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August 25, 2014 2 Comments

Predicting When Turtles Will Hatch Could Help Outer Banks Economy

Park rangers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore hope electronic sensors will allow them to predict exactly when turtle eggs will hatch.

August 25, 2014 Comment

Earthquake Hits A Nerve In Napa

As wine makers and sellers sweep up broken glass and survey the damage, we check in with KQED’s Mina Kim.

August 21, 2014 Comment

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Plan For Coal Ash

Six months after a coal ash spill, state lawmakers have approved a plan to regulate the ashes left over from burning coal.

August 20, 2014 Comment

Bumper U.S. Corn Yield Could Top Records

Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures magazine says consumers can expect to see prices drop at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store.

August 20, 2014 Comment

Modern-Day Dust Bowl Isn’t Easy, But It Beats The 1930s

It’s been drier on the American prairie than it was during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but many farmers are surviving.

August 19, 2014 Comment

Conservationists Urge Action As African Elephants Reach Tipping Point

A study out this week says more African elephants are being killed each year than are being born.

August 18, 2014 Comment

Ospreys Have Fatal Attraction To Baling Twine, Fishing Line

Wildlife biologists in the northwestern U.S. are working with ranchers to keep the attractive nuisance out of the ospreys’ clutches.

August 15, 2014 8 Comments

Facing Backlash, SeaWorld Expands Killer Whale Habitats

SeaWorld has faced criticism over its treatment of captive killer whales since the release of the documentary, “Blackfish.”

August 12, 2014 Comment

Red Tide Approaches Florida

The massive algae bloom is the largest the state has seen in nearly 10 years. It’s 80 miles long and 50 miles wide.

August 8, 2014 Comment

Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall On Hawaii

The eye of the storm swept onto shore with winds of 60 mph at 2:30 a.m. local time. No deaths or major injuries were reported.

August 8, 2014 Comment

Perseids And Supermoon Both Visible This Weekend

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak starting on Sunday, the same night the supermoon is set to appear.

August 8, 2014 Comment

A Look At The Runoff Fueling Lake Erie’s Algae Bloom

Nitrogen, phosphorus and potash are a few of the substances making their way from farms into Lake Erie.

August 7, 2014 8 Comments

How Can Businesses Climate-Proof Themselves?

Businesses are not waiting for Congress to take action — they’re doing everything they can to become climate resistant, if not climate-proof.

August 7, 2014 Comment

Two Hurricanes Bear Down On Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle is expected to arrive on the Big Island this evening — Hawaii’s first direct hurricane in 22 years.

August 5, 2014 Comment

Male Hummingbird Chirps Contain Hidden Song

WNPR’s Patrick Skahill reports on the discovery made by a scientist who slowed down a video of two male hummingbirds fighting.

August 5, 2014 15 Comments

Missouri Residents Vote On ‘Right To Farm’

The proposed constitutional amendment is designed to protect farmers from new laws that would change or outlaw their practices.

August 4, 2014 Comment

How California Is Dealing With ‘Exceptional’ Drought

Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, explains how the state is dealing with the crisis.

August 4, 2014 12 Comments

World’s Only Captive Hyena Colony Scheduled To Close

After 30 years, funding for California research colony – the only of its kind in the world – has run out.

August 4, 2014 Comment

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban In Northwest Ohio

About 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents were told to avoid drinking tap water because of toxins contaminating Lake Erie.

July 31, 2014 Comment

Farmers Riled Up About Proposed EPA Water Rule

Northwest News Network’s Chris Lehman discovered that some farmers don’t support new revisions to the EPA’s Clean Water Act.

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August 26 4 Comments

It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR's Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.

August 26 78 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, "our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia."

August 25 12 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn't get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues.

August 25 13 Comments

A Police Officer On Lessons From Ferguson

Jim Bueermann says the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath point to the need for a conversation about policing in the U.S.