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August 28, 2015 Comment

Californians Cut Water Use By 31 Percent Last Month

New data shows that residents have surpassed the mandatory water restrictions for the second month in a row.

August 27, 2015 Comment

Baby Panda Dies At The National Zoo

Only few days after its birth, the smaller of the two newborn panda cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has died.

August 27, 2015 6 Comments

10 Years After Katrina, Is New Orleans Better Protected?

Louisiana’s plan for flood protection could help save the city, but a historian wonders whether political will exists to put it in place.

August 26, 2015 2 Comments

Mount Everest Reopened To Climbers

Seven-time Mount Everest summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever.

August 26, 2015 Comment

With Crews Stretched Thin, Washington Calls On Civilians To Fight Fire

Some residents have donated their bulldozers to the cause and those who are qualified are volunteering to fight the fires on the front line.

August 26, 2015 4 Comments

Cincinnati Rhino Being Sent To Indonesia

A rare rhino bred and raised in the Cincinnati Zoo is being sent to a rhino sanctuary in Indonesia, where it’s hoped he will mate.

August 25, 2015 5 Comments

At 99, National Park Service Still Facing Challenges

We revisit our conversation with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about how the park service can continue to bring in visitors.

August 25, 2015 16 Comments

Demand For Electricity Surges In North Dakota Oilfield

With new government restrictions on carbon emissions, utilities are trying to keep up with demand without new coal generation.

August 24, 2015 2 Comments

Scientists Look To Mushrooms For Honeybee Health

A mushroom scientist and bee expert believe a special fungus mixture could kill the mites threatening honeybee populations.

August 24, 2015 4 Comments

10 Years After Katrina, Trauma, Invisible Scars Remain

Thousands of residents, especially children, were traumatized by the storm and the displacement and struggle that followed.

August 24, 2015 5 Comments

Wildfire Smoke Choking Western Cities

Some air quality experts are saying Eastern Washington hasn’t been this hazy and unhealthy since Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980.

August 21, 2015 Comment

As Nation Remembers Katrina, Mississippi Gulf Feels Forgotten

New Orleans felt the eye of the hurricane, but Katrina also left 238 people dead in Mississippi, and destroyed 230,000 homes there.

August 20, 2015 Comment

Toxic Algae Bloom Stretches From California To Alaska

It’s poisoning marine life from shellfish to sardines to sea lions, and scientists say it’s one of the worst they’ve seen.

August 19, 2015 2 Comments

Wildfire Destroys Huge Warehouse For Apples

Just as Washington state’s apple harvest is about to start, one of the world’s largest apple marketing and packing co-ops has burned up.

August 18, 2015 4 Comments

World’s Oldest Known Flower Is 130 Million Years Old

The fossilized specimens of an ancient aquatic plant called Montsechia vidalii were discovered in the Pyrenees in Spain.

August 18, 2015 Comment

After Western Wildfires, Residents Return To Rubble

Around 30 wildfires are burning in Oregon and Washington, which means suppression resources are stretched thin across the region.

August 18, 2015 2 Comments

A Big Week In Energy For The Obama Administration

The Obama administration is granting victories to both environmentalists and oil and gas companies this week.

August 17, 2015 Comment

Mosquitoes Now A Year-Round Problem In Southern California

Is there a connection between climate change and increasing mosquito populations? A public radio project is trying to find out.

August 14, 2015 5 Comments

‘Bert The Tree’ Headed For The Chipper

The tree has become the focus of a debate over plans to build a new engineering building at the University of Florida.

August 13, 2015 Comment

Mine Spill Price Tag Rises, Raises New Concern About Colorado’s Abandoned Mines

Among those currently feeling the punch are rafting companies and Navajo farmers.

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August 28 Comment

DJ Session: The Music Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

Nick Spitzer talks about the music that has resonated in the city since the storm, and how the music scene has changed.

August 26 13 Comments

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

August 25 Comment

Recipes To Celebrate National Sandwich Month

From an end-of-summer tomato tartine to an Italian grilled vegetable sandwich, our resident chef shares her favorites.

August 25 3 Comments

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.