Environment

India’s Gov’t May Be Fighting Environmentalists

May 11, 2015
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, a Greenpeace activist jumps to catch a thread tied to balloons during a protest against the imprisonment of the group's activists and freelance journalists in New Delhi, India. India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

According to some, India’s prime minister may be trying to shut out foreign charities and campaign groups.

California ‘Water School’ Washes Away Fines

May 11, 2015
Glen Peterson, left, looks on as Dan Denning, right, a water conservationist for San Diego County Water Authority checks sprinkler flow on his lawn as part of the county's "Watersmart Checkup" Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Carlsbad, Calif. The county offers free advice to residents on ways to conserve water in and around their homes. California state regulators Tuesday ordered communities to slash water use anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, with the goal of cutting overall consumption by one-quarter. And since nearly half of residential water in California goes to lawns, turning off sprinklers might be one of the first orders of business. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In Santa Cruz, residents can attend a one-night course on water conservation that allows them to then waive overuse penalties.

Tornadoes Rip Through Texas, Arkansas

May 11, 2015
A tornado cuts through parts of Delmont, S.D., Sunday, May 10, 2015. South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Kristi Turman said about 20 buildings were damaged and the town has no water, power or phones. (Doug Gunnare via AP)

Tornadoes in Texas and Arknasas have left four dead and 8 people missing since last night.

Goodbye Green Lawns: Californians Face Mandatory Cuts In Water Use

May 6, 2015
Sprinklers water freshly-planted grass on the grounds of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, on May 15, 2012. (Scott L/Flickr)

For areas that have not yet made much progress conserving water, the rules will hit hard, with residential cuts up to 36 percent.

Testing The Range On The West Coast Electric Highway

May 5, 2015
A stretch of coastline accessible via the West Coast Electric Highway, in Curry County, Oregon. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Washington state and Oregon have completed a rapid recharging network to enable long distance electric-powered travel.

Methane Leaks At Gas Wells Contribute To Climate Change

May 5, 2015
A worker stands by a natural gas well in Susquehanna County, Pa. (Susan Phillips/StateImpact Pennsylvania)

We go out in the field with Carnegie Mellon researchers trying to measure the climate trade-off between coal and natural gas.

As U.S. Takes Reins Of Arctic Council, Climate Change Will Top Agenda

May 4, 2015
On July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieved a canister dropped by parachute from a C-130, which brought supplies for some mid-mission fixes. (Kathryn Hansen/NASA/Flickr Creative Commons)

Founded in 1996, the intergovernmental body promotes cooperation in the region and advises governments on issues related to the Arctic.

Rhinos And Other Large Herbivores At Risk Of Extinction

May 4, 2015
A rhino crosses a dirt road in South Africa. (colinthescot/Flickr)

A new study in the journal Science Advances finds that 60 percent of the world’s large wild herbivores are threatened by extinction.

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

April 29, 2015
Aerial view of the caldera of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. (Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Commons)

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

David Breashears Describes Devastation At Everest Base Camp

April 28, 2015
This photo provided by Azim Afif, shows the scene at Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Tuesday, April, 28, 2015. On Saturday, a large avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing a number of people and left others unaccounted for. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)

The filmmaker and mountaineer survived the deadly avalanche caused by the weekend’s earthquake in Nepal.

At Long Last, It’s The Peepers Big Night

April 28, 2015
While they can't stop traffic, Bret Thelen's crossing brigade does what it can to slow drivers down. (Sam Evans-Brown/NHPR)

Before frogs can start singing in the spring, a massive migration of millions of amphibians has to take place first.

‘Tension Rising’ In Nepal, Says Aid Worker

April 27, 2015
A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving over 2 thousand dead and many more trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

An aid worker with Save the Children estimates that 1 million Nepalese children are in need of help following Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

Storm Capsizes Boats During Regatta In Alabama

April 27, 2015
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flies over natural gas rigs in the waters of Mobile Bay off Dauphin Island, Ala., Sunday, April 26, 2015. Coast Guard crews are searching for five people missing in the water after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

Authorities continue to search for four people still missing after a storm swept through a sailboat regatta in Alabama Saturday.

Death Toll After Earthquake Passes 4,000 As Aid Arrives

April 27, 2015
Nepalese villagers watch as relief material is brought in an Indian air force helicopter for victims of Saturday’'s earthquake at Trishuli Bazar in Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

The death toll in Nepal continues to climb two days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated much of the country.

Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

April 24, 2015
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. The well produces about 55-70 barrels of oil per day. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America’s oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

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