The car culture wars; plus, the problem with child stars

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/04/12 - 6:47am

President Biden has been pushing new regulations to promote electric vehicle production to combat the climate crisis — and former president Trump is using those regulations as a talking point against Biden. To break down how cars became the latest weapons in the culture wars, host Brittany Luse is joined by NPR's transportation correspondent Camila Domonoske and Dan Brekke, a reporter and editor at KQED in San Francisco who covers transit. Together, they talk about why Americans are so invested in their cars — and how cars became more than just a policy battle.

Then Brittany discusses a new HBO documentary series that is making waves right now: Quiet On Set. The show alleges a pattern of sexual harassment behind the scenes at Nickelodeon, and includes interviews with several former child stars describing experiences that range from taking part in sexualized gags to facing downright sexual abuse while working for the network. Brittany looks closer at the trouble with child performers with Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, co-hosts of the Eating for Free podcast. They discuss what makes child performers especially vulnerable to abuse — and they ask why society demands performances from children.

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The balance between tourism and conservation at a Rwandan national park

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/04/11 - 2:17pm

Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda was hard hit by the violence of the country's genocide. For a time, the park floundered — but it's now flourishing.

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Japan will give new cherry trees to replace those lost in D.C. construction

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/04/11 - 12:54am

Japan is giving the U.S. 250 new cherry trees to help replace the hundreds that are being ripped out this summer as construction crews work to repair the seawall around the capital's Tidal Basin.

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Fire victims sue U.S. Forest Service 2 years after huge New Mexico fire

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/04/10 - 2:42pm

Two years after the U.S. Forest Service accidentally ignited the biggest fire in New Mexico history nearly 2,500 victims are suing over slow aid payments.

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Here are the White House's plans to limit PFAS in water systems

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/04/10 - 2:42pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ali Zaidi, President Biden's national climate advisor, about the first ever national standards on the amount of PFAS in drinking water.

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Morning news brief

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/04/10 - 2:16am

Arizona Supreme Court allows a near-total abortion ban to take effect soon. EPA limits the amount of PFAS in drinking water. President Biden will welcome Japan's prime minister to the White House.

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EPA puts limits on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2024/04/10 - 2:01am

PFAS chemicals have been used for decades to waterproof and stain-proof consumer products and are linked to health problems.

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For communities near chemical plants, EPA's new air pollution rule spells relief

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/04/09 - 4:33pm

The Environmental Protection Agency tightens standards for air pollution coming from more than 200 chemical plants in the U.S.

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Chemical plants must limit the emissions of 2 toxic pollutants, EPA rules

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/04/09 - 2:05pm

A new EPA rule will force hundreds of chemical plants to limit emissions of two carcinogenic pollutants, ethylene oxide and chloroprene. The rule will affect factories in Texas and Louisiana.

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Norfolk Southern will pay $600 million to settle East Palestine derailment lawsuit

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/04/09 - 9:42am

Norfolk Southern has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from the fiery train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio in early 2023.

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Watch your garden glow with new genetically modified bioluminescent petunias

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/04/08 - 12:01pm

Research into new pharmaceuticals has produced an unanticipated by-product: Petunias that glow in the dark

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A group of volunteers will shepherd Lake Michigan fish's journey upstream

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2024/04/07 - 5:00am

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with Jay Woiderski, President of the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon For Tomorrow, about their volunteer Sturgeon Guard program.

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Science has developed petunias that glow in the dark

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2024/04/06 - 5:31am

Petunias that glow in the dark are a thing now. The genetically modified flowers actually generate their own light, and are now legal to sell.

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Can't make it to the total eclipse? 5 fun ways to bring wonder and awe into your life

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2024/04/06 - 4:01am

Yes, viewing a total solar eclipse can be beautiful and life-altering. But so can many other things in life.

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Black market cannabis thrives in California despite legalization

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/04/05 - 2:12am

Marijuana legalization was expected to bring the industry out of the shadows. But in some states, the black market is alive and well.

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'We want to help': Why climate activists are trying something new

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2024/04/05 - 2:01am
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A recent disruption at An Enemy of the People on Broadway by Extinction Rebellion shows a new approach to climate change activism.

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A professor worried no one would read an algae study. So she had it put to music

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/04/04 - 9:25am

Professors and students at the University of South Florida mapped pitch, rhythm and duration to data about algae blooms and depletion of coral reefs to create an original composition.

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Fish out of water story ends with 77,000 young salmon in the wrong water

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2024/04/04 - 8:17am

The Chinook got shook when their truck got cooked. Now the salmon are swimming — but in the wrong brook.

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Gold mining reduced this Amazon rainforest to a moonscape. Now miners are restoring it

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2024/04/02 - 2:00am

Illegal gold mining has ravaged the Peruvian Amazon, leaving behind pollution and denuded landscapes. A group of miners are working with a U.S. charity to restore the forest.

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A new deal may help reduce water pollution in Montana, Idaho

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2024/04/01 - 3:44pm

The U.S. and tribal governments make progress against contaminated coal mine runoff from British Columbia, which has been polluting Montana and Idaho for years.

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