Texas farmers were boggled in the 1950s when rain refused to fall for seven years. Crops and livestock suffered from the drought, which later spurred water planning initiatives so the state could survive in the event of another dry spell. Some growers still recall what's colloquially called "the drouth."
The Science Friday Book Club meets for the first time this week, to talk about Rachel Carson's classic book, Silent Spring. Carson biographer William Souder joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to discuss Carson's writing style and the book's legacy, 50 years after it was published.
Rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidity can kill coral reefs. But a new study finds that dead reefs can potentially recover from catastrophes if ocean temperatures stabilize. Some scientists say the resiliency of coral reef may be the key to their survival.
Most people like trees — right up until a storm like last Friday's mid-Atlantic "derecho" knocks one into their car. So when is a tree merely nice to look at and when does it become a hazard? Robert Siegel talks to Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist at the Tree Care Industry Association, about how homeowners can safely care for their trees.
A panel of experts says the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan was a "man-made" crisis which could have been prevented. The panel said Thursday that "collusion" between the government, industry regulators and the plant operator turned the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami into one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
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