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Environment
12:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tribes Urge EPA to Review Their Concerns about Mining in Northern Wisconsin

Water moves in the Penokee Hills

Six Chippewa tribes hope the EPA agrees and either restricts or halts a mining company from extracting iron ore from the Penokee Hills.

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Parallels
6:15 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Oil Off The Coast Of Ibiza? Protesters Don't Want To Know

Ibiza
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:03 am

Ibiza — famous for wild, all-night parties — is home to some of the Mediterranean's most pristine beaches and thriving marine ecosystems. But these could soon be endangered by more than the island's hedonism.

Spain's central government is considering whether to allow oil prospecting near the coasts of Ibiza and its neighboring island, Formentera. The proposed survey area is about 1,500 square miles and starts around 30 miles off the coastline.

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Research News
6:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When consumers think about green products, they often face a dilemma - that car that uses less gasoline or a more efficient refrigerator tends to cost more. Buyers have to choose whether money is more important to them than public good. Now new research shows there might be a way to boost interest in these products, at least among a core group of consumers. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to talk with us about that. Hi Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi Steve.

INSKEEP: What consumers?

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Reduced Wolf Hunt Quota Fails to Assuage Concerns of Critics in Wisconsin

In less than four months, Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt will commence. The quota will be 156; nearly 100 less than last year’s.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rescuing Saz's Excess Summerfest Food to Feed The Hungry

Chris Capper with load of leftovers from Saz's Catering.
Credit S Bence

Five years ago in Milwaukee, Chris Capper met the head of Saz’s Catering and together they launched a "food rescue program" to feed the hungry. 

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Meters Would Help Sacramento Homes Save More Water

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The drought in California is growing more serious by the day. Yet, one-quarter million homes in California still lack the most basic conservation device there is - a water meter. Nowhere is this problem more clear than in the state capital, Sacramento. Joe Rubin reports.

JOE RUBIN, BYLINE: It's not quite daylight when, at 5:15 a.m., Ron Carpenter hops in his car and begins to patrol the Sacramento neighborhood, looking for signs of lawn watering.

RON CARPENTER: Up here it looks pretty shiny down here. Let's see what this is.

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Energy
3:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

Linc Energy has installed 44 monitoring wells at its proposed test site near Wright, Wyo., to establish baseline water quality.
Stephanie Joyce for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 8:42 am

The United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal. The only catch is that most coal is buried too deep for conventional mining.

In the tradition of fracking pioneers in the oil and gas industries, an Australian company working in Wyoming wants to use an unconventional technique to access that deep coal: burning it underground.

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Environment
3:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Finds In Climate Change An Economic Threat

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he hopes a new study can influence the business community by applying the science of risk management.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:38 pm

The U.S. economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a new study that focuses on the current and future effects of climate change on everything from jobs, to crop yields, to energy production.

Though the study presents no new climate science, it paints a dire picture of the business and economic effects if action isn't taken, including crop yields that fall by more than 70 percent in the Midwest and billions of dollars' worth of property literally underwater on the East Coast.

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Environment
2:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

The naval base at Norfolk has had to build two levels to its docks to accommodate rising sea levels. The water level has risen about 1 1/2 feet since 1920.
Yuki Noguchi NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:25 am

From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.

But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."

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