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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.

For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

For the first time, scientists have estimated the amount of antibiotics pigs, chickens and cows consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

Some Anxiety, But No Slowdown For North Dakota Oil Boom Town

Low oil prices have led to a drop in drilling, but not as much as you might expect. In some parts of the state's Bakken oil patch, production continues at a feverish pace.

Interior Dept. Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establishes safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.
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'Rain Tax' Repeal Clears Another Hurdle In Maryland Legislature

The state Senate has given preliminary approval to repealing the mandate that local governments charge residents the fee in order to pay for federally mandated cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.