Environment

Drought In California Takes A Toll On Wildlife

December 1, 2014
The giant garter snake is listed as a threatened species at the state and federal levels. It depends on water both to find meals and avoid becoming one. (Eric C. Hansen/CA Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Three brutally dry years have already created millions of victims: the animals that depend on meadows, streams and wetlands for survival.

Parts Of California Getting First Significant Rain In Months

December 1, 2014
The rain is welcome in Los Angeles, though there are concerns about flooding and mudslides. (James Shanklin/Twitter)

For the first time in months, there is rain — significant rain — in the forecast for much of drought-stricken California.

Oil Prices Plunge; Russia’s Ruble Hits Record Low

December 1, 2014
Pedestrians walk under a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow on December 1, 2014. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s ruble has hit an all-time low, as oil prices dropped below $70 per barrel for the first time since 2010.

A Trek To A Farm Where Christmas Trees Are Born

November 28, 2014
Michael Smolack grows Christmas trees on his farm in North Andover, Mass. The season makes up 15 percent of the farm's yearly revenue. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

Farmer Michael Smolack in Andover, Mass., says what kind of tree you pick likely depends on where you live.

Flooding From Snow Melt Expected In Buffalo

November 24, 2014
A boy stands on a snowbank in the south Buffalo area on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Mike Groll/AP)

Temperatures are climbing to nearly 60 degrees in Buffalo today, where nearly 7 feet of snow fell in some parts of the city last week.

Rain Expected After Massive Snowfall In Buffalo

November 21, 2014
Sydney, a six year old golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. (John Normile/Getty Images)

It has stopped snowing in the Buffalo area, but the rain in the forecast is leading to worries about possible floods and more roof collapses.

Booming Economy Means Busy Highways In Sleepy Towns

November 21, 2014
Nell Bride, owner of the Bill Store, is fighting to get the speed limit reduced in town. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

The oil and gas boom has not only brought jobs and prosperity to states like Wyoming, but also a dangerous spike in traffic and accidents.

With Several Dead, Buffalo Struggles With Massive Snowfall

November 20, 2014
Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record-setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. (John Normile/Getty Images)

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area today, on top of the 5 feet already on the ground in some areas.

West Virginia's Rivers May Be Wild, But Fewer People Know About Them

November 19, 2014
West Virginia's white water rafting industry is heavily dependent on out-of-state tourism, but the state is spending far less on advertising than its neighbors. (ben loehrke/Flickr)

The river rafting industry is pleading with the state to spend more on advertising, but finding the money will be difficult.

Buffalo Grapples With Record Snowfall

November 19, 2014
Snow covers a street at daybreak Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. (Carolyn Thompson/AP)

With up to six feet of snow on the ground and more on the way, we check in with WBFO news director Brian Meyer in Buffalo, N.Y.

New York Dealing With Massive Snow; Storm Looming

November 19, 2014
A driver climbs a snowbank to get to a gas station in Lancaster, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes.

Record-Breaking Cold Sweeps The U.S.

November 18, 2014
A commuter walks along Market Street in freezing temperatures Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says parts of northwestern Pennsylvania are bracing for nearly 2 feet of snow as arctic air continues to produce lake-effect conditions. A lake-effect snow warning remains in effect for northwest Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and parts of western New York through 7 a.m. Wednesday. (Matt Rourke/AP)

We check in on the weather by talking to the owners of a chocolate shop in Indiana, a farm in Florida and a snowplow company New York.

Passing The Keystone XL: Is it A Solution, Or Symbolic?

November 18, 2014
Miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Cushing, Okla. in 2012. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

As the Senate is set to vote on the pipeline, NPR’s Jeff Brady discusses the potential impacts on jobs, energy prices and the environment.

Atlantic Fishermen Grapple With Cod Restrictions

November 12, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new rules, expected to stay in place until May, will devastate them economically and force some out of business.

Storm Sentinels Help Predict The When And Where Of Hurricanes

November 12, 2014
Robin Ellis and Zachary Hasdorff with Texas A&M Corpus Christi oversee the installation of the Sentinel in the Freeport Ship Channel. (Florian Martin/Houston Public Media)

Texas is putting up coastal monitoring stations that are built not just to measure the storm, but weather it too.

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