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Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.

Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.


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Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.




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Climate Change May Make The Snapping Shrimp Snap Louder

Tiny snapping shrimp are among of the loudest animals in the ocean. And climate change could be making them louder, which affects a lot of other sea life.


Low Snowpack In California Mountains May Mean More Wildfires This Summer

The snowpack in California is dangerously low. The state gets most of its water from snow melt that begins high in the Sierra Nevada. Low snowpack means a drier summer and potentially more wildfires.


'Houses On The River Will Fall': Cambodia's Sand Mining Threatens Vital Mekong

A building boom in the Southeast Asian country has pushed up demand for sand in a river that 60 million people rely on.


What Climate Change Issues Mean To Democratic Primary Voters

Climate change has become a top issue for Democratic primary voters. But it's not clear if the politically divisive topic will play as big a role in the general election.


Better Late Than Never? Big Companies Scramble To Make Lofty Climate Promises

Pressure is mounting on CEOs as everyone from investors to employees sounds the alarm about the climate crisis. Some companies are responding, but even ambitious targets won't be enough on their own.


Closing Of Coal Power Plants Means Debates On What To Do With The Water They Used

As coal power plants close, the water they used will be freed up for other purposes. It can make a huge difference in the arid West. Who'll reap the potential windfalls of both water and money?


Sell Or Stay? Australia's Fire Zone Experiment

After deadly 2009 wildfires, authorities offered to buy property to encourage people to move. Few accepted. The questions raised by Australia's experience are freshly urgent after its latest fires.


Porpoises On The Brink Of Extinction Face Daunting Odds For Survival

Efforts to save the few surviving vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California are being hampered by illegal fishing nets, poaching and drug cartels.


Supreme Court Pipeline Fight Could Disrupt How The Appalachian Trail Is Run

The Appalachian Trail is at the center of a legal case before the Supreme Court on Monday involving a proposed gas pipeline. Trail officials say it has become a football between the case's two sides.


Lack Of Snow In French Alps Is Affecting Lower Altitude Ski Resorts

A lack of snow in the Alps is causing headaches for French ski resorts. Some lower altitude resorts have shut runs or even closed permanently. Others are resorting to unusual methods to bring in snow.


Bayer And BASF Ordered To Pay Missouri Farmer Over $250 Million In Herbicide Case

A jury ordered two big agricultural companies to pay a peach farmer in Missouri $265 million in damages. At issue is an herbicide that is known to drift from where it's sprayed.


Bureau Of Land Management Defends Move To Oil-And-Gas Town In Colorado

The acting head of the Bureau of Land Management is defending the controversial relocation of the massive land agency's headquarters to a small western Colorado city 1,900 miles from Washington, D.C.


Sand Mining In Cambodia And Dams Upstream Threaten Mekong River

There are many ways to kill a river. With Southeast Asia's storied Mekong, China's upriver damming is taking a heavy toll, but downstream neighbors share the blame. The No. 1 threat: sand mining.


As Warm Winters Mess With Nut Trees' Sex Lives, Farmers Help Them 'Netflix And Chill'

Many fruit and nut trees need cold weather to bloom, which is becoming less common in a warming climate. So, farmers and scientists are teaming up to find ways to help orchards chill out and cope.


Amid Climate And Housing Crises, Cities Struggle To Place Housing Near Transit

San Bernardino County, Calif., is creating a commuter train that reaches the small city of Redlands. While good for the environment, some residents worry it will undo the city's slow growth measures.


Scientists Fear Sheer Size Of Australia Bushfires Will Slow Ecological Recovery

Rains have put out the last of the fires in Australia's New South Wales. Biologist Lesley Hughes tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about damage in the burned areas and whether regeneration is possible.


EPA Announces Cleanup Deal For One Of The Biggest Superfund Sites In The U.S.

The Trump administration is taking credit for finalizing cleanup of one of America's biggest and most infamous Superfund sites: Butte, Montana. But the reality is more complicated.


Virginia Offers New Plan To Protect Migratory Birds After Federal Rollback

A Virginia construction project threatens nesting sea birds. Now, the governor has announced he will protect the birds in light of Trump Administration rollbacks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


At The 'Super Bowl Of Turkey Calling,' The Goal Is Recruiting New Hunters

Hunting is on the decline in some parts of the country. At this week's National Wild Turkey Federation convention, advocates want to create future hunters, especially women.


Protests Against Gas Pipeline Project Halt Rail Traffic Across Canada

Protests by indigenous peoples against a planned gas pipeline have shut down rail traffic across eastern Canada, causing chaos for shippers and travelers.