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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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?
By Lauren Sommer

April 9, 2014

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.


Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers
By Frank Morris

April 9, 2014

The federal government just listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but states are pushing back hard, saying that restrictions could negatively impact a number of industries.

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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago
By April Fulton

April 9, 2014

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

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States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations
By Cheryl Corley

April 9, 2014

As a new tornado season begins, Illinois officials say they need more help from the federal government, and Sens. Kirk and Durbin have reintroduced a bill proposing changes to the disaster formula.

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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor
By Scott Neuman

April 8, 2014

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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