Environment

The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Why The Latest Gulf Leak Is No BP Disaster

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in April 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 5:06 pm

Teams of workers are mobilizing in the Gulf of Mexico to try to stem a natural gas leak at an offshore drilling rig that exploded and caught fire Tuesday. The rig off the Louisiana coast has been partially destroyed by the out of control blaze, and firefighting boats are on the scene.

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Environment
11:52 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Why Do We Use Drinking Water to Flush Our Toilets?

A wastewater pipe
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia/Flickr

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews Lynn Broaddus, director of environment programs at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

The Johnson Foundation is taking a detailed look at how we can transform the nation's water infrastructure.

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Environment
10:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Can Intensive Farming Coexist with Healthy Lakes and Streams?

Long Lake, Waushara County - Photo taken in 2007, this year there is a 3 foot deep spot of water - but no fish.
George Kraft

The Central Sands region boasts some of Wisconsin’s most productive farm fields, but evidence is growing that keeping them irrigated comes at the expense of nearby streams and lakes.

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Animals
5:16 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a rare species found only in a few small areas high up in Nevada's Spring Mountains.
Corey Kallstrom USFWS

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:10 pm

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.

The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.

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Environment
4:38 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Solar-Powered Cars Hit The Racetrack

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:37 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. A race track usually sounds like this...

(SOUNDBITE OF CAR ENGINES REVVING)

GREENE: That is sound from the starting line of the new Formula One race in Austin last fall. This summer, that same track was home to another race - which sounded like this...

(LAUGHTER)

GREENE: Those barely audible vrooms came from solar-powered race cars.

Terrence Henry of member station KUT went to find how far we have come in the race to create solar powered transportation.

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