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Deforestation and Climate Change

Kojo examines the link between tropical forests and global climate and explores new initiatives that pay developing nations to preserve their wild areas.


Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.

What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."
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D.C. Ranks No. 2 For Energy Star Buildings; What Does That Mean?

Next to Los Angeles, D.C. has more Energy Star certified buildings than any U.S. city. But what exactly does that mean?
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D.C. Area Leaders Glean Lessons From Elk River Chemical Spill

The chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River has put the District's water security into relief at a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.


Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

The federal government just listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but states are pushing back hard, saying that restrictions could negatively impact a number of industries.