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September 1, 2014 2 Comments

Wyoming Wind Power Has Nowhere To Go

Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping so much western wind at bay.

August 29, 2014 Comment

Old Threats Persist For Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee

Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio went along on an annual bird count to find out how the loons are doing.

August 29, 2014 Comment

Heavy Surf Pummels California’s Catalina Island

While many were excited for the surge of waves from Tropical Storm Marie, they had some devastating effects.

August 28, 2014 11 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he’s shocked by how much it’s grown.

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.

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 1 4 Comments

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city's major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 3 Comments

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.