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The Sunday Story: How to Save the Everglades

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2024/03/03 - 1:00am

Why is it so complicated to save the Everglades?

The Everglades is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere and a sanctuary for over three dozen endangered and threatened species. It also provides fresh water, flood control, and a buffer against hurricanes and rising seas for about 9 million Floridians.

But climate change, pollution, agriculture and rapid development are causing potentially irreversible damage.

In 2000, the state of Florida and the federal government struck an extraordinary deal to save the Everglades. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was the largest ecosystem restoration project in the world.

But from the moment it was signed into law, things got complicated.

Now almost 25 years later, the Everglades is as endangered as ever, and the problems have become even more difficult—and expensive—to solve.

Today on The Sunday Story, Ayesha Rascoe talks with WLRN's Jenny Staletovich. Jenny has a new podcast series out called Bright Lit Place that tells the dramatic story of the Everglades, what's been done to the ecosystem, and what needs to happen to save it.

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Firefighters struggle to control record-breaking wildfire in Texas Panhandle

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/03/01 - 2:40pm
The state's largest wildfire on record is burning across large swaths of the Texas Panhandle. The fire has prompted evacuations and has already devastated scores of ranches, farms and small towns.
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Scientists have new details on an Antarctic glacier crucial to future sea level rise

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/03/01 - 2:22pm
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with glaciologist Ted Scambos about the conclusion of a multi-year study of Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, the "plug" holding back a formidable amount of ice.
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The comeback story of a little butterfly thought to be gone from Florida

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/03/01 - 2:13pm
A small butterfly that is native to Florida is making a remarkable comeback after being thought to be gone from the region.
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The fickle, golden magic of the Yosemite "Firefall"

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/02/29 - 3:01pm
For a few weeks each year, Horsetail Fall at Yosemite national park glows gold just before sunset. They call it the "Firefall." But it only happens if conditions are perfect.
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Farms fuel global warming. Billions in tax dollars likely aren't helping - report

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/02/29 - 12:55pm

A new report finds some of the "climate-smart" agricultural practices that the USDA are subsidizing may not reduce emissions. It adds up to billions of taxpayer dollars.

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New York sues beef producer JBS for 'fraudulent' marketing around climate change

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/02/29 - 12:02pm

New York state Attorney General Letitia James said the food company is misleading the public about its efforts to cut its climate pollution.

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ExxonMobil is suing investors who want faster climate action

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/02/29 - 3:00am

The oil and gas giant is suing investor groups that want it to slash climate pollution. Interest groups on both sides of the case say it could lead to more lawsuits against activist investors.

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The iconic Wayfarers Chapel may have to close because of mudslide damage

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/28 - 2:35pm
Rainfall-caused mudslides have forced the iconic Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., to close. Chapel leaders are raising money to begin repairs and refund canceled weddings.
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Massive wildfire triggers evacuations and outages in the Texas Panhandle

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/28 - 2:28pm
A fastmoving wildfire in the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, leading to evacuations and power outages as firefighters struggle to control the burn.
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EPA's newly tightened air pollution rules are welcome news in polluted places

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/27 - 2:21pm
Fresno, in San Joaquin Valley, has some of the worst air in the nation. Residents are getting a burst of hope that new, stricter rules on air pollution could help their health — eventually.
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Wildfires are killing California's ancient giants. Can seedlings save sequoia trees?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/02/26 - 3:00am

Extreme wildfires have destroyed about one-fifth of all giant sequoia trees. To safeguard their future, the National Park Service is planting seedlings that could better survive a hotter climate.

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The 'de-influencing' trend tackles overconsumption and its harm on the environment

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2024/02/25 - 3:50pm
NPR's Scott Detrow speaks with sustainability expert Solitaire Townsend about the rise of de-influencers on social media, who spread awareness about the harms of overconsumption on the environment.
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"De-influencers" Ring The Alarm On The Environmental Impacts Of Overconsumption

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2024/02/25 - 2:56pm

In the last few years, a new trend has emerged on social media: De-influencers.

Instead of selling, de-influencers encourage their followers to stop buying things they don't actually need. De-influencers are also using this trend as an opportunity to raise awareness about the negative impact of overconsumption on the environment.

From plastic packaging to useless gadgets that end up in landfills, over-consumption doesn't just have a negative effect on our wallets - but also on our planet and climate change.

We look at what role can de-influencers play in helping address climate change and spreading the message of sustainable living.

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Mt. Everest is plagued by garbage. These Nepali women are transforming it into crafts

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2024/02/25 - 7:19am

They're turning cast-off climbing ropes into handmade crafts. It's part of a fledgling effort in Nepal to repurpose mountain waste and provide economic opportunity.

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Federal appeals court revokes Obama-era ban on coal leasing

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/21 - 4:45pm

A U.S. appeals court struck down a judge's 2022 order that imposed a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands.

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Supreme Court hears arguments in important case about ozone pollution rule

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/21 - 3:02pm
Supreme Court justices heard arguments in an important environmental case. Lawyers for a group of red states and businesses are trying to block a federal rule designed to limit ozone pollution.
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Scientists in the Florida Keys haven't had great success revitalizing coral reefs

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/21 - 2:59pm
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Katey Lesneski, research coordinator for coral restoration at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. She's been checking on restored corals, which struggled in 2023.
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EPA rule that limits pollution is being challenged in the Supreme Court

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/02/21 - 3:08am
A key environmental effort to improve air quality and protect people from downwind pollution faces a legal challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court from several states and energy companies .
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A new Indiana bill will weaken protections over wetlands

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/02/20 - 4:00pm
The Indiana legislature has passed a bill that will reduce wetland protections. Environmentalists warn the policy will lead to more development, harm habitats and undermine natural flood abatement.
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