1:55 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

As Great Barrier Reef Ails, Australia Scrambles To Save It

These scuba divers are among the 2 million tourists who visit the Great Barrier Reef each year. They contribute about $5.6 billion to Australia's economy, according to the Queensland government.
Steve Dorsey for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:37 pm

The Great Barrier Reef has long been in trouble. One Australian government report in 2012 estimated the reef had lost more than half its coral since 1985.

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2:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Some Scientists Want Wisconsin's Wolves Relisted As Endangered

Credit WDNR

Earlier this month, six researchers from around the country issued a letter of concern about the management of Wisconsin’s wolf population. 

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11:41 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rishi Tea Settles into Menomonee Valley

Credit S Bence

Two Rufus King grads created Rishi Tea 17 years ago. Three moves and a lot of growth later, the company built a 50,000 square foot building with plenty of extra room in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.

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The Salt
10:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

These pomegranates are about an inch smaller than the typical size, but they're packed with antioxidants.
Courtesy of Tiziana Centofanti

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:36 pm

California's severe drought is putting stress on everyone these days: the residents whose wells are running dry; the farmers forced to experiment with growing their produce with much less water; and of course, the thirsty fruits and vegetables themselves.

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10:12 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Evidence of Asian Carp DNA Detected in Green Bay Waters, Heightens Concern for Great Lakes

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Silver carp DNA was discovered in the Fox River, a tributary of Lake Michigan.

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4:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

The San Luis Reservoir in central California is the largest "off-channel" reservoir in the U.S. It is currently at less than 30 percent of its normal capacity.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:44 pm

The past few years have been California's driest on record. Forecasters predict that punishing droughts like the current one could become the new norm.

The state uses water rationing and a 90-year-old water distribution system to cope until the rains come. The system is a huge network of dams, canals and pipes that move water from the places it rains and snows to places it typically doesn't, like farms and cities.

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3:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:03 pm

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4:33 am
Sun October 19, 2014

The Kissimmee: A River Re-Curved

The restoration's goal is to put as much of the Kissimmee as possible back to the way it was. This photo shows the river after restoration.
Courtesy the South Florida Water Management District

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 2:18 pm

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves.

That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path.

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8:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Workers drill for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D., an area experiencing an oil boom.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:52 am

The dustiest portion of my home library includes the 1980s books — about how Japan's economy would dominate the world.

And then there are the 1990s books — about how the Y2K computer glitch would end the modern era.

Go up one more shelf for the late 2000s books — about oil "peaking." The authors claimed global oil production was reaching a peak and would soon decline, causing economic chaos.

The titles include Peak Oil and the Second Great Depression, Peak Oil Survival and When Oil Peaked.

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6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Life Begins to Sprout in Milwaukee's Century City

Next spring, construction of General Capitol's 4.5 acre manufacturing building will begin. A ribbon of trees and walkway will also run along Century City's eastern border.
City of Milwaukee

The former home of A.O Smith, on the city’s north side, stood vacant for years. Now, new construction is helping revitalize the former manufacturing hub.

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