Environment

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

September 29, 2014
Monarch butterflies pictured in Nebraska. (Jill Heemstra/Flickr)

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

Volcano Eruption Kills More Than Two Dozen In Japan

September 29, 2014
A military helicopter leaves a temporary landing site for a resque mission on Mount Ontake in Otaki, Nagano prefecture on September 29, 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

A volcano about 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted without warning on Saturday. Rescue crews are hampered by toxic gases.

US Government To Pay Navajo Nation Record Settlement

September 25, 2014
The Navajo Nation has reached a historic settlement with the U.S. government over claims that the government mismanaged funds and natural resources on trust lands for decades. Pictured is Monument Valley in Utah, which sits on Navajo tribal land. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

The agreement settles litigation alleging the government mismanaged funds and natural resources for decades on trust lands.

Seattle To Fine Residents For Trashing Food Waste

September 25, 2014
A new measure in Seattle would fine residents who dispose of food waste rather than composting. (Kirsty Hall/Flickr)

A new measure in Seattle will fine residents if more than 10 percent of their garbage is food waste in an attempt to curb waste going to landfills.

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

September 23, 2014
Lawyer Steven Donziger, left, walks with his clients who are members of Ecuador's indigenous Cofan tribe to Federal Court in New York for their hearing with lawyers for Texaco Monday, Feb. 1, 1999. The Ecuadorian rainforest was polluted by Texaco oil drilling. (Adam Nadel/AP)

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During Hike

September 23, 2014
A Rutgers student was killed by a black bear while on a hike in New Jersey over the weekend. (anaxolotl/Flickr)

Here & Now’s animal expert on what to do when you encounter a bear and the frequency of bear attacks.

Microsoft’s Strategy To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

September 23, 2014
The Visitor's Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft was one of the first companies to implement an internal carbon fee to reduce emissions. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Microsoft’s chief environmental strategists says employees are finding new ways to improve the company’s energy efficiency. The company was the first to adopt an internal carbon fee.

UN Climate Summit Pep Rally For Future Negotiations

September 23, 2014
The United Nations opens the UN Climate Summit 2014 September 23, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The real purpose of the summit today is to mobilize political will for a global treaty at climate negotiations in Paris next year.

Future Of Federal Environmental Program In Doubt

September 22, 2014
Hank, one of two red wolves, managed by the Red Wolf Coalition. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)

Complaints from landowners has the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinking about ending a program that reintroduces red wolves into the wild.

World Bank Launches Carbon Pricing Coalition

September 22, 2014
An Indian labourer breaks coal at a brick factory on the outskirts of Allahabad on June 4, 2010. The World Bank today announced it is launching an coalition of nations and industries to price carbon. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

World Bank Group Vice President Rachel Kyte says the economy needs to be fundamentally reoriented by putting a price on carbon and investing the money into a clean economy.

Climate Change Activists To Converge On New York

September 19, 2014
People scream outside the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to demand immediate political action on Climate debate on September 27, 2013 in Stockholm. A broad coalition of climate activists will converge on New York City this weekend ahead of the United Nations' Climate Change Summit to demand action on climate change. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Climate change activists will march on New York this weekend ahead of the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit.

Aftermath Of A Wildfire, A Rancher’s Story Of Survival

September 17, 2014
Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, Washington, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. He estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.(Anna King/Northwest News Network)

One rancher describes surviving the largest wildfire in Washington’s history.

Remnants Of Hurricane Odile Expected To Drench Southwest

September 17, 2014
Gayle Peterson stacks sandbags to protect her home, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. as residents brace for rains from the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (Matt York/AP)

Residents of the Southwest brace for heavy rains, the second major storm in three weeks, as the remnants of Hurricane Odile move into the area.

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

September 17, 2014
The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen)

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

White House To Phase Out Coolant Linked With Climate Change

September 16, 2014

The White House will announce measures to phase out R-134a, a popular chemical coolant used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

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