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October 24, 2014 Comment

Coal Mining Threatens The Great Barrier Reef

The reef is an underwater wonderland, but it’s facing multiple threats. Among them: the coal industry on Australia’s coast.

October 23, 2014 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world’s oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 20, 2014 4 Comments

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Bermuda Resident Says She Is Not Fazed By Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo is expected to batter Bermuda with hurricane-force winds for eight hours. That doesn’t bother longtime Bermuda resident Juliette Jackson.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

October 17, 2014 3 Comments

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 15, 2014 2 Comments

Wisconsin Utilities Trying To Manage Solar Energy Industry

Utilities say individual energy producers cost them more than the energy they contribute back to the grid is worth.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Helping the Mountain Lions Cross the Road

Two of California’s busiest freeways run through mountain lions’ habitat. Officials and animal advocates are proposing an overpass to facilitate the animals’ passage.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Wells Have Run Dry In One Central California Community

The little farming town of East Porterville in the San Joaquin Valley has been particularly devastated by California’s ongoing drought.

October 2, 2014 3 Comments

Disappearing Sea Ice Forces Exodus Of Pacific Walrus

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

September 29, 2014 7 Comments

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

September 29, 2014 Comment

Volcano Eruption Kills More Than Two Dozen In Japan

A volcano about 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted without warning on Saturday. Rescue crews are hampered by toxic gases.

September 25, 2014 7 Comments

US Government To Pay Navajo Nation Record Settlement

The agreement settles litigation alleging the government mismanaged funds and natural resources for decades on trust lands.

September 25, 2014 5 Comments

Seattle To Fine Residents For Trashing Food Waste

A new measure in Seattle will fine residents if more than 10 percent of their garbage is food waste in an attempt to curb waste going to landfills.

September 23, 2014 6 Comments

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

September 23, 2014 7 Comments

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During Hike

Here & Now’s animal expert on what to do when you encounter a bear and the frequency of bear attacks.

September 23, 2014 3 Comments

Microsoft’s Strategy To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

Microsoft’s chief environmental strategists says employees are finding new ways to improve the company’s energy efficiency. The company was the first to adopt an internal carbon fee.

September 23, 2014 7 Comments

UN Climate Summit Pep Rally For Future Negotiations

The real purpose of the summit today is to mobilize political will for a global treaty at climate negotiations in Paris next year.

September 22, 2014 3 Comments

Future Of Federal Environmental Program In Doubt

Complaints from landowners has the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinking about ending a program that reintroduces red wolves into the wild.

September 22, 2014 2 Comments

World Bank Launches Carbon Pricing Coalition

World Bank Group Vice President Rachel Kyte says the economy needs to be fundamentally reoriented by putting a price on carbon and investing the money into a clean economy.

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October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 22 13 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22 4 Comments

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.