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Environment
3:53 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at an oversight hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:49 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new rules today to reduce emission levels for smog-causing ozone, which is linked to asthma and other health problems.

The draft measure calls for lowering the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. The agency said it would take comments on an ozone level as low as 60 ppb.

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Around the Nation
4:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

The Alabama gulf coast is heavily developed with condo and hotel properties. Now the state wants to use Gulf Coast restoration funds to build a new beach hotel and conference center.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:04 pm

Money is flowing now to Gulf Coast states to remedy damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent spill. All kinds of projects are underway, from building boat ramps to shoring-up marshland.

They're being paid for with a $1 billion down payment BP made toward its ultimate responsibility to make the Gulf Coast whole, a figure estimated to be up to $18 billion.

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Environment
6:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

High-Capacity Well Debate Runs Deep in Wisconsin's Central Sands

The Little Plover River in June, 2014.
Credit Erik Ness

The eight-county agricultural hub spans from Wausau to Portage.  Water abounds -the Wisconsin River, 300 lakes, mile upon mile of mile of trout streams.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:20 pm

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Milwaukee's New East Library Honors Its Past, While Folding in Sustainability

View from check out station through community room through to North Avenue.
S Bence

After sixteen months of construction and many more of planning, Milwaukee Public Library's new East Branch opens its doors to the public.

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What We Learn When Find Silence

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Environment
3:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48, and they're receding faster than ever before. That's a problem for the Pacific Northwest, where glaciers are crucial for drinking water, hydropower generation and salmon survival.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?

"Clouds are the most egalitarian of nature's displays 'cause we all have a great view of the sky" - Gavin Pretor-Pinney
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Gavin Pretor-Pinney's TED Talk

You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find beauty and perspective. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to stop for a moment every day and admire the beauty in the sky above and in our everyday lives.

About Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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