NPR News - Environment

Syndicate content Environment
Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.
Updated: 8 hours 25 min ago

In Arkansas, Backlash Against Pesticide Regulation Gets Personal

Tue, 2020/09/22 - 7:00am

A state official in Arkansas who's led a national effort to limit damage from a controversial herbicide has recently found his tractors damaged and hay bales burned.

(Image credit: Terry Fuller)

Categories: Environment

In Tasmania, A Mission To Rescue 270 Stranded Whales

Mon, 2020/09/21 - 10:07am

Video of the area shows large groups of pilot whales stuck on sandbars, trying fruitlessly to free themselves. An estimated 25 whales have already died.

(Image credit: Brodie Weeding/AP)

Categories: Environment

National Park In Thailand Takes Unique Action Against Litterbugs

Mon, 2020/09/21 - 2:47am

Officials at the park are enacting revenge on those who dare to litter. You toss trash in the park, authorities will register you with the police. They will also mail your garbage back to your home.

Categories: Environment

'Hard, Dirty Job': Cities Struggle To Clear Garbage Glut In Stay-At-Home World

Mon, 2020/09/21 - 2:00am

As people stay at home, they are putting out more trash, from pizza boxes to cardboard delivery boxes. That's putting a big strain on residential garbage collectors.

(Image credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

Smoke From Wildfires Reaches East Coast And Europe. What Are Its Effects?

Fri, 2020/09/18 - 12:58pm

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with Emily Fischer, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, about the health effects of the smoke from the fires in Oregon and California.

Categories: Environment

A Firefighter Is Killed In California Wildfire Sparked By Gender Reveal Party

Fri, 2020/09/18 - 10:22am

The firefighter died on Thursday in the El Dorado Fire some 70 miles east of Los Angeles. The blaze began two weeks ago after an expectant couple set off fireworks to reveal the sex of their child.

(Image credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

Categories: Environment

Firefighters Battle To Save LA's Historic Mount Wilson Observatory

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 1:17pm

The Bobcat Fire came within 500 feet of the observatory on Tuesday. The same dry, isolated conditions that make Mount Wilson susceptible to fire also made it perfect for stargazing.

(Image credit: Screenshot by NPR/HPWREN)

Categories: Environment

What Are The Costs Of Climate Change?

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 1:06pm

More frequent and severe wildfires and hurricanes have caused billions of dollars of damage in the U.S. Climate experts warn the costs to the economy and to individual families are only rising.

Categories: Environment

California Aims To Add Housing Away From Wildland Urban Interface

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 4:22am

NPR's David Greene talks to Wade Crowfoot, California's secretary of Natural Resources, about this year's wildfire season, and what can be done to prevent or control them.

Categories: Environment

Climate Change Is Not The Only Reason For Record Wildfires

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 4:21am

Climate change is exacerbating the severity of the wildfires on the West Coast, but prior and current forest management decisions, and politics, also play a huge role.

Categories: Environment

Facebook VP Nick Clegg On New Climate Change Information Hub

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 2:06pm

Facebook is launching a page focused on climate change facts. Facebook's Nick Clegg talked with NPR about the company's steps to stop misinformation on climate change and other issues.

(Image credit: Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

Haze Spreads Across U.S. As Wildfires Continue To Tear Through The West

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 1:16pm

Scientists have linked an increasing prevalence and intensity of wildfires to climate change, and residents of Western states are grappling with the dread that severe fire seasons are the new normal.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

Categories: Environment

West Coast Fires: Climate, Forest Management, Lax Rules, Plenty Of Blame To Go Around

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 12:15pm

The alarming wildfires on the West Coast are again putting the spotlight on climate change. But it's not the only reason why we're seeing so much destruction and lives lost.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

Categories: Environment

Visiting California Fires, President Trump Denies Climate Change

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 2:05am

Trump declined to acknowledge the role climate change likely plays in fueling the flames. In Delaware, Democratic challenger Joe Biden addressed the disasters' links to human-caused climate change.

Categories: Environment

Wyoming Doubles Down On Its Long Support For Carbon Capture

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 2:05am

The country's largest coal producing state is desperate to keep the struggling industry going. Wyoming is investing big to try to clean up coal's carbon emissions, even as many say it's too late.

Categories: Environment

'I Don't Think Science Knows': Visiting Fires, Trump Denies Climate Change

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 2:47pm

On the other side of the country Joe Biden also addressed the fires, linking them to climate change.

(Image credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

At Least 35 Dead As Wildfires Rampage Along The West Coast

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 1:02pm

In addition to dangerous smoke and fog, there is now concern that two of the biggest fires threatening cities and towns near Portland, Ore., might combine.

(Image credit: Nic Coury/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

'It's A Bit Surreal': Oregon's Air Quality Suffers As Fires Complicate COVID-19 Fight

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 12:04pm

The air quality in Portland, Ore., ranks among the world's worst. The Environmental Protection Agency forecasts "very unhealthy" air quality.

(Image credit: John Locher/AP)

Categories: Environment

Redesigning The Office For The Next 100-Year Flu (Yes, It's Coming)

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 2:00am

Architects are already looking beyond COVID-19 to imagine the office of 2025 and beyond — an office that will keep us safe on the job, whatever pandemic virus strikes next.

(Image credit: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

It's Not Just Wildfires. Climate Change Is Making The Air More Hazardous

Sun, 2020/09/13 - 2:12pm

Even beyond wildfire smoke, the air this summer has been more dangerous for millions of Americans. That's because of the warming climate, which threatens to roll back decades of improving air quality.

Categories: Environment