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Lawyer Who Handled Sept. 11 Victims Fund To Mediate Talks Between Bayer, Plaintiffs

Wed, 2019/05/22 - 2:08pm

Kenneth Feinberg has been tapped to facilitate talks between the company's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives over the next two weeks.

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Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened

Wed, 2019/05/22 - 2:01am

American farmers rely heavily on selling their goods overseas. As the trade war heats up again, many Midwest soybean farmers have huge surpluses and are receiving government aid.

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Floods That Hit The Midwest In March Continue To Affect The Farm Economy

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 1:23pm

Midwest Farmers are still cleaning up from record floods in March. The work may delay or even prevent planting for some, which will have ripple effects throughout the U.S. agriculture sector.

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 8:22am

New cases of asthma dropped dramatically in Los Angeles communities where air quality improved the most over 20 years. The results illustrate health benefits from pollution control.

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Wildlife Tourism And Other Dangers Facing Our Most Coveted Species

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 8:06am

What's behind those cute selfies with wild animals?

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To Safely Study Volcanoes, Scientists Bring The Blast To Them

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 2:01am

Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous, which is why a group of scientists from around the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption.

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After Grim Deaths In The Borderlands, An Effort To Find Out Who Migrants Were

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 2:00am

More than 200 migrants die attempting to cross the Southwest border each year. Slowly, scientists at a Texas laboratory are seeking the story of their bones.

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Climate Change And Its Effect On The Australian Elections

Mon, 2019/05/20 - 8:06am

Australians headed to the polls this weekend. Some people ate sausages after.

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Oil Spill Seeping Into Gulf Of Mexico Contained After 14 Years, Coast Guard Says

Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:21pm

The Taylor Energy oil spill began after Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide and caused the company's oil platform to topple and sink.

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EPA Watchdog Finds Ex-Chief Scott Pruitt Spent $124,000 On 'Excessive' Airfare

Thu, 2019/05/16 - 12:24pm

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog has found $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former administrator Scott Pruitt. It suggests the agency find a way to recover those costs.

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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:39am

Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

Thu, 2019/05/16 - 6:00am

The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure debris because almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.

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PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

Wed, 2019/05/15 - 7:43pm

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

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Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden 'Middle-Of-The-Road Approach' On Climate Change

Tue, 2019/05/14 - 1:28pm

"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives," the congresswoman said.

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California Jury Awards $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Trial

Mon, 2019/05/13 - 7:07pm

The verdict represents the third time a California jury has decided in favor of consumers who claimed their cancer was caused by the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer.

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With Hurricane Season Approaching, Researchers Work To Better Predict Storm Intensity

Mon, 2019/05/13 - 1:25pm

Florida's experience with Hurricane Michael shows how difficult it is to accurately forecast a hurricane's intensity. Forecasters say more accurate forecasts are coming soon.

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Why Some Wineries Are Becoming 'Certified B Corp' — And What That Means

Mon, 2019/05/13 - 4:00am

To be certified, a business must operate according to three principles of sustainability: people, planet and profit. B Corp wineries are investing in farmworkers, but some say it's still not enough.

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Mass Extinctions

Sun, 2019/05/12 - 5:25am

It's not too late to make a difference. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Andrew Deutz of The Nature Conservancy about the U.N. extinction report and what can be done to reverse the damage.

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'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon

Sun, 2019/05/12 - 5:01am

The Laos government and conservationists estimate there are only about 800 elephants left in all of Laos, just half of them living in the wild.

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Opinion: 1 Million Species Are At Risk Of Disappearing. Humans Should Act Now

Sat, 2019/05/11 - 5:16am

This week, the U.N. issued the summary of a report warning of unprecedented declines in biodiversity. Scott Simon makes the case for humankind to assume responsibility for protecting the vulnerable.

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