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October 29, 2014 Comment

Lava Threatens Homes On Hawaii’s Big Island

Residents of Pahoa Village are evacuating, as smoke billows towards their homes and lava from Kilauea volcano creeps closer.

October 29, 2014 2 Comments

On Superstorm Sandy Anniversary, Red Cross Under Scrutiny

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica has uncovered serious problems with the charity’s response to the storm.

October 28, 2014 Comment

Hurricane Ana Remnants Lash Pacific Northwest

It’s been decades since remnants of a hurricane hit Oregon and Washington state, but that’s what is happening today.

October 28, 2014 Comment

Cartels Can Make Fracking In Mexico Expensive And Dangerous

Texas oil companies could make a fortune in Mexico, but there’s a catch: the shale plays are located in states overrun by organized crime.

October 24, 2014 6 Comments

Coal Mining Threatens The Great Barrier Reef

The reef is an underwater wonderland, but it’s facing multiple threats. Among them: the coal industry on Australia’s coast.

October 23, 2014 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world’s oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 20, 2014 4 Comments

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Bermuda Resident Says She Is Not Fazed By Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo is expected to batter Bermuda with hurricane-force winds for eight hours. That doesn’t bother longtime Bermuda resident Juliette Jackson.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

October 17, 2014 3 Comments

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 15, 2014 2 Comments

Wisconsin Utilities Trying To Manage Solar Energy Industry

Utilities say individual energy producers cost them more than the energy they contribute back to the grid is worth.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Helping the Mountain Lions Cross the Road

Two of California’s busiest freeways run through mountain lions’ habitat. Officials and animal advocates are proposing an overpass to facilitate the animals’ passage.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Wells Have Run Dry In One Central California Community

The little farming town of East Porterville in the San Joaquin Valley has been particularly devastated by California’s ongoing drought.

October 2, 2014 3 Comments

Disappearing Sea Ice Forces Exodus Of Pacific Walrus

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

September 29, 2014 7 Comments

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

September 29, 2014 Comment

Volcano Eruption Kills More Than Two Dozen In Japan

A volcano about 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted without warning on Saturday. Rescue crews are hampered by toxic gases.

September 25, 2014 7 Comments

US Government To Pay Navajo Nation Record Settlement

The agreement settles litigation alleging the government mismanaged funds and natural resources for decades on trust lands.

September 25, 2014 5 Comments

Seattle To Fine Residents For Trashing Food Waste

A new measure in Seattle will fine residents if more than 10 percent of their garbage is food waste in an attempt to curb waste going to landfills.

September 23, 2014 6 Comments

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

September 23, 2014 7 Comments

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During Hike

Here & Now’s animal expert on what to do when you encounter a bear and the frequency of bear attacks.

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

October 28 Comment

Cooking With The Fruit Of Fall

Apples are abundant, but so are pears, pomegranates, persimmons and figs. Our resident chef shares six recipes.

October 28 2 Comments

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

October 27 Comment

Documentary Charts The Rise Of James Brown

The filmmaker, along with a trombonist and an ethnomusicologist, join us to discuss the late "godfather of soul."

October 27 20 Comments

What Happens When A School Pays Teachers $125,000 A Year

Higher teacher salaries may help students do better in school, according to a study that looked at a New York City charter school.