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The Salt
3:26 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

The city of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The city's water works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in these waterways.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:59 pm

Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. Des Moines Water Works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. It's a novel attempt to control fertilizer runoff from farms, which has been largely unregulated.

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5:43 am
Sun January 11, 2015

A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:05 pm

Lonesome George was a celebrity tortoise. Millions of humans made the pilgrimage to see him while he lived, and his death was international news.


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Goats and Soda
1:03 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Bill Gates takes a sip of water that came out of the new Janicki Omniprocessor, which turns human waste into clean drinking water in minutes.
Courtesy of the Gates Foundation

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:04 pm

In places where fresh water is hard to come by, how do you come up with clean drinking water? Easy — get the water from poop.

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Fri January 9, 2015

House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 5:53 pm

Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives has voted 266-153 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline despite a presidential veto threat, just hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court, in a split decision, cleared the way for the controversial project.

The Senate, which also has a Republican majority, is considering similar legislation.

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TED Radio Hour
9:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

The elusive Kraken wasn't seen in its natural habitat until Dr. Edith Widder came up with some innovative technology.
Kraken Attack by Ben Wooten/Used with permission of Paizo Publishing

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 8:36 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of

About Edith Widder's TED Talk

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

About Edith Widder

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6:34 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Environmentalists Push To Keep Canadian Crude In The Ground

An excavator loads a truck with oil sands at the Suncor mine near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada in 2009. Environmental groups that oppose oil sands mining have pointed to delayed and canceled projects as a sign of recent success.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:29 am

The Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canadian oil sands down to the U.S. Gulf Coast, isn't just an infrastructure project. It's also a symbol for the fight over the future of energy.

Producing oil from Alberta's tar sands emits more pollution than traditional oil drilling, so many environmentalists want that crude left in the ground. And more broadly, they want the world to turn away from climate-changing fossil fuels toward cleaner forms of energy, like wind and solar.

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Nebraska Residents Weary Of Keystone XL Pipeline Debate

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 7:44 am

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The Salt
12:09 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

The IUCN says the Atlantic bluefin tuna is endangered. Its stocks have declined globally between 29 percent and 51 percent over the past 21 to 39 years, according to the conservation group.
Tono Balaguer iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 2:28 pm

On Monday, a single 380-pound bluefin tuna sold for about $37,500 in the first auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. That's far below the peak price of $1.76 million that a bluefin went for at the same market in 2013, and this year's price isn't a good indicator of the supply, or population status.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 7:25 pm

Updated at 5:46 p.m.

The White House says President Obama will veto any congressional legislation that approves the Keystone XL pipeline.

"If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn't sign it," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

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Code Switch
3:57 am
Tue January 6, 2015

For Many Navajo, A Visit From The 'Water Lady' Is A Refreshing Sight

Darlene Arviso is known as the water lady in Smith Lake, N.M., on the Navajo Nation. She delivers water to 250 people each month. Here, she fills buckets from her water truck.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:37 am

The people who live in the northwest corner of New Mexico consider Darlene Arviso to be a living saint.

"Everybody knows me around here. They'll be waving at me," she says from behind the wheel of the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission water truck. "They call me the water lady."

That's because Arviso hauls water for tribe members of the Navajo Nation, where, on average, residents use 7 gallons a day to drink, cook, bathe and clean. The average person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons a day.

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