Environment

Environment
6:35 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate?

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 10:39 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Draft report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change was leaked to the media this week. The scientists will report to the U.N. that it is nearly certain that human activity has caused most of the earth's climate change over the last 50 years. Now, this leak is certain to rekindle debates about how best to contend with events like increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, and it might make some people take a new look at what's called geoengineering.

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Environment
6:35 am
Sat August 24, 2013

On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Making A Tenuous Comeback

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 10:39 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. East Coast seabirds have had a tough year. They've been battered by storms and disruptions in the food chain. Among them, the sturdy little Atlantic puffin. Now, here in the United States, their numbers dwindle to just a single nesting pair by 1901. Since then, thanks to the Audubon Society's Project Puffin, they've made a comeback. But as WBUR's Fred Bever reports, the puffins are now facing some new threats.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The 'Consensus' View: Kevin Trenberth's Take On Climate Change

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 8:12 pm

Next month, a scientific committee sponsored by the United Nations will put out its latest assessment of climate change. The report is expected to underscore yet again that climate change is a serious problem and human beings are largely responsible.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) represents a consensus view of hundreds of scientists from around the world. The effort shared the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

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Environment
3:51 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mine Application Moves Forward Despite Continued Debate

Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate this land in northern Wisconsin, developing a huge iron ore mine.
Credit Pete Rasmussen

Lake Effect's Susan Bence covers the mining debate in northern Wisconsin.

Debate continues over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.  The state legislature paved the way earlier this year for Gogebic Taconite to apply for permission to build the mine.

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Environment
12:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

No Signs of Asian Carp DNA in Lake Michigan Tributary

Asian carp could harm the Great Lakes in a number of ways. They could compete for food with native species. Silver carp can leap out of the water, possibly injuring boaters
Credit kategardiner.com

Researchers are analyzing water samples from rivers that feed into the Great Lakes.

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