Environment

Outer Bands Of Hurricane Arthur Start Reaching Parts Of North Carolina

July 3, 2014
This illustration shows the National Hurricane Center’s forecast for Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014. (National Hurricane Center)

Arthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on July 4th.

Red Spruce Makes A Comeback

July 2, 2014
Josh Halman surveys red spruce for signs of "winter injury" or dead needles and buds caused by cold temperatures hitting needles weakened by acid rain. (Sam Evans-Brown/NHPR)

A tree that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever. And its not the only one.

Report: Caribbean Coral Reefs May Disappear In 20 Years

July 2, 2014
Figure 2 from the new report: Phase shift from dominance by corals to dominance by macroalgae on the shallow fore-reefs in the northern Florida Keys and north coast of Jamaica. (A) Discovery Bay, Jamaica in 1975 and (C) the same location in 2013. (B) Carysfort Reef within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1975 and (D) in 2004. (A, B, D by Phillip Dustan, and C by Robert Steneck)

The lead author writes, “Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow, these reefs would continue their decline.”

Could Limiting Evaporation Help With Drought?

June 30, 2014
Water levels have dropped at Lake Travis because the drought, May 16, 2011. (Lower Colorado River Authority)

Matt Largey of KUT explains two different approaches for limiting evaporation: a film of vegetable oil and pumping water underground.

New Report Calls For Major Investment In U.S. Infrastructure

June 27, 2014
A new report from the infrastructure industry details six policy recommendations to improve American infrastructure. (Alan Stark/Flickr)

A report released today calls for a whole new vision for maintaining and expanding U.S. infrastructure.

Money Men Tally Cost Of Climate Change

June 24, 2014
Henry Cisernos is a member of the risk committee that produced a report called "Risky Business" on the cost of climate change. (Wikimedia Commons)

Henry Cisneros, a member of the risk committee that created the “Risky Business” report, discusses the findings and objectives.

Expert Who First Spotted Lyme In Ticks Calls ‘Chronic’ Lyme Overdiagnosed

June 24, 2014
Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks like this one. (Getty Creative Images)

Since discovering Lyme disease, Dr. Allen Steere has been on what he’s called a “long journey” to research it.

Oklahoma Experiencing Dramatic Increase In Earthquakes

June 24, 2014
Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., Nov, 6, 2011, following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Just five years ago, Oklahoma was averaging only two earthquakes a year of magnitude 3.0 or greater. Now, it’s averaging one or two a day.

Supreme Court Decisions On Halliburton, EPA Authority

June 23, 2014

Emily Bazelon discusses today’s rulings on Halliburton and the EPA’s power to force companies to reduce emissions.

Unlocking The Secret Of The Fire Ant's Survival Raft

June 20, 2014
Fire ants form a "raft" that floats and is watertight, even as researchers agitate the cluster. (AntlabGT/YouTube)

Fire ants, when threatened, perform amazing feats of acrobatics to save their communities, according to researchers from Georgia Tech.

Growers Give Seeds To Libraries

June 20, 2014
One of the goals of the seed lending library movement is to preserve antique fruit, vegetables and flowers, otherwise known as heirlooms. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

In an effort to preserve the plants they grow, farmers are depositing their seeds in libraries like this one in Concord, Massachusetts.

Minneapolis Hospital Operating Normally After Mudslide

June 20, 2014
News footage of the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN after a mudslide took out a river bluff next to the building. (Youtube screengrab)

Authorities say no one was injured when a mudslide brought down a nearby river bluff, but the street where the debris fell remains closed.

Sink Disposal Vs. Garbage Can: What To Do With Non-Composted Food Waste?

June 19, 2014
Garbage disposal (InSinkErator)

For those who don’t have the ability or desire to compost, what’s next best? The answer is a complicated one.

As Starfish Die By The Millions, Scientists Scramble For Answers

June 18, 2014
One of the first signs of sea star wasting syndrome is stars begin to look deflated and droopy. (Katie Campbell/EarthFix)

A marine epidemiologist is calling it the largest documented marine epidemic in human history.

Obama Proposes Doubling Area Of Protected Ocean

June 17, 2014
Whale watching in Monterey Bay (John Krzesinski/Flickr)

The president today announced plans to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean.

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