Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'
By Frank James

April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought
By Kirk Siegler

April 22, 2014

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Fla. Town Clams Up — Literally
By Greg Allen

April 21, 2014

Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.


California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the U.S.

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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland
By Bill Chappell

April 19, 2014

A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.

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Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf
By Bob Marshall

April 19, 2014

Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.

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Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended
By Tamara Keith

April 18, 2014

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department
By Dana Farrington

April 18, 2014

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated
By Scott Neuman

April 18, 2014

A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."

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Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis
By Kirk Siegler

April 17, 2014

Farmers in the parched Central Valley are joining forces with farmworkers and a broad cross section of politicians to pressure the federal government to offer relief.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables
By Marc Silver

April 16, 2014

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis
By Philip Reeves

April 16, 2014

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay
By Debbie Elliott

April 16, 2014

A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.

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For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space
By Audie Cornish

April 15, 2014

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says
By Nell Greenfieldboyce

April 13, 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay
By Maanvi Singh

April 12, 2014

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest
By NPR Staff

April 11, 2014

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.


South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'
By NPR Staff

April 11, 2014

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.

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What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860
By Scott Neuman

April 10, 2014

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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