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July 3, 2015 Comment

Conservationist Madison Stewart Stands Up For Sharks

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for Stewart, sharks are like family.

July 2, 2015 2 Comments

BP To Pay Gulf Coast States, Feds $18.7 Billion

The British oil and gas giant has agreed to the settlement to resolve legal claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

June 30, 2015 Comment

In California Drought, Grape Growers Face A Trade-Off

The drought could affect production of low-cost bottles, but if can you shell out for the more expensive stuff, you might be in for a treat.

June 30, 2015 Comment

Washington State Battles Wildfires In Parched, Hot Conditions

The wildfire season is off to an early and fierce start. Hundreds of firefighters have been called in from around the state.

June 29, 2015 8 Comments

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

In Fort Collins, Colorado, customers can now see their energy use in 15-minute increments, instead of just once per month.

June 25, 2015 11 Comments

Wild Animal Selfies Lead To Injuries, Charges

The trend of taking exciting selfies and videos has resulted in injured animals and animal harassment charges for the humans involved.

June 25, 2015 5 Comments

Texas Wind Power Subsidies In Jeopardy

The state currently leads the U.S. in the production of wind power, but there’s a movement to repeal state subsidies for wind power.

June 23, 2015 4 Comments

In Drought-Stricken California, Golden Is The New Brown

Rory Odelia Sher, 9, says if we think of brown as golden, Californians can come up with answers to the drought.

June 23, 2015 2 Comments

California Farmers React To State-Imposed Water Cuts

Farmers with some of the most senior water rights in California have had their water use cut for the first time in decades.

June 19, 2015 3 Comments

Chimpanzees Endangered, No Longer Eligible For Most Research

Chimps are the closely related to humans and have been the preferred animal for biomedical testing.

June 19, 2015 2 Comments

Obama Proposes New Rules To Cut Truck Emissions

The new standards are aimed at improving fuel efficiency and lowering emissions for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

June 18, 2015 4 Comments

Boeing’s Mission To Make Planes More Environmentally Friendly

The world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jet planes, is working to reduce the carbon footprint of its aircraft.

June 17, 2015 6 Comments

Alaskan Wildfire Hits The Heart Of Mushing Country

More than 500 sled dogs have been evacuated from Willow, Alaska – the traditional starting place for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

June 17, 2015 Comment

Oklahoma Rain A Mixed Blessing For Drought-Stricken Ranchers

It ended years of drought and will help foster hay growth, but floods also washed away infrastructure and dispersed herds.

June 17, 2015 Comment

The Upside To Weeks Of Rain In Texas: Finally Emerging From Drought

Wichita Falls has finally lifted emergency water restrictions that were in place for four years, during its worst drought on record.

June 17, 2015 Comment

Salmon-Killing Parasite Is Thriving In California Drought

Scientists are predicting a die-off of young Chinook salmon in the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

June 16, 2015 Comment

What Stronger Storms Could Mean For The North Carolina Coast

Scientists predict stronger and more frequent storms along the Eastern seaboard. WUNC’s Dave DeWitt considers what this would mean.

June 16, 2015 Comment

Scientists Use Pasta Machines To Help Native Grasses

It’s no coincidence that the nutrient-rich seed “pillows” ecologists are making to nurture native seeds look like brown ravioli.

June 16, 2015 Comment

Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall In Texas

Tropical Storm Bill is expected to add to the problems Texas has already experienced this spring due to torrential rains and flooding.

June 11, 2015 Comment

Could Weaning The U.S. Off Coal Jeopardize The Grid?

Many people who deal in the energy sector – grid operators, lawmakers and especially the coal industry – are pushing the idea.

Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

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

July 2 8 Comments

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.

July 2 2 Comments

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.

July 1 5 Comments

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn't like having one.

July 1 3 Comments

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.