RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

'The Barge' Seeks To Keep Invasive Species From Hitching A Ride Overseas

Researchers are working on a barge docked in Baltimore to find ways to get rid of invasive species that arrive on international cargo ships.


Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

California's Bishop Pines Are Dying. Is Drought To Blame?

Bishop pine only grows in a handful of places on the West Coast. In one of those places, the drought-stricken Channel Islands off the coast of California, they're dying off in huge numbers.

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. So the federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.

San Diego Homeowners Rip Up Their Lawns In Exchange For Rebates

The massive California drought means homeowners are coming to terms with the fact that water used on their lawns is water wasted. Many cities are offering rebates for people who take out their grass. But the conversion away from grass is still sometimes a tough sell.

As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.

Climate Change Meeting To Focus On Ensuring Countries Keep Commitments

The meeting in Bonn, Germany, comes a day after European energy companies urged countries to adopt a pricing system for carbon emissions.

10 Years Since Katrina: A Look Back At The Busiest Hurricane Season

Meteorologists say this year's hurricane season will be quieter than usual. But if a Category 3 or higher hit the U.S., it would be the first time since 2005, one of the worst years on record.

Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.