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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Should Fairfax Spray For Cankerworms? Butterfly Fans Say 'No'

The Fall Cankerworm is a pest that can kill deciduous trees with their constant feasting, but environmentalists and wildlife advocates are urging Fairfax County officials not to spray for then.


Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, the San Gabriel River's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up there.

Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

You Think Your City Is Full Of Trash? Ha!

Welcome to Kathmandu — or as some call it, Trashmandu. Even in the best of times, rubbish piles up everywhere. Now things have gotten worse.


Paris Bans Some Cars For A Day To Battle Smog

The French capital last week briefly dethroned New Delhi and Beijing as the world's most polluted city, according to one company that measures air quality.

In California's Fourth Year Of Drought, New Regulations and $1 Billion In Relief

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on how effective California's new water restrictions will be in the midst of the state's historic drought.

Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.
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Maryland Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Strict Fracking Bill

After a week of intense debate, the Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill creating some of the strictest liability standards in the U.S. for fracking companies.

Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

An uptick in malnourished pups on the coast has rescue centers struggling to keep up. Changing weather patterns and warmer ocean waters could be to blame, but it's still too early to tell.