros. Circus Says No More Elephants

March 5, 2015
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 3, 2015. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (Gary Bogdon/Feld Entertainment Inc. via AP)

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it will phase out elephants over the next three years.

Hikers Make History On Pacific Crest Trail

March 3, 2015
Justin Lichter (left) and Shawn Forry are pictured at the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Courtesy of Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter)

Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter’s four-and-a-half month trek is believed to be the first-ever winter traverse of the PCT.

Snow Blankets The South

February 26, 2015
Students Clint and Amanda Rasberry take a stroll on the snow-covered campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 20156. A winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Carolinas, creating treacherous roads and leaving thousands of people without power Thursday. (Allen G. Breed/AP)

The southern half of the United States has been slammed with another snow storm. We check in with the mayor of Raleigh, N.C.

Instead Of Snow Days, Time Off For Sandstorms, Volcanoes And More

February 25, 2015
Two young men walk through a dust and sand storm in the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 13, 2011. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

What do children in other countries get days off for? Kavitha Cardoza brings stories from Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Ecuador and India.

19 Manatees Rescued From Storm Drain In Florida

February 24, 2015

With colder temperatures than usual, the endangered mammals were probably seeking warmer waters in the drainpipe.

How Small Ski Hills Survive In The Adirondacks

February 24, 2015
Jeremy Davis, author of Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks enjoying the slopes at the town ski area in Newcomb, N.Y. (David Sommerstein, NCPR)

The Northeast used to be dotted with small mom and pop ski hills. Most of them have disappeared, but some are still hanging on.

The Polar Vortex Is Back

February 20, 2015
A commuter braves cold temperatures on 42nd Street in New York on February 20, 2015. The temperature in Central Park Friday morning was 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-16.6C). The previous record for this date was 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-13.8C), set in 1950. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Winds from Russia have traveled across the North Pole to the U.S. Meteorologists call it the Siberian Express.

At Florida Zoo, Heaters Provide Creature Comfort

February 20, 2015
Monkeys at the Naples Zoo huddle near the heater in their hut. Normally they would be swinging and playing. (Courtney Jolly)

The Naples Zoo is using heaters and heat lamps to keep the cheetahs, wallabies, hyenas and the anteater comfortable.

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