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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

Thu, 2019/01/17 - 2:37pm

Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.

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25 Years After The Northridge Earthquake, Is LA Ready For The Big One?

Thu, 2019/01/17 - 3:01am

On Jan. 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude quake rocked the suburbs north of Los Angeles, leaving 57 dead and causing more than $43 billion in damage. Officials worry LA isn't ready for the next big quake.

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Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, Calif.

Wed, 2019/01/16 - 10:30pm

A federal grant for basic infrastructure projects is stalled. There is concern that, if fire survivors don't see evidence that recovery has begun, they could give up hope and leave the region.

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Movement To Find Alternative To Plastic Packaging Grows In Philippines

Wed, 2019/01/16 - 4:20pm

A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how multinational companies create the problem.

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Republicans Praise, Democrats Grill Andrew Wheeler In EPA Chief Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 2019/01/16 - 1:03pm

Wheeler has been serving as acting EPA administrator since Scott Pruitt stepped down amid ethics scandals in July. Prior to his work at the EPA, Wheeler worked as a lobbyist for the coal industry.

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A View From The Palmer Research Station In Antarctica

Wed, 2019/01/16 - 3:04am

David Greene talks to marine biologist James McClintock about how warming temperatures are impacting glaciers around the Antarctic Peninsula, and consequences of a global rise in sea level.

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A Small Plastic Package Is A Big Culprit Of The Waste Filling Oceans

Tue, 2019/01/15 - 4:03pm

To really understand the plastic problem in countries like the Philippines, you have to understand how consumer goods there are packaged.

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Cost To Military Of Extreme Weather Events Is Likely To Grow

Tue, 2019/01/15 - 3:08pm

The Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune was devastated by Hurricane Florence. Climate scientists say global warming will inevitably mean more such damage to the country's national security infrastructure.

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Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander

Tue, 2019/01/15 - 1:14pm

A mini biosphere was sent up in China's Chang'e-4, which landed on the far side of the moon in early January. Photos show the small, green shoot of a cotton plant in a container aboard the spacecraft.

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

Tue, 2019/01/15 - 3:02am

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic wash into the oceans. The biggest sources are in Asia. In the Philippines, one man is going head-to-head with multinational corporations to stop the plastic tide.

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In The Aftermath Of The Camp Fire, A Slow, Simmering Crisis In Nearby Chico

Mon, 2019/01/14 - 3:05pm

More than two months after the Camp Fire, the small city of Chico, Calif., is struggling to handle an influx of an estimated 20,000 new people from neighboring Paradise.

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Preparing For “The Big One”

Mon, 2019/01/14 - 9:06am

A devastating earthquake is allegedly overdue.

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How The Government Shutdown Affects The Country

Mon, 2019/01/14 - 8:06am

D.C.’s discord disrupts everyone.

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Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects On Wildfire Disaster Response

Sun, 2019/01/13 - 5:43am

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. It's one of the long-term impacts of the government shutdown as it continues to linger on.

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Why The Shutdown Could Mean A Worse Wildfire Season

Sat, 2019/01/12 - 4:00am

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildland fire season as the partial government shutdown continues.

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Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling

Fri, 2019/01/11 - 2:03pm

The Bureau of Land Management has gone ahead with a series of public meetings on its effort to expand oil development in the 22-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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Dozens Of Stranded Seals Flounder In Canadian Town

Thu, 2019/01/10 - 2:48pm

As winter closed in on the town of Roddickton-Bide Arm in Newfoundland, a pod of seals became separated from open water by miles of ice.

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Should Hyping Edible Bugs Focus On The Experience Instead Of The Environment?

Thu, 2019/01/10 - 9:49am

A new study shows that when ads made hedonistic marketing claims, such as "exotic" or "delicious," rather than targeting environmental interests, more people were willing to try eating insects.

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Interior Restaffs Some Wildlife Refuges During Shutdown

Wed, 2019/01/09 - 5:47pm

Furloughed staff will return to 38 protected sites around the country. Critics are panning the move as a way to avoid bad optics during the political tussle.

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Heavy Winter Storm Wrecks Syrian Refugee Camps In Lebanon

Wed, 2019/01/09 - 12:41pm

Thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon are scrambling for shelter and an 8-year-old girl was reported dead.

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