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July 29, 2014 63 Comments

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

The host of the ’90s children’s TV show has been drawing criticism from those who believe he’s alarmist or bullying on climate change.

July 29, 2014 10 Comments

Tiny House, Big Problems

The town health department and zoning officials said Rolf and Mari von Walthousen’s home is too small and deemed it uninhabitable.

July 28, 2014 Comment

Rare Lightning Strike Kills Man On California Beach

A 20-year-old man died and nine others were taken to hospitals, after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted Venice Beach.

July 23, 2014 Comment

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency

Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control.

July 21, 2014 Comment

More Than 20 Major Wildfires Burning In Oregon And Washington

Nearly a million acres are burning across the two states, and thousands of firefighters are working to contain them.

July 17, 2014 Comment

Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing

With air quality in Beijing consistently in the “very unhealthy” zone, companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post.

July 17, 2014 Comment

Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam

After two months of drilling, China has moved an oil rig in waters claimed both by it and Vietnam, but China has has vowed to return.

July 16, 2014 5 Comments

Komodo Dragons On Display At Nashville Zoo

The zoo’s Dale McGinnity, who researches the endangered Komodo dragons, talks about the world’s largest living lizards.

July 16, 2014 3 Comments

Drought-Stricken California Fights Water Waste With Fines

Residents and businesses will face fines of up to $500 a day for wasting water on things such as landscaping, car washing and pools.

July 16, 2014 38 Comments

Florida Scientists Press Governor On Climate Change

We talk to oceanography professor Jeff Chanton, who’s part of the group of professors pushing to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

July 15, 2014 9 Comments

Denton Could Become First City In Texas To Ban Fracking

Lauren Silverman of KERA in Dallas says regardless of how the city council vote turns out, the issue is headed to court.

July 14, 2014 4 Comments

Paying A Visit To The University Of Illinois’ Unusual Campus Landmark

Harvard has its yard. The University of Illinois has the oldest experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere.

July 11, 2014 74 Comments

GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test

Researchers hope to fight vitamin A deficiency in Uganda with genetically engineered bananas, as long as tests in Iowa go well.

July 10, 2014 2 Comments

Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety

An EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF Railway deals with whistleblowers.

July 9, 2014 13 Comments

Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought

City manager Darron Leiker explains the aggressive measures the city is taking in order to cope with its worst drought on record.

July 9, 2014 Comment

‘Multimillions’ Of Anchovies Spotted Off California Coast

It looks like an oil spill, but it’s actually a school of anchovies – the largest such school in 30 years, according to scientists.

July 8, 2014 Comment

Typhoon Lashes Okinawa, Heads North

Typhoon Neoguri thundered over Okinawa today, with wind gusts over 100 miles per hour and 40-foot waves.

July 4, 2014 11 Comments

The Great White Shark Makes A Comeback

After years of decline, two recent studies published by the Public Library of Science found that great white shark populations are growing on both U.S. coasts.

July 4, 2014 Comment

Critter Cams Viewers Becoming Citizen Scientists

Animal enthusiasts monitoring “critter cams” from the comfort of their couch are helping scientists catalog never-before-seen animal behavior.

July 3, 2014 Comment

Outer Bands Of Hurricane Arthur Start Reaching Parts Of North Carolina

Arthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on July 4th.

Robin and Jeremy

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

July 28 5 Comments

Rob Reiner Reflects On Making Movies From ‘And So It Goes’ To ‘Princess Bride’

The actor and director has been making people laugh for decades.

July 28 4 Comments

New HBO Documentary ‘Love Child’ Looks At Gaming Addiction

"Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

July 25 Comment

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

NPR's Jason Beaubien just returned from Sierra Leone, which along with Guinea and Liberia is suffering from the worst ever Ebola outbreak.

July 25 Comment

ER Physician Documents ‘Lost Underground’ Of WWI

Soldiers carved artwork into the walls of vast quarry systems beneath the trenches that defined the war.