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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A rendering of a potential Amp bus station in Nashville, Tenn. (Nashville Amp/Facebook)

After Tennessee’s senate banned the project, we look at how the Koch brothers got involved in the movement against the Amp.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This April 13, 2014 view shows Hoover Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam ,finished in 1936, impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Lake Mead, which provides water to Nevada, Arizona and other desert states, is at an alarmingly low level.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)

After an avalanche killed 13 Sherpa mountain guides on Friday, there are calls for more pay and insurance.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide. (Daniel Berman/KUOW)

One month after the devastating landslide in Oso, Washington, residents are trying to resume everyday living.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Southern Californians crowd in for a lesson on laundry-to-landscape gray water systems at the LA Eco-Village. (Molly Peterson/KPCC)

Shower and kitchen water could be recycled to help reduce water use, but homeowners face obstacles installing the necessary equipment.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A red-tailed hawk eats a mouse in Cambridge, Mass. (hbp_pix/Flickr)

The hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Bans on certain rat poisons are being challenged in court.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
A housing subdivision, a golf course and roads are named after the antelope that have been squeezed out by development. (Laurel Morales/Fronteras Desk)

The number of pronghorn antelope is falling, especially in one of the fastest-growing areas in the Southwest: Prescott Valley, Arizona.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wild Oats, a popular organic food brand in the 1980s, will soon be on the shelves in the grocery section of your local Walmart. Wild Oats products are projected to sell for 25 percent less than other national organic brands, and will likely bring about a huge shift in organics supply chain. (Bill Lile/Flickr)

A new line of economy-priced organic products at Walmart could mean new competition for stores like Whole Foods.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa., April 23, 2010. (Ralph Wilson/AP)

Some residents who have leased their land for drilling are filing lawsuits, arguing they’re not being paid fairly.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. (Warner Bros./IMAX)

The tree-dwelling primates are one of our closest ancestors. We talk with the primatologist and screenwriter behind the IMAX film.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Algae can be processed into any liquid fuel product around, like kerosene and diesel. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

The military and energy companies have already experimented with algae-based biofuel. But it has yet to be brought to the masses.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An eight-week release of water from the Morelos Dam has filled parts of the Colorado River Delta that haven't seen water in nearly two decades, like this spot about 20 miles south of the dam. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Freedom Industries is pictured on the banks of the Elk River, January 10, 2014, in Charleston, West Virginia. West Virginia American Water determined MCHM chemical had 'overwhelmed' the plant's capacity to keep it out of the water from a spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston. An unknown amount of the hazardous chemical contaminated the public water system for potentially 300,000 people in West Virginia. (Tom Hindman/Getty Images)

Four months after a coal-washing chemical spilled into the river, many people in the Charleston area are still using bottled water.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Nate Lang, base biologist for the Lemoore Naval Station, traps, tags and releases hawks upto 100 miles away from the base. (Ezra David Romero/KVPR)

The ongoing drought in California is posing huge problems not only for farmers, but also for pilots at one of the largest Navy bases.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
A picture taken on January 19, 1994 in Los Angeles shows a bulldozer tearing down a section of the Santa Monica Freeway that collapsed during the massive Northridge earthquake. A huge earthquake this week in Chile and two minor quakes in California are raising concerns if California is prepared in the even of another major earthquake.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Two small quakes in California and a massive one in Chile are raising concerns about whether California is prepared.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
Environmental Restoration project manager Tim Sloan oversees the work cleaning up the American Brass superfund site in Headland, Ala., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. The site is one of 40 on the Superfund list that are ready for the final construction work needed to finish cleanup. (Dave Martin/AP)

A new report finds the movement of waste to treatment sites creates a whole new set of environmental problems.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency sent Here & Now this statement ahead of our story about Superfund sites.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
"Maybe that hillside is a danger to me," says Ben Van Dusen, looking towards the steep foothills of Mt. Index less than a 1/4 mile from his home. "I didn’t think it was but maybe it is." (Ashley Ahearn/KUOW)

The landslide in Oso, Washington, served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

For hundreds of years, residents of a small New England town have been hearing cracks and roars coming from the earth.

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April 23 3 Comments

Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

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Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

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What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 21 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.