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Red Knot Population On The Decline

In the 1980s, experts counted more than 100,000 Red Knots, but over the last 20 years their numbers have fallen to an estimated 25,000.

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Put Down Oil Drill, Pick Up The Test Tube: Making Fuel From Yeast

Synthetic biologist Jay Keasling has already taught yeast to make the leading anti-malarial drug. His next project takes the technology a step further, using yeast to turn plant waste into diesel — and maybe gasoline and jet fuel, too.
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Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

NASA has a plan to fend off giant asteroids, but what about tsunamis, earthquakes, storms that last 45 days and mammoth floods? Earth scientists say science-based strategies can help communities prepare for the worst of the worst.
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Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.
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A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card, detailing the levels of bacteria measured at beaches across the nation. Several beaches on the East Coast get gold stars..

WAMU 88.5

Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society (Rebroadcast)

A new photography exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a little-known Environmental Protection Agency project created in the 1970s. Photographers commissioned by the agency traveled around the country, capturing images of environmental pollution, as well as a changing society.

WAMU 88.5

Environmental Outlook: New Conditions For The Keystone XL Pipeline

President Barack Obama tied approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to greenhouse gas emissions. For this month's Environmental Outlook: the latest hurdle for the proposed tar sands project.

WAMU 88.5

Environmental Outlook: Combating Light Pollution

America is losing its dark sky. Artificial light at night is harming sea turtles and other animals and has been linked to health problems in humans. For this month's Environmental Outlook, fighting light pollution.

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Environmental Outlook: "What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?" By Tony Juniper

One of Britain's leading environmentalists argues nature has an economic value that can be measured. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how money really can grow on trees.

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Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans

President Obama on Tuesday announced a wide-ranging plan to address climate change. Rather than taking it to Congress, Obama is implementing the plan on his own. The president wants the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The biggest source of those emissions is coal-fired facilities.

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