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West Virginians Still Stocking Up On Water, Fearing Pollution

Life is still anything but normal for some 300,000 people around Charleston, W.V. It's been more than a month since a leak from chemical storage tanks polluted the water supply. And many are still relying on bottled water to drink. Others have gone to lengths to avoid using the water at all. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.)

Is It Really Safe? Testing West Virginia's Water

After the Jan. 9 chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River, more than 300,000 people lost access to clean, safe drinking water. Government authorities have said the water is now "usable" for all purposes including drinking, but many residents say they don't trust the water.

Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Rutgers professor Jennifer Francis says the warming polar air is causing the jet stream to meander, slowing down the march of weather systems across the northern latitudes.

Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Weasel-like fishers, spotted owls and other small predators have become collateral damage as illegal marijuana growers push deep into remote forests of Northern California. Biologists warn that the heavy use of insecticide and rat poison to protect crops is pushing some wildlife species to the edge.

Even From Space, Near-Record Ice On Great Lakes Is Chilling

This winter's extra-cold temperatures mean that nearly 90 percent of the five lakes' total surface area is covered with ice. That's approaching the record high of nearly 95 percent, set in February 1979. Satellite images help tell the story.
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DC Water Proposes Green Infrastructure

DC Water is building huge tunnels to comply with a court order to end sewer overflow into local rivers. Now permeable-pavement bike lanes and green roofs could join the mix.


Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Mount Kelud blasted volcanic soot 12 miles into the air on the island of Java as it erupted, killing several people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands.

Report: Burning Natural Gas Is Better Than Using Coal

Methane is both a fuel and a potent greenhouse gas. A study in Science magazine suggests that about 50 percent more methane is leaking into the atmosphere than official estimates suggest. Even so, they conclude that it's better for the environment to switch electricity generation from coal power plants to those that burn methane.

In A Damp Country, Record-Breaking Rains Flood Britain

Britons are accustomed to rain. But the wettest January in British history has led to extensive flooding and forced many to flee their homes for extended periods. And there's no relief in sight.