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February 11, 2016 3 Comments

The Unfulfilled Promise Of Carbon Capture

Despite millions in government investment, “carbon capture and storage,” as it’s called, has largely flopped in California.

February 10, 2016 13 Comments

California Crab Fishermen Struggling, As Algae Blooms

Regulators indefinitely delayed the season for Dungeness crab for the first time ever, due to the huge algae bloom off the coast.

February 3, 2016 3 Comments

Killer Whale Baby Boom Is Good News, But Why So Many Males?

Nine new calves have been spotted in and around Puget Sound, but there appears to be an imbalance in the sex ratio.

February 2, 2016 2 Comments

Country’s Deepest Lake Has Invasive Species Problem

Crayfish are loving the rising water temperatures in Oregon’s Crater Lake, jeopardizing native species in the process.

January 29, 2016 97 Comments

Examining The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Ethanol

Nearly half of Iowa’s corn goes to produce ethanol, which the U.S. government mandates to be blended with gasoline.

January 27, 2016 11 Comments

Amid Severe Drought, California Snowpack Hits 5-Year High

The increase is likely brought on by recent El Niño storms and, while reservoirs remain below average, it’s a good sign for the future.

January 25, 2016 4 Comments

Failed Antarctic Expedition Ends In Tragedy

British explorer Henry Worsley was just 30 miles from the end of a solo 1,000-mile journey across Antarctica when he succumbed to exhaustion.

January 25, 2016 2 Comments

Digging Out From The East Coast Snowstorm

Schools and government offices are closed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as the region works to clear the snow.

January 22, 2016 3 Comments

Slow Going On Coal Ash Cleanup In North Carolina

Two years after nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash flowed into the Dan River, the cleanup process still has a long way to go.

January 22, 2016 Comment

Major Winter Storm Rumbles Up East Coast

Washington, D.C. could see two feet of snow from a historic storm that forecasters say will also bring ice and coastal flooding.

January 21, 2016 2 Comments

Eastern U.S. Braces For Major Winter Storm

The worst is expected in parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., where double-digit snow totals are predicted.

January 19, 2016 4 Comments

5 Planets Visible In The Sky For The First Time In Years

Beginning Wednesday, five planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter – will all be visible about 45 minutes before sunrise.

January 19, 2016 24 Comments

Backlash In Vermont Over Green Energy Aesthetics

Although it’s one of the most environmentally-conscious states in the country, some locals are objecting to green energy projects.

January 19, 2016 Comment

After The Oil Boom, How To Avoid the Bust

Emily Guerin of Inside Energy visits a small town in North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to find out how it’s dealing with the exodus.

January 18, 2016 4 Comments

Goats Replace Lawn Mowers Along Nashville Levee

The city’s water department has outsourced the maintenance of a three-mile levee to a herd of goats.

January 18, 2016 Comment

In A City That Welcomes Hyenas, An Anthropologist Makes Friends

Harar, Ethiopia, is one of the few places on earth where the human residents invite wild hyenas to enter their habitat.

January 11, 2016 2 Comments

Are Squirrels Getting Fatter?

Is something really going on, or have people just turned to “fat shaming” the furry mammals? WBUR’s The Wild Life blog investigates.

January 8, 2016 4 Comments

LA Gas Leak Likely Won’t Be Fixed For A Month Or More

Thousands of people are moving out of the neighborhood – at least temporarily – because of a well leaking natural gas for months.

January 7, 2016 Comment

Building A Better Honeybee

It’s become a very tricky business to keep bees alive. And not because of colony collapse disorder.

January 7, 2016 Comment

Heavy El Niño Rains In LA Prompt Outreach, Concern For Homeless

In a city that’s known for its warm, dry weather, the persistent, heavy rain – and the cold – are causing concern for homeless people.

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February 11 9 Comments

Gravitational Waves Discovery Confirms Einstein’s Theory

Scientists detected the gravitational waves after a pair of unusual black holes collided.

February 11 5 Comments

Pope To Visit Juárez During Mexico Trip

The border city is recreating itself after years of bloodshed – something Pope Francis lived through in Argentina.

February 11 25 Comments

A Senator Makes The Case For Authorizing Use Of Force Against ISIS

It's been a year since the president asked Congress to authorize the offensive already underway. Sen. Jeff Flake is pushing for a vote.

February 10 Comment

A Look At Prisons Around The World, With A Spotlight On Our Own

Baz Dreisinger visited prisons in nine countries and wrote about her experiences in a new book, "Incarceration Nations."