Environment

LA Gas Leak Likely Won’t Be Fixed For A Month Or More

January 8, 2016
The boundary of Southern California Gas Company property, where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located, is seen as people continue to be affected by a massive natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, on December 22, 2015. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of people are moving out of the neighborhood – at least temporarily – because of a well leaking natural gas for months.

Building A Better Honeybee

January 7, 2016
Terry Shanor, a beekeeper from Butler County in western Pennsylvania. A co-op of beekeepers in the region are trying to breed tougher honeybees that can survive cold winters and fight back against parasitic mites. (Lou Blouin)

It’s become a very tricky business to keep bees alive. And not because of colony collapse disorder.

Heavy El Niño Rains In LA Prompt Outreach, Concern For Homeless

January 7, 2016
A homeless encampment is left abandoned along the Arroyo Seco north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Los Angeles authorities say police are patrolling riverbeds to compel homeless people to leave low-lying areas as a major storm gains strength and rain gets heavier. Steady and sometimes heavy rain in Southern California is shaking loose rocks and causing flooding on some roadways as an El Nino-powered storm moves through the region. (Christopher Weber/AP)

In a city that’s known for its warm, dry weather, the persistent, heavy rain – and the cold – are causing concern for homeless people.

Michigan Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Flint Over Water Crisis

January 6, 2016
The Holloway Dam, pictured here, creates the Holloway Reservoir which was constructed to provide water to the city of Flint, Mich., by way of the Flint River. The city switched drinking water supply from Detroit back to the Flint River in 2014. Since then, many residents have complained of high lead levels in the water. (Tony Faiola/Flickr)

The move comes months after tests first showed residents – including children – experienced a spike in lead levels in their blood.

Rising Mississippi River Threatens Southern States

January 4, 2016
Arnold Park remains flooded on January 2 in Arnold, Missouri. After the record crest of the Meremac River after days of rainfall, the community looks to start the cleanup efforts and relief for victims of area flooding. Now, the Mississippi River is predicted to surge. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Water levels in states including Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana are predicted to surge to flood level.

Rare Sighting Of A Giant Squid In Japan

January 1, 2016
Last week, an apparently healthy 12-foot giant squid surfaced in a marina in Japan and swam with divers, who videotaped the squid before leading it out to sea. (Screengrab/CNN YouTube)

We speak with “the world’s foremost authority on giant squid” about the 12-foot-long squid spotted in a Japanese harbor last week.

Wild Bees Declining In Major Agricultural Areas

December 22, 2015
A new study from the University of Vermont shows which regions are most affected in a recent national wild bee population decline. (Courtesy of Leif Richardson, UVM)

A new study from the University of Vermont shows the regions most affected across the country.

Where Will There Be A White Christmas?

December 22, 2015
Timmy McGovern (dressed as Santa Claus) walks along the beach passing out candy canes and posing for pictures with beach goers on December 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Santa Claus has been visiting the beach just before Christmas for over 30 years. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Warm temperatures across the east coast have us wondering: will anyone in the U.S. have snow for the holidays?

The Next Big Thing In Oil Drilling

December 21, 2015
In Alberta, Canada a Novas drilling rig using the plasma pulse device. (Courtesy Novas Energy/Houston Public Media)

Just a few years ago, fracking was revolutionizing many energy businesses. Today, that business has plummeted along with the drop in the price of oil.

U.S. Adds African Lions To Endangered Species List

December 21, 2015
Wild lions are pictured before mating at Amboseli national park in Kenya. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

After the recent outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion, the Obama administration has given more robust protections to the species.

Super-Efficient Townhouses A Model For Saving Energy

December 18, 2015
This complex of ten highly efficient townhouses in Issaquah, Washington was designed to be the first net-zero-energy townhome complex in the country. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

These highly efficient homes in Issaquah, Washington are generating more electricity than they use, which saves money for homeowners.

Beijing Issues Second-Ever Red Alert For Pollution

December 18, 2015
People cross a road on a polluted day in Beijing on December 14. Authorities issued the second red alert for smog this month today. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

A wave of smog is due to settle over the Chinese city over the weekend, prompting a second Red Alert this month.

Chinese Poachers Destroying Coral Reefs

December 17, 2015
This picture taken on May 6, 2013, shows fishing vessels setting sail for the Spratly Islands, an archipelago disputed between China and other countries including Vietnam and the Philippines, from Danzhou, south China's Hainan province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fisherman from China are devastating coral reefs in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, in their search for valuable clams.

Obama Runs Wild With Outdoorsman Bear Grylls

December 17, 2015
President Obama will appear on the NBC reality show "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" tonight. (NBC via Twitter @NBCRunningWild)

The episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” was filmed back in September and follows the president on a tour of Alaska’s Exit Glacier.

Country’s Largest Ocean Desalination Plant Opens In San Diego County

December 15, 2015
Pipes at the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, Dec. 14, 2015. (Erik Anderson/KPBS)

The $1 billion Carlsbad Desalination Plant opened yesterday and produces drinking water for the citizens of San Diego County.

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