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December 18, 2014 Comment

Are Artificial Christmas Trees Really More Environmentally Sound?

One reason people purchase artificial trees is because they believe they’re more environmentally sound. But is that true?

December 16, 2014 Comment

The Future Of Rooftop Solar In The Nation’s Capital

A proposed merger between the city’s electric utility and a national energy giant is raising concern among rooftop solar advocates.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Biggest Storm In Years Hits California

The storm has moved down the coast from the San Francisco area and is now hitting Los Angeles.

December 11, 2014 Comment

'Water Stories': A Conversation In Paint And Sound

Anne Neely’s paintings explore the beauty of water, but also raise a cautionary flag about issues that threaten the world’s water.

December 10, 2014 Comment

Another California Storm Is Brewing And The Skiing May Be Just Fine

A storm system is heading to California and that’s welcome news to the area’s ski resorts.

December 10, 2014 Comment

Beyond The Pump: What Falling Oil Prices Mean For U.S. Producers

The plunging prices are good news for drivers, but beyond low gas prices, we look at what it means for U.S. oil producers and the economy.

December 10, 2014 Comment

The World’s Loneliest Crocodile

Cletus is the only American crocodile seen in the Dry Tortugas since the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513.

December 10, 2014 Comment

Diplomats Close In On New Climate Deal

A potentially historic deal is reportedly in the works that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its emissions.

December 8, 2014 Comment

With The Cost Of Beef Up, Pasture Prices Rise, Too

Grant Gerlock from Harvest Public Media brings us a story about how fewer cattle means a higher price on pastures.

December 5, 2014 Comment

Philippines Prepares As Super Typhoon Hagupit Closes In

The super typhoon is expected to make landfall this weekend, a little over a year after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban.

December 3, 2014 25 Comments

Is The Streetcar Craze A Waste of Public Dollars?

After speaking with a proponent of the streetcar revival in Tucson, we speak with an urban planner in Chicago who’s a critic.

December 3, 2014 Comment

Parched California Communities Offer ‘Cash For Grass’

The Santa Clara Valley Water District pays homeowners $2 per square foot to tear out their lawn and plant something less thirsty.

December 3, 2014 Comment

Heavy Rains Continue In California; Fear Of Floods, Mudslides

There were record amounts of rain in some parts of the state yesterday, prompting evacuations in some mudslide-prone areas.

December 2, 2014 Comment

UN Climate Talks To Lay Groundwork For International Treaty

Nearly 200 delegates at the conference in Peru aim to hammer out a new climate treaty to be adopted in Paris at the end of 2015.

December 2, 2014 5 Comments

Conservationists Battle To Save The Vaquita, A Rare Porpoise

Time is running out to save the world’s smallest and most critically-endangered marine mammal. It’s estimated there are only 100 left.

December 1, 2014 Comment

Drought In California Takes A Toll On Wildlife

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

December 1, 2014 Comment

Parts Of California Getting First Significant Rain In Months

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

December 1, 2014 Comment

Oil Prices Plunge; Russia’s Ruble Hits Record Low

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

November 28, 2014 2 Comments

A Trek To A Farm Where Christmas Trees Are Born

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

November 24, 2014 4 Comments

Flooding From Snow Melt Expected In Buffalo

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.

Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.