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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.

Shell Gets Interior Department's Ok To Drill Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Conditions include plans to protect animal species and to prevent oil spills. The exploration will take place over multiple years in the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Siberia.

In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.


Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

An environmental sustainability group assessed how 37 U.S. food companies are responding to escalating water risks. It found most have a long way to go to improve water efficiency and other practices.

U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems.

Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

Why California Farmers Are Conflicted About Using Less Water

Cities in California have been ordered to cut water use. Farms have not, yet. Inside the industry, there's a quiet debate: Does it makes sense to invest in water-conserving tech now — or later?

In Midst Of Drought, Why Not Harvest Water From The Air?

All Tech Considered explores some experimental and lesser-used technologies for harvesting and disinfecting water.
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Harvest Limit On Chesapeake Menhaden Loosened, But Is It Enough?

Harvest limits on menhaden for commercial fishermen are being loosened in the Chesapeake Bay, even as the Coastal Conservation Commission agreed to start considering the impact on wildlife in future harvest limits.


Two Guys In Paris Aim To Charm The World Into Climate Action

It's a nightmarish job: No exercise or fresh air and little food and sleep for days at a time, all in an effort to persuade 200 countries to save Earth's climate and the planet. Can they do it?