Environment http://wuwm.com en Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wuwm.com/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest Arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful, it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 36994 at http://wuwm.com Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival http://wuwm.com/post/shifts-habitat-may-threaten-ruddy-shorebirds-survival An intrepid bird called the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/redknot/">red knot</a> migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 36996 at http://wuwm.com Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://wuwm.com/post/if-all-ice-melts-what-happens-hockey <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+All+The+Ice+Melts%2C+What+Happens+To+Hockey%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 36916 at http://wuwm.com The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://wuwm.com/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 36810 at http://wuwm.com The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System http://wuwm.com/post/nuclear-plant-may-be-hot-water-over-its-cooling-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Nuclear+Plant+May+Be+In+Hot+Water+Over+Its+Cooling+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The water temperature of some canals in South Florida has been rising. And that's a problem when the canals are used to cool a nuclear plant. The situation at the Turkey Point plant near Miami has federal regulators concerned. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Greg Allen 36697 at http://wuwm.com Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://wuwm.com/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 36681 at http://wuwm.com Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wuwm.com/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 editor 36628 at http://wuwm.com Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port Clean Up Continues at Slinger Derailment Site http://wuwm.com/post/clean-continues-slinger-derailment-site <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews are siphoning off diesel fuel that pooled near the tracks after Sunday evening's train collision 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:06:57 +0000 Susan Bence 36495 at http://wuwm.com Clean Up Continues at Slinger Derailment Site University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://wuwm.com/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/142189390/tonaw Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 36618 at http://wuwm.com University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens http://wuwm.com/post/our-birds-migratory-journeys-converge-baltimore-gardens A couple of times a month, a group of migrant women and their children gather to plant shrubs and flowers in Baltimore's expansive Patterson Park.<p>The gardens feed and shelter migratory birds as part of the Patterson Park Audubon Center's Bird Ambassadors program.<p>Neotropical birds like the black-throated blue warbler and the Baltimore oriole migrate from the East Coast down to places like Mexico and Central America for the winter, says Susie Creamer, director of urban education and conservation at the center.<p>"If you think about a bird flying above, up the East Coast, city after city, s Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 36547 at http://wuwm.com 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens